Did you notice I was missing yesterday? I had probably one of the craziest days imaginable and with me trying to get ready for a jaunt to New Orleans later in the week, the timing couldn’t have been worse. I didn’t get into my office until 9pm last night. I thought that would be a little too late to post. Hoping for a better and much smoother day today.
What I was going to tell you about was this latest craze I keep reading up on everywhere. Vertical gardening. Although not a new concept, it’s a hot trend lately and I can understand the appeal. It strikes me as a perfect solution for those, like me, with not enough time for growing a full feast in their backyard. Or, even better, for those without a backyard altogether.
When I first saw the pallet garden above, from the super creative site Life on the balcony , I imagined it on my back deck. Easy to maintain, cheap to install and I can have a variety of herbs and other plants without investing a whole lot of time or space.
You can add smaller containers underneath on a bench or the floor, as pictured above, for veggies that will do better on the ground such as tomatoes. Or hang a few pots along with the main garden for visual interest and a greater variety of growing options.
There is one major drawback you have with vertical gardens, it’s a must to water them frequently. Since there is no earth to root into and the open design allows for quick drainage, it requires one to be more attentive. The trade off, no big weeding sessions on your knees. That alone makes all the extra watering worth it.
The possibilities are endless with this approach to gardening and with a little creativity and TLC you can have your own grown up garden.
Some more items on the subject that I think may be helpful.
- Vertical Vegetables
- Grow Up and Garden Up!
- # 3 on the list for 2011 While you’re there, check out #5. I wrote about it here.
- WoollyWallPockets (say that 10 times fast!) *added link 4/25/11
Get growing and you will…