I'm a PhD student based in London. I would like my own private office space and yesterday I had the idea of renovating a 20ft shipping container and using it for this purpose. Essentially it would need a desk, an office chair, a few shelving units and an external power source. As for location, almost anywhere is fine provided it's within an hour or so of my home in North London... wasteland, an industrial estate... it doesn't really matter.
How viable is this? And how much would I be looking to spend in order to achieve this, taking into account land costs / rent etc?
posted by FuckingAwesome
on Aug 28, 2013 -
I'm looking to outfit an apartment window garden with some kick-ass pots of various sizes and shapes. Where's the best online retailer of not-plastic, not-boring brown, pots and gardening containers? Bonus if they sell supplies like potting soil and live plants and seeds.
posted by The Whelk
on Apr 26, 2013 -
My friend's apartment had a small fixture in the bathroom that I've never seen before. Help me identify it. [more inside]
posted by Fuego
on Oct 23, 2012 -
Is coarse sand a cheap alternative to perlite, coconut coir or vermiculite when you want to use it in container garden? [more inside]
posted by boby
on Aug 7, 2012 -
Shipping filter- Moving from Helsinki, Finland back to NY and struggling with getting my stuff shipped. [more inside]
posted by wile e
on Jun 11, 2012 -
This year I'm trying container gardening for the first time. I've planted some indoors stuff (peppers, physalis, chervil) and am waiting for the shoots to come up. Tomato seeds are on the way (hopefully).
I live in Amsterdam (think NYC climate) in an apartment, and I've got a teensie tiny (30cm by 2m / 1' by 7') french balcony facing southeast that I'm going to try to make the most of. At the back (southwest), I've got much more space (about 3m2/27 sq ft), but due to the surrounding buildings it's almost always shadowy and drafty there. I'd really like to make use of this space though, seems like a waste not to. Any ideas what plants I could try growing there?
(Please don't say salad. I hate salad.)
posted by Skyanth
on Apr 12, 2012 -
Please help me create a hobby or semi-constructive pastime out of my fascination with supply chains, logistics, and shipping. Let me explain. [more inside]
posted by kinsey
on Jan 4, 2012 -
What materials can I use to decorate (i.e. completely cover and disguise) the outside of a plastic container? I have made some self-watering planters from storage containers, but they’re very ugly as-is and I want to decorate them. Looking for methods that are durable and weather-resistant, and (if known) won’t leech into the plastic and the soil. [more inside]
posted by Nattie
on Oct 28, 2011 -
Two questions regarding an impending long, early morning commute and smoothies (in order of importance): have you found a "base smoothie mix" I can make in advance on Sundays (and possibly Wednesdays) for use later in the week that I can add frozen berries/granola to for a quick breakfast? And also, is there a badass (stainless steel, preferably) ~32 oz thermos/cup with a lock-tight sealing lid that you love? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones
on Aug 15, 2011 -
Can you identify what this truck is carrying? A truck towing two trailers, each with 4 cylinders. Marked radioactive. (photo inside) [more inside]
posted by MiG
on Jun 26, 2011 -
I planted climbing peas about 2 weeks ago and they are turning yellow, drying out despite a fair amount of water, and losing their nice green color. I think I overwatered them to begin with, but I let them go without water for a few days, and put them outside so they could get more light. Now they look like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/60463163@N06/?saved=1
Please help! What should I do? I live in San Jose, zone 8B if that matters. Nights are in the upper 40's and days are in the mid to upper 60's. Gardening newbie, all other plants are doing well.
posted by luciddream928
on Mar 9, 2011 -
I am planting a container garden for the first time. I am planting herbs and vegetables that require 36" of space when mature, but I'm wondering if I need to give them that much space when I am sowing them and growing seedlings? [more inside]
posted by luciddream928
on Feb 24, 2011 -
There's been a few great threads on travel mugs, but what I need is the perfect large desk mug. [more inside]
posted by TayBridge
on Feb 2, 2011 -
I want a new coffee/tea container. It should be microwave-safe, dishwasher-safe with a sealable cap and a close loop handle. Is that too much too ask for? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide
on Oct 5, 2010 -
I am sitting here drinking coffee from a Crate & Barrel jumbo mug (ie reasonably specialist item), made in China. What journey did it take from its origin in China to get to my kitchen? I'm particularly interested here in how freight & distribution of specialist items works - ie if you're shipping rice, I'm guessing you just fill an ISO container with rice and send it off, but if you've got lots of weird little things, how is the contents, packing, count, destination etc of a container determined?
posted by forallmankind
on Sep 19, 2010 -
We are planning to move a 3 bedroom house from California to Anchorage Alaska. We are wondering if it would be possible to purchase our own container, and then hire a truck driver to move it for us?
We are also wondering if it might be possible to have the container delivered to a storage facility where we might leave if for around a year while we take some time to tour the country? [more inside]
posted by mechantbruce
on Aug 24, 2010 -
Sweet MetaFilter, would anyone happen to have a quick fix regarding a Xerox Workcentre 7132? The poor machine is asking me to replace the Waste Toner Container [R3] and Cleaning Bar [R4] . . . yet my workplace has no spares to replace! Is there anyway I can trick/jimmy/cajole the beast in order to induce proper functioning until a replacement arrives?
posted by caseymichael
on Apr 1, 2010 -
logisticsfilter: I would like to have the contents of my public storage unit in chicago shipped to hamburg. how should I go about it and how much is it going to cost me? [more inside]
posted by krautland
on Jan 11, 2010 -
I've read that it's a bad idea to plant small plants into larger pots (the idea being that they will grow into the large pot). Instead, you're supposed to keep the plant in the smallest appropriate container and move up as it grows. Why? What will happen if I just start a plant in a container that's bigger than it needs?
posted by tumbleweedjack
on Oct 17, 2009 -
Every year on my porch in Boston, Ma. I grow a few different vegetables in large planters. This year one is pumpkins
After several years of growing crops in the same soil, how can I rejuvenate the soil to make it better for the next crop?
posted by boby
on Jul 21, 2009 -
Newbie gardening question: I'm very new to gardening and have some questions about drainage. I live in an apartment, so can only grow things in containers. For plants on the balcony, I'm using terra cotta pots with a hole in the bottom and setting them on the matching saucers. But what about indoor plants? Do all pots need drainage holes? [more inside]
posted by wsquared
on Jun 23, 2009 -
Help me find a seven-day pill container (with a few desired characteristics, of course). [more inside]
posted by brandman
on Jun 22, 2009 -
I need to find a freight forwarder that can arrange all of the details for door-to-door shipping of a 20' x 8'6" ISO standard cargo container from the west coast of the USA to Pakistan. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus
on Nov 20, 2008 -
What plants are suitable for putting on our deck in Seattle? There's no yard/soil, so they must live in containers. The deck is quite large so I was thinking about large decorative plants like small trees or some form of bamboo. Climate-wise, we have the typical PNW weather of moist winters that only fall below freezing a few days out of the year. Also, we are completely ignorant of gardening and would rather have something that can survive with a minimum of attention.
posted by matildaben
on Nov 18, 2008 -
I'm working on an electric recumbent bicycle using a Bike-E as the bike part. I want to hang my batteries below the seat by building two containers to hang on the sides of the Bike-E's alloy beam body. What's the best way to build the container? [more inside]
posted by diode
on Oct 31, 2007 -
I need to move a forty foot shipping container 120 yards across a grassy field and turn a corner and another 20 yards. [more inside]
posted by Mhead
on Mar 25, 2006 -
Where is the least expensive place and/or company/or source in the United States to buy used ocean going shipping containers? [more inside]
posted by DreamStar
on Oct 2, 2005 -
I'm moving into a new apartment in Chicago on June 1st, and I'm hoping to be able to have window boxes. There's also a ground-floor patio (shared with one other person), and I'm thinking of starting some container-type gardening. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by bibbit
on May 9, 2005 -
we have a deck on our house where I've planted tomatoes in the past. we wanted to get a custom plant container that is 3 feet high, 6 feet long and 2.5 feet wide custom made for that space. it is prohibitively expensive. i thought I remember reading somewhere about making plant containers using concrete and peat moss or something to make it lighter in weight. i think i read it in martha stewart or something. i can't remember how to do it. it's not a big deck so the dimensions are really limited. any suggestions?
posted by dstrouse91
on Mar 23, 2005 -
If police found a container that to them obviously contained drugs (but there were no drugs in it, except for maybe a small coating of dust in the case of cocaine, or a few flakes of marijuana), could they charge you with anything? (The container in this instance would be a baggie or a box, nothing that is explicity "drug paraphanalia.")
posted by agregoli
on Feb 9, 2005 -
Does milk go bad faster if you drink straight from the container? [Moo inside] [more inside]
posted by ssmith
on Oct 2, 2004 -