Vertical Veg – inspiring and supporting food growing in tiny spaces The Urban Farm Container Vegetable Gardening Systems. Mexican group tackles pollution with vertical gardens When people think of Mexico City, they think of many different things — traffic congestion, for example, or colonial churches, or snow-covered volcanoes . . . or traffic congestion. They do not think of the pristine quality of the air. There’s a reason for that. Although far cleaner than it used to be, the atmosphere that sustains the city’s roughly 20 million residents remains severely laden with contaminants. But that doesn’t mean a city can’t dream, and the massive urban conglomeration that serves as Mexico’s capital is dreaming these days — en verde. “We wanted to make something that would cause people to turn around, something that would not be overlooked, and in this way to create consciousness,” explains Mexican architect Fernando Ortiz Monasterio, the designer of seven living, breathing sculptures that have recently sprouted at some of the capital’s busier intersections. In other words: vertical gardens. But the city suffers from a chronic shortage of public gardens.
Vertical Gardening Vertical Gardening:The Key to a Lack of Floor Area Vertical gardening is another branch of the many faces of vegetable container gardening. The vertical vegetable garden layout is a particularly good idea if you do not have a large footprint area on the ground where you can grow things. Growing Upwards! Vertical growing is particularly suited to climbing plants such as runner beans, French beans, peas, squash, cucumbers and courgettes, melons and even marrows. This can be done in many ways depending on the plants being grown. Another common and easy method of vertical growing for things like beans is to make a kind-of wigwam shape with bamboo sticks stuck into the container, and tied at the top. Ready-constructed tomato cages or spirals are a good example of the type of supports that are readily available on the market for your tomato plants. The structure can be moved to a position above the pots so they can all climb onto it from both sides. Use Your Airspace!
DIY Vertical Garden A DIY Vertical Garden Example Ever since coming across Patrick Blanc’s vertical garden I’ve been interested to observe how this technology might transform the home gardening scene. I mean, it’s only a matter of time before we begin running out room for gardens to grow on a horizontal plane. For most home gardeners the concept isn’t a new one. The reason: Whereas all our other vertical gardening exploits centred around plants being grounded in the soil, the vertical garden has absolutely no dependency on the ground. But for most home gardeners, Patrick Blanc and his artworks are far beyond the comprehension and resources available to them. However, as we have already experienced with increasing gas prices our conservative views of the world may need to change. So, here’s a challenge for us all – myself included. A few helpful links to get your DIY Vertical Garden started The basics of a DIY Vertical Garden The frame is basically the support for the vertical garden. Conclusion
Can Urban Farming Go Corporate? Farms have sprouted in cities across the country over the past several years as activists and idealists pour their sweat into gritty soil. Now Paul Lightfoot wants to take urban agriculture beyond the dirt-under-your-nails labor of love. He wants to take it corporate. In June, Lightfoot's company, BrightFarms, announced a deal with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., or A&P, to provide New York City-grown vegetables to the local chain's supermarkets year-round. With similar deals announced for St. "We're not trying to change the fringes of the supply chain," he said. The idea to grow more food within city limits has spread in recent years along with increased awareness about the quality of our food and where it comes from. In New York, two startups have already begun growing vegetables from the city's large commercial rooftops. "New York is really at the forefront of this," said Kubi Ackerman, of the Urban Design Lab at Columbia University's Earth Institute.
A Vertical Garden Feeds 10,000+ Visitors to Chicago O'Hare Airport Growing Your Greens/Video screen capture John of Growing Your Greens has been busy in Chicago. No sooner does he post a video of an old meat packing plant morphing into a gigantic vertical farm and food processing facility, than we also get a visit to an urban garden that is bang in the middle of Chicago O'Hare airport. Using an aeroponic Tower Garden growing system, the garden is growing lettuce, greens and herbs for airport restaurants with an almost zero transportation footprint. There is always a significant energy footprint involved with growing food indoors. As John notes, the lighting alone is likely to be sucking up a considerable amount of energy. The educational and entertainment aspect of this project alone make it worthwhile in my book. But this is definitely a step in the right direction.
Green Wall Musée du quai Branly Patrick selected "a range of species from the world's main temperate zones, essentially from the northern hemisphere (North America, Europe, the Himalayas, China, Japan). A few of the species were collected in Korea and Japan, such as Elastostema umbellatum, Pilea petiolaris, and Ixeris stonlonifera. I also incorporated a few species from the southern hemisphere's temperate zones, such as Berberis darwinii and B. linearifolia from Chile and Phygelius capensis from South Africa. "It was obviously impossible to include tropical species in the Paris outdoors, on a façade with northern exposure swept by air currents from the Seine. Writing in The New York Times article entitled "Quai Branly: A perverse, magical space" Nicolai Ouroussoff said, "By contrast, the exterior of the administration building is swallowed up by a vertical carpet of exotic plants punctured by big windows.