Here in los angeles housing is expensive but there’s an alternative which could save about thirty percent on construction cost shipping container homes CBS News Tuesday market shows us more as the cost of living rises the way we live is changing people are living in modular homes prefab homes and even shipping container homes. containers get all the headlines countless shipping containers come into the ports of LA and Long Beach and many of them stay but.
Some are being repurposed into everything from retail spaces to homes when Paula approached me about a shipping container home I thought this is insane and then I met Peter and I still thought it was insane. Matt and Paula dowd are using shipping containers to build two shipping container homes in Redondo Beach one for them and one for Grandma. I can age in place and my grandchildren will grow up here and I’ll be with my daughter and my son inlaw. they’re building with architect.
Peter demaria but it’s an idea that still stirs controversy. in this area you mostly find Mediterranean or craftsman style homes and you bring something like this to the city and they’re like, yeah I don’t know? it took several trips to the City Council to get their property approved with multiple modifications to the design and Matt had the same concerns as the city. my opinion was oh my gosh it’s going to be boxy and corrugated but many homes built from shipping containers look like this and.
This all of these homes were designed by the architect very few people be able to tell wow that’s a shipping container home. containers are the thing that really breaks down the door and people say maybe I can do the little bit differently and I’m not going to sacrifice quality and I’m not going to sacrifice on the size of the house and all of it translates into doing it less expensively. most containers can be covered with any surface like.
Wood stucco or vinyl siding and it’s affordable while maintaining quality in general they’re around 30 percent less than traditional construction a great value but the quality of construction is a heavy gauge steel that that blows away wood frame house a comforting thought in quakeprone Southern California and by upcycling metal containers it’s one of the greenest options available so the containers become a means to an end.
We’re changing the way we think about building and we’re saving the planet. we’re taking material and upcycling it as opposed to cutting down five or six acres of forest every time we put up a new wood frame house. DeMaria says there’s a revolution to change how we live and the Dowd’s are early adopters and I think this is how a great progress is made really this happen overnight and the fact that we’re building shipping container homes makes it less.
How To Grow Okra In Containers Growing Nombo Giant Okra in 4K
Hello everyone in today’s episode we’ll look at growing okra in containers so we are starting our okra seeds indoors this is the nombo giant okra and since it’s just January when I’m starting the seeds they should be ready in about four to six weeks which is around about the end of the frost seasons in my area.
Now if you’re starting okra directly outdoors you need to wait till the temperatures beach about 65 to 70 fahrenheit and that’s when you should be starting your okra if you’re starting indoors start about six weeks before your last frost date so you can see here that then around March the plants have grown to about four inches or so and this is a good time to transplant your seedlings into a.
Larger container we’re using a whiskey barrel container here a lot of you have asked me where we get these containers and how large they are so they’re about 22 inches in diameter and you can buy them at your local garden stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot they are also available in costco at a very good price.
So if you’re a costco member this is a good container to buy from costco so what we’re doing here is we are just transplanting seedlings the soil mix that we have used is a standard soil mix a standard potting mix of thirty percent peat moss thirty percent perlite thirty percent compost and about ten percent of worm castings.
Now this is enough nutrition for the seedlings to grow for a few weeks but i highly recommend that you do add a liquid fertilizer like seaweed and fish emulsion mix so when you’re watering your plants are just mix it into the water and water your plants very well just drench the foliage as well as the ground as well as the soil beneath it and you want your soil to be well draining now when you set up your container for the.
First time it might happen that your soil doesn’t drain too well because it’s trying to absorb all the moisture for the first time but eventually your soil should be well draining that’s the number one reason why a lot of gardeners are not able to grow more vegetables is because the soil is not when draining so you need to have soil that drains very quickly and you will shortly see that the soil that we have is actually very fast draining.
Now we had an unusually cool march april and may in our area so okra needs very warm temperatures here you can see that even in april and may the plant has shown a little bit of growth but not really a lot of growth that is because for okra plants to grow well the daytime temperatures have to be in the seventies and the nighttime temperatures temperatures also have to be at least around 60 to 70 degrees.
That’s when the okra will start growing and you can see here that by june is when the plant actually shows a lot of bigger and it’s showing that one okra that’s grown and till June it was a very slow ride but we’re going to go ahead and harvest our first okra this is in june but once the warm weather kicks in and you have hard days and warm nights.