We're doing things a bit differently this week! The video version of this blog has been posted to the community page only, and you'll notice some changes in format. What hasn't changed are the awesome builds being showcased this week, which are all gardening related. Let's jump into it!
John has a side hustle where he grows and delivers microgreens. He had an old shelf made out of wood that he used for transporting them, but it couldn't fit very many trays, so he decided to build a new one with more space. He made this shelf with four simple things: conduit, 90 Degree Connectors, rubber feet, and wire shelves. The materials may be simple, but the build provides everything John needs for delivering his microgreens. The wire shelves especially are a great idea for builds like this. Thanks for posting, John, and best wishes to you and your business!
Jason made this awesome garden enclosure out of conduit, T Connectors, 90 Degree Connectors, Four Way Connectors, and 5 Way Connectors. He also used rebar and rebar wire to secure the poles to the ground. Because rebar doesn't fit all that well in conduit pipes, he put vinyl tubing over the poles to increase their diameter and make them more secure. He painted the structure brown, added river rocks for the floor, and enclosed the area with hardware cloth around the bottom and deer netting over the rest of the frame. Before building the enclosure, Jason modeled it with Maker Pipe Minis, then put his plan into action. The entire enclosure is beautiful. Thanks, Jason!
Would you have guessed that this patio and garden area was made from an above ground pool? Steve filled the pool in and built this garden, but the scorching sun and the deer were relentless in killing his plants, so he set out to solve both of those problems. He did that with EMT, T Connectors, 90 Degree Connectors, and 180 Degree Connectors, then topped it off with a sunshade. The area looks great and hopefully the deer will lay off trying to snack on the plants after this build. Thank you for posting, Steve!
Marco shared this beautiful grow room through email. Microgreens, hydroponics, and all kinds of plants are growing on shelves made from Maker Pipe. The shelves allow for a tiered unit custom built for their gardening needs. Thanks for sending these in, Marco!
With the arrival of spring comes the arrival of all kinds of gardening, and how will you protect your plants from hungry critters without an enclosure? This enclosure was built by Paul and uses a couple of useful hacks, one of them being using treated lumber for a base, then attaching the conduit poles to the inside of it using one-hole (or maybe two-hole) straps. He zip-tied deer netting to the frame, which was made with conduit, T Connectors, 4 Way Connectors, and 5 Way Connectors. He also used a hinge made for PVC pipe, but adapted for conduit with self-tapping screws. It's always cool to see how members of the community use their own ideas and the ideas of other community members to build something specific to their needs. Thanks for posting, Paul!
Speaking of new ideas, Ben has done something in this build that hasn't been done very often before. He cast the conduit in cement to create a solid base for his deep water culture hydroponic tomato trellis. The trellis itself is made with conduit and T Connectors. The plants are growing nice and tall and the tomatoes are looking great. Thanks, Ben!
And speaking of supporting vegetables, Chris has made this wonderful a-frame for his vegetables with, not conduit, but 1/2" PVC. It's great to see other materials being used with our connectors, as it allows for even more creative opportunity. The connectors used in this build were T Connectors and 180 Degree Connectors. The color of the pipes brings attention to the veggies being grown on the frame. Thanks for posting, Chris!
David made this large trellis for his Dutch Bucket Hydroponics system. It stands at 8 feet tall, 20 feet long, and 2 feet wide. The frame is made with conduit, 90 Degree Connectors, 180 Degree Connectors, and 4 Way Connectors. The plants have room to grow quite tall and the whole system looks great. Thanks, David!
Dave made this really cool garden cart for his pepper plants out of a wooden pallet. He made a frame out of conduit and T Connectors, and flanges were used to attach it to the base (we've recently made a video on how to use flanges with EMT). A side of the frame is also hinged to allow for easy access to the inside. The deer don't stand a chance! Thanks for posting, Dave!
Please let us know how you like the changes made to Maker Pipe Monday! It was great to see all of the gardening builds for the summer season. If you have a build you'd like to share, you can do so through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, social media with #makerpipe, or you can post it to the community page. You can find the video version of this blog here. Thanks and happy building!