Bottle Tower Gardens Provide Exceptionally Efficient Small Space Growing Dr. Willem Van Cotthem experimented with this vertical gardening system using recycled plastic bottles stacked and attached to a fence. He began with the 2011 growing season and continued through 2012 with great success. In Van Cotthem’s system, the height of the different towers vary, and can be 4, 5, or 6 bottles. Using this method, many towers can be installed in a small space. This garden remained productive through the 2011 growing season. For 2012, the same set of bottles and substrate was used and a huge variety of vegetable and herb species were planted. A simple and cheap, but very efficient and sustainable gardening method to grow vegetables and herbs in small spaces at home year after year.
How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden Good news and bad news. I had planned to film a short video showing you how to make a pallet garden, but the weather didn’t cooperate. I was stapling the landscape fabric onto the pallet when it started drizzling and got really windy. That’s the bad news. But I know I promised a tutorial today, so I took photos and have kept my word to share how to make the pallet garden. So keep reading my pallet loving friends, instructions on how to make your own pallet garden are just a few lines away… Find a Pallet The first thing you need to do is–obviously–find a pallet. Don’t just take the first pallet you find. Collect Your Supplies For this project, you’ll need the pallet you found, 2 large bags of potting soil, 16 six packs of annual flowers (one six pack per opening on the face of the pallet, and two six packs per opening on the top of the completed pallet garden), a small roll of landscape fabric, a staple gun, staples, and sand paper. Get Your Pallet into Shape Let the Stapling Begin!
What Is Vertical Farming? Experts estimate that by the year 2050 our world will be populated by 9 billion people. That’s 9 billion hungry mouths to feed. How will we do it? The agricultural system as it stands isn’t capable of supporting that many people. Something needs to change, and Dr. Photos via FarmedHere, one of the largest vertical farms in the U.S. What is vertical farming anyway? Despommier is an award-winning professor of microbiology at Columbia University and is the touted father and inventor of vertical farming. How it works Vertical farming is more than producing food indoors in an urban landscape. In theory, these farms would be entirely self-sufficient, taking energy from the sun and wind, as well as composting spent plants to produce energy. Another huge factor: The vertical farms would take up considerably less space than traditional farms, as one acre of vertical farm can grow the equivalent of 4-6 acres on a traditional farm. Advantages of vertical farming Disadvantages of vertical farming
recycled pallet vertical garden Summer is waning, and since I am a diehard autumnal girl, I’d usually be very excited by now. But I have to be honest — this lush and vibrant pallet vertical garden is making me want to stay in summer for another month or two. There have been many pallet projects and many vertical garden projects, but none combine the two elements as well as this tutorial developed by Fern Richardson of Life on the Balcony and recreated by Steph of the local spoon. Have a DIY project you’d like to share? There is nothing more adorable than little baby succulents. Materials Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Note: Remember when you water to start at the top and water each subsequent section a little less, as your water will naturally seep through to the bottom-most plants. Enjoy!
Future Growing - Of Highest Quality Food Our mission at Future Growing® is to inspire healthy and sustainable living around the world, by empowering people with the technology and training to do so. We have been on this journey for almost a decade, with over 100 successful projects across North America. Katherine Grandey, owner and operator of The GreenHouse. (Click photo to enlarge) The local, grass roots urban food movement has given us the opportunity to meet some truly extraordinary people along the way, and the urban farmer we’ve featured this week is no exception. She is not only a first-class producer of premium produce, but has been instrumental in transforming the quality and standards for the locally grown food market in Central Florida. I met Katherine Grandey, co-founder and owner of “The GreenHouse”, in Orlando, Fla., three years ago. With that vision in mind, Katherine developed three main goals for her business: To meet these goals, Katherine created a business plan with three main objectives: Micro greens. Chives.
Build a Food Storage Shelf Preparation Instructions: Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. 5 Story Farm In The Middle of The City Vertical Farm Project Growing Power wants to build a 5 story Vertical Farm in the middle of Milwaukee! If you’re not familiar with Growing Power, then you need to check this article out. 1 Million Pounds of Food on 3 Acres This is an ambitious project to be sure, but if anyone can do it, Will Allen can. He’s proven his system works, and can produce more food per acre than anyone ever thought possible. The old adage and rural legend of needing 2 acres of land to provide enough food for a single family is completely and utterly smashed into oblivion. 333k pounds of food per acre is a phenomenal achievement, not just for the single family, but for agriculture as a whole. Vertical farming is nothing new, but what is innovative is the combination of farming techniques into one single system that can grow more than enough healthy organic food than anyone ever thought possible. The Vertical Farm “…Imagine a five-story farm in the middle of a city! via .
GARDEN TOWER: Composting + 50 Plants = Fresh Food Anywhere. by Garden Tower Project The Garden Tower grows a surprising number of vegetable and flower varieties. Here is a partial list of suggestions: VEGETABLES Amaranth (vegetable type), Arugula, Beans (Lima, bush, pole, shell, fava), Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese cabbage, Cauliflower, Chard, Chicory, Collards, Cucumbers, Dandelion, Eggplant, Endive, Escarole, Gourds, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Mesclun, Mustard Greens, Dwarf Okra, Peas, Peppers, Radicchio, Sorrel, Spinach, Squash,Strawberries, Tomatoes (note: vines such as squash and melons grow nicely from the bottom holes, trailing onto the ground). FLOWERS Edible Flowers: Calendula, Carthamus, Dianthus, , Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Pansies, Salvia, and Violas. Ornamental Flowers: Ageratum, Amaranth, Ammi, Aster, Bells of Ireland, Bupleurum, Morning Glory, Nigella, Petunia, Phlox, Polygonum, Poppy, Ptilotus, Rudbeckia, Safflower, Salpiglossis, Sanvitalia, Scabiosa, Snapdragon, Stock, Strawflower, Sweet Peas, Verbena, Yarrow, and Zinnia.
What If You Could Grow Fresh Organic Veggies & Herbs Right In Your Kitchen? You Can! What if you could have fresh organic veggies, herbs and flowers that are grown year round with no chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers right in your kitchen? Thanks to Hyundai you can! This is a whole food lovers dream come true! The Nano-Garden is an absolutely amazing invention especially for people, like myself, who are living in condos, or in houses that don’t have much yard space. The nano-garden somewhat resembles a refrigerator, and takes up approximately the same amount of space. It contains a hydroponic system, which means that it is capable of growing plants in a mineral nutrient solution, in water, without any soil, pesticides or fertilizers. Most people do not realize that vegetables will lose about half of their nutrients within the first week of being picked. Currently, Hyundai’s Nano-Garden is just a prototype and is not available for sale. If you have the space to have your own garden or have access to a community garden, you should totally take advantage of that.
Sustainable Farming: The Urban Smart Farm The Urban Smart Farm’s unique vertical design converts 9 square feet into 36 square feet of growing space, capable of growing up to 200 plants! Vertical gardening is easy on the back, as you no longer have to bend or crouch down. To ensure all your plants are receiving optimal sunshine, the Invictus Urban Farm has an internal bearing track, allowing you to turn it 360 degrees.
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Herb Walls Herb Wall Inspiration Herbs, lettuces and strawberries do not need as much soil as many other plants, so are good candidates for vertical gardens. Vertical herb garden in the edible garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. The section to the right is a water wall. Photo copyright Tim Martin. achefinthegarden.blogspot.com Vertical herb garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Herb Wall, Atlanta. Pocket wall planter. Vertical wall garden supplies herbs for the Homegirl Cafe at Homeboy Industries, LA, Calif. Pocket vertical garden. 4 pocket: dotzila.com Pocket planter full of herbs. diynetwork.com Aquaponic Vertical Vegetable Garden. Pocket wall planter.Woolly Pocket makes indoor as well as outdoor planters.Two Wally Ones or one Wally Three. woollypocket.com Pocket wall planter made of fiber felt. $178 and $278. remodelista.com Vertical herb garden attached to wall. Vertical herb garden on a frame. Modular living wall systems on wheels by Live Wall. Edible vertical garden. Herb wall. Gutter herb garden.
Grow Up! How to Design Vertical Gardens for Tiny Spaces If you’re one of the many people in the northern hemisphere who are counting down the days ’til springtime, chances are you may have also been daydreaming about gardening as well. March isn’t just one of the coldest months of the year—it’s also the month in which seed catalogs are sent out to green-thumbed folks everywhere, so plans can be made and plots can be mapped out in preparation for the luscious growing season ahead. If you happen to be lacking in yard space, there’s no need to feel left out! There are some brilliant ways to take full advantage of small spaces, and the key is to plant vertically. Grow Up! As with any type of garden-planning, the very first thing you have to do is observe your space, so plan to spend a full day documenting your garden-to-be with a combination of photography and note-taking. When it comes to assembling a vertical garden, you don’t have to go out and spend a crazy amount of money on the latest, coolest gadgets and gardening systems.