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You have the capability to make an island, and make it self-sustainingproviding you with both food and water, naturally. Its like getting tax free money! I am not an expert in this, but Ive searched the web to find what I think is important information for us.
Personal lily pads are generally small. Some saltwater tolerant plants, such as the Mangrove tree, will reach for the water below, even tie together your floats and make your island stronger. But most plants have to be grown in pots, and fed fresh water. It seems that the best pots are whats called self watering. It is essentially a container, such as a NFRC homemade pot, or even the plastic bag you got when you bought a bag of compost or potting soil, holding that soil. Just hang it sideways inside another plastic trash bag for the water. Make little slices in the top where you want to plant seeds, and put drainage holes in the bottom side of the compost bag a few inches above the water, making sure the dirt doesn't fall out. Just slice the compost bag for the seeds, and the plastic will reject flying weed seeds so you dont have to hoe it.
A few inches below it is the inside of other container (one container within another,) for water, (a trash bag or NFRC pot,) you only have to fill that water container once a week. But if youre smart, youll hook it to your Floppy Mill that fills it like a toilet tank whenever the wind blows, and stops when it gets full. After all, you never have to fuss with your toilet. You also have to have a "wicking chamer," that is a mechanism for lifting water from the reservoir back up into the soil, and a tube to fill the reservoir.
If youre growing vines on your ceiling, to both save space and make harvesting right above you at your kitchen table, (just reach up and grab it,) just make sure the leaves can see the sun outdoors, the fruit hangs down where you can reach it, and the vines have something to hang on to.
You could put in little greenhouse windows, or just holes in the roof for the plants to grow out of.
When I was on Saipan Island in the Pacific, I saw how the farmers had trellises for fruit, even watermelon, where the fruit hung from the trellis, and the leaves were up on the sunny side. Smart idea. It's amazing what their vines will hold.
It becomes automatic that way. You just have to move a leaf now and then, and eat the fruit. You dont even have to wash the grounds dirt and bugs off it, because it grows up above your picnic table. Grow the food where its going to be used. If it is to be cooked, grow it over the kitchen sink.
By the way, you can make all your furniture, table, benches, chairs, self-watering pots, sink, even your stove etc. from inexpensive NFRC, and even grow the fiber for free! And the wind or Sun can run your refrigerator.
Gurneys and Stark Bro's offer free catalogs of seeds, trees, and some veggies. Its a low cost way to feed yourself and your family tooeven grow your island. Use the sun and wind to work for you. Plant the right stuff in the right places. Its a no-brainer!
Now, Ive written about the room temperature still, that can be made within the Floppy Mill. You can have plenty of fresh water for you and your garden if you just do it right. Its better to be a gardener than a farmer. You work less.
Not to mention, you can start your seeds now, so they will be really ready when your island is.
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Thanks for your interest. Have Fun!