vertical gardens

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Vertical gardens is a means of maximizing a little ground space to grow allot of fruit, veg, or other plants. It is a very useful system if you are living in an urban area, and either have a small back garden, or a balcony. It could also be the future of self sufficient food production in urban areas. We on the swomp dream of a future where city building facades are covered with edible gardens. Where people could just reach out their windows to pluck their own fresh tomatoes.

netafOne of the swompers built a vertical garden on her balcony. A metal grid is held into place by a wooden frame over a heavy (but porous) fabric, which has about 15cm of earth between the fabric and the wall. You sow seeds as you fill the structure. With the most water requiring plants near the bottom of the structure, and more dry soil requiring plants near the top, as the garden drys up from top to bottom. One of the great features of this style of vertical garden is that you can add your kitchen/garden waste on top to add nutrients to the soil, which will pass down over time and watering to the bottom of the vertical garden.

netgeplantA few weeks after planting, the seedlings start to poke trough the fabric like little blades of grass. You then open the fabric a little around the sprouting shoots with a knife to give the plants room to mature.

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As you can see it works perfectly. This system not only allows you to grow allot on a very little space, but adds a new dimension to your home and garden.

Want to build one yourself? Check here to do it.

Fruit and veg tower.

On the Swomp we built a fruit and veg tower. We did this by building a brick construction around a mass of earth, which is reinforced with a pile of bricks in the middle. By leaving gaps between the bricks we made growing space where we planted strawberries, kale, miner’s lettuce and spinach on top.

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t6Another great advantage of this style of vertical garden, is that the bricks absorb and retain the heat from the sun well into the evening. Raising the soil temperature, and giving the plants more hours of heat. This allows the plants to exceed their potential in both size and yield.

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2 Comments

  1. Chelle said,

    March 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Neat ideas!

  2. June 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    […] climb up the wall. Also there are ways to build an actual vertical garden. On the page ‘vertical gardens‘ you can find an artical about this. Also we wrote an step by step plan on how to make it. […]


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