Using an old PC tower to make a planter for indoor growing is a way to recycle electronics and keep them out of landfills. The structure of a PC tower makes it the perfect size for growing small plants, such as herbs or flowers, or as a vegetable plant starter when using seeds. A grow box can be used to grow plants during the off season, because it acts like a mini greenhouse. PC grow boxes require only a few basic supplies.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- PC tower
- Polystyrene insulation sheets
- Grow light
- Extension cord
Remove one of the side panels from the PC tower with a screwdriver. Set aside the screws and the panel. Remove any internal wiring, fans and other equipment to make room for the planter.
Cut four sheets of polystyrene insulation to fit the sides, top and back panels of the PC box. The sheets will help increase the temperature of the PC planter box and hold heat in.
Attach the polystyrene sheets to the interior portions of the PC tower with glue. Allow the glue to dry completely before continuing.
Place the PC grow box in a warm area near an outlet. Use a surge protector to set up the grow box environment. Plug one to three grow lights into the surge protector and place them inside the PC grow box.
Put a plant in a planter and sit it in the box, where it will receive light and heat from the grow lights. Water the plant daily. Lean the remaining PC tower panel against the front of the grow box to trap heat inside and allow easy access to the plant.
Use a timer to turn off the grow lights periodically, to simulate the phases of natural light.
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