From Tim on July 24th, 2009 in Green Remodeling
One of the more interesting trends in gardening is to grow your plants straight up. A vertical garden can be grown indoors or outside. Growing a variety of herbs, vegetables, fruits, and succulents in this modern space-saving garden is easy. But if you’re not looking to cultivate fruits and vegetables, several types of plants and herbs will thrive in this controlled environment. With the right amount of sun and shade, your garden can turn into a living work of art.
On a larger scale these creeping gardens can improve the air quality and add a unique backdrop to a roof top apartment. Creating your own vertical garden is not a hard concept to wrap your brain around, but it’s something we don’t see everyday, so there are no hard and fast rules. Plants and vines have been growing up and over man-made objects forever, so maintaining a harmony between your garden and the building is the challenge. These gardens will grow in a wide range of temperatures and in all kinds of growing zones. They can become the prefect sunshield or just add a little green to your urban jungle. For a quick start to your own vertical garden, here are some of the best ideas for containers.
ELT Living Wall Systems is a great planter box. It’s useful in the home or along an outside wall. The beautiful wood system has individual containers built-in for soil and seed. This item works great with herbs in the kitchen or it can be placed outside to form an inspiring roof top garden. ELT now sells smaller systems with its own irrigation system for easier use. Various types of outdoor sedum can be grown in this container, along with indoor tropical plants, ferns, and many types of herbs.
Recycled rain gutters. All the credit goes to Suzanne Frosling of Alaska. She came up with this brilliant idea. Vegetables, flowers, herbs, and strawberries can be grown in this vertical garden. You can even install some drip irrigation to maximize its effectiveness.
Moss Trellis. To grow moss and other drought-tolerant succulents, buy a metal trellis. You can find these at Lowe’s or Home Depot. Start by covering the trellis with bird netting and use metal twist ties to secure it to the trellis. Next, secure sheet moss to the bird netting with more twist ties. The moss can be bought at your local nursery. After you’ve secured the moss to the bird netting, attach your succulents to the moss. To do this, weave the roots of the plants into the moss until the plants are firmly attached. Leave the trellis in a sunny area that receives about 4-6 hours of sunlight per day. In about two week’s time, the roots will have grown into the moss.