I've been reading a lot lately about vertical gardening, the many space-preserving systems that are popping up for growing plants vertically instead of down on the ground. This is definitely appealing to me-- me, who lives in a 300-square foot apartment. I'd love to be surrounded by plantlife on every wall to feel like I'm living in a rainforest!
I've come across some great vertical gardening solutions that I wanted to share with you, and many of them you can make yourself.
Pallet Garden from LifeOnTheBalcony.com
This is an amazing way to upcycle an old warehouse pallet and use very little space to grow quite a few plants. Take a look at the tutorial on Fern's site to see how easy it is to make your own, but don't forget, this type of wood is chemical treated and shouldn't be used for growing food. Now I'm just trying to figure out how to steal a pallet from the beer warehouse on the corner...
Living Walls from Woolly Pockets
If you want to make a living wall that looks like it's literally growing out of the building, try Woolly Pockets. These are fabric bags with built-in irrigation systems that you just hang on a wall, indoors or out. They're designed so they won't leak water or soil if you want to hang them in your living room!
Flora Grubb Gardens Succulent Wall
For a more refined living wall, get this dainty vertical succulent garden kit from Flora Grubb Gardens. You need to check out the close-up photos on their site, they are stunning! This wall panel is filled with hundreds of small succulent plants, and I love how they look like a sattelite map from far away.
This is a DIY vertical gardening project that's been going on for a few years. The Windowfarming Project has come up with instructions to build your own hydroponic window farming system from recycled materials that can be installed in pretty much any window, from a small kitchen window to a giant glass wall in a museum, and used to grow food all year round. The hydroponic system grows more food in less space by helping plants create smaller root systems, and the entire thing happens indoors so you can really do it anywhere. Possibly solving the world hunger problem? Or growing food on the moon?
Living Wall Pouches
This one might be my favorite because it's so simple: Two large pieces of felt are sewn together one on top of the other, quilted to create squares, and then slits are cut in the top layer to form pouches to stick plants inside. Genius! I already ordered fabric today to make one of these for myself that I plan to hang on the fence in my backyard. I got landscape fabric for the back (you know, the stuff you would usually lay down on the garden ground to keep out weeds) and Heather Bailey oilcloth for the front. (PS, I love Heather Bailey!) I have no idea if this will work, but as I'm sure you've already realized, I like to learn through experimentation.
Do you have any more vertical gardening examples to share?