This is something that is making me ponder the idea each time I see a representation of it or read a gardening article on the subject. We were on a trip to Thailand several years ago, and I was lucky enough to go to their version of the Chelsea Flower Show. There was an extraordinary display of vertical gardening and now 6 years later everyone is talking about it.
There is a great book by Derek Fell titled "Vertical Gardening" Grow Up, Not Out, For More Vegetables and Flowers for Much Less Space; the book talks about all kinds of vertical gardening from cool ways to stake vegetables to using the vertical kits that are out there right now.
If you have a small patio, deck, or simply want something green in your life and don't have a green thumb, this may be just what you need. There is a vertical wall with pockets that can be used for large more custom projects.....Jamie Drury just did this on HGTV recently
This on a smaller scale can be achieved by using a verticle kit. You can take it down for the winter, and actually winter the plants over, I think this system will enable you to do some funky patterns in your gardening space. Here is a picture of Hens & Chicks that were planted in the vertical box....very modern looking and the picture is so cool it is now the background on my cell phone.
I'm seriously considering adding this on my outdoor deck in some fashion next spring/summer. I love succulents and I think this is a great way to make a statement in my garden with them and not take up a lot of room.
Who would have thought that a pallet could be this groovy in the garden......I cannot wait to get my hands on one.......I have even seen them painted and plants are growing in them.
Another wild idea but it turned out great.....BRICKS, yes BRICKS planted with succulents, another terrific way to reuse / recycle.
I think this is a great way to have a vertical garden and small enough to create an art area and move it around.
So, look around your town, neighborhood, tag sales, yard sales, and come up with your own way to "grow up" this spring/summer!!!!
"It's the most wonderful time of the year".....nope; I'm not talking about Christmas, or going back to school.......I'm talking about that time of year when the garden is sleeping......but now is the BEST time to pine over all the gardening catalogs that are coming in the mail nearly as often as the Victoria's Secret catalog!!! Here are just a few that have arrived in my mailbox over the past couple of weeks.
Totally Tomatoes http://www.totallytomato.com/ I found this site last summer after it was too late to order, but I got on their mailing list......don't let the name fool you, all vegetables are represented in this catalog but if you want tomatoes this will interest you....well worth taking a look at.
Select Seeds is another catalog that came recently, this company has some great varieties of heirloom plants and seeds. I will definitely be ordering for my vertical gardening project this spring, but that is another post!!!! Burpee came in the mail this week....they are reliable and good for basic stuff. I have ordered seeds from them in year's past and was happy with the results.
Here are some great tips to ensure that your garden is ready for winter weather......believe me fellow gardeners, winter will come......all this glorious indian summer weather will end soon.
Mow your lawn short on the last mow of the season
Bring frost sensitive pots, such as terra cotta into the garage or shed for the winter. If you happen to miss this, then re purpose the broken pot for shards in the bottom of pots next spring:)
Drain water hoses and store them loosely coiled on the floor or on a hose reel, storing them during the winter on a hook will cause permanent kinks in the hose.
Turn off water supply to outside faucets to prevent the pipe from freezing and bursting.
Mulch; apply an organic one to beds & borders. This will keep the ground frozen during warm winter spells, so that shallow rooted plants and recent plantings aren't heaved out of the ground.
Be sure you wait until the first frost or close to it before applying your mulch, otherwise small unwanted animals may decide to winter over in your garden with a fresh supply of tender plantings to munch on. If your ground does not freeze, winter mulch is still vital for the protection of the ground.......so it is not leached of nutrients by winter rains.