12 Vertical Garden Tutorials There's a saying in the construction biz. It goes something like this: If you can't build out, build up. It's also the fuel that started the vertical gardening craze. But for those of us with the space to put in horizontal gardens, the vertical still beacon. Why? Ease of care, charm, esthetics? When we think of vertical gardens, we might first picture the work of Patrick Blanc. Everyone has room for these DIY Terrarium Magnets. Vertical doesn't necessarily mean 'up against the wall'. The next two use the same technique for construction, but have different looks and added functions. And here's a colorful version that has an added bird bath. Here's a tiered offering that also functions as a house number sign. Mike at Shelterness shows us how to turn a wooden fence into a quick hanging garden using flower pot hangers. Here's an even easier idea using a pocket shoe organizer. The pallet-as-vertical-garden certainly deserves a spot on our round up. For our finale we have a back-breaker.
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. I tried to be as detailed as possible. 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. Now for the sides.
Laying out the Building Lines For Your Natural Building « Natural Living School Site Preparation After you select your site, and have a plan and design for your building, then you are ready for site preparation. The first thing to do is make sure you clear the site where the building will be located. This means removal of trees, shrubs, large rocks, stumps, or anything that may be in the way of the construction. If there is a lot of plant life, you may choose to transplant it, or if it’s just grasses you may just mow it down or weed whack it. Laying Out The Building Lines For the purpose of keeping things simple, lets look at two options. For a round structure; First, pound a stake deep in the ground where you want the center of your building to be. The trench for a round Sauna we worked on in Aurora Or. Then remove the top soil and set aside for future use. For the thickness of your inside wall, measure the size of your straw bales first. For a Rectangular Buildings; First you need to make sure that your building lines are squared. Like this: Like Loading...
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Beehive Tower is a Honeycomb Inspired Vertical Farm for London The aim of the Beehive Tower is to provide the Canary Wharf community of city dwellers a place to garden and live. The tower’s hexagonal mega structural lattice contains greenhouse spaces that also serve as a place for people to meet and socialize. Each hexagon is 8 stories high and contains 8 duplex apartments. A number of the hex cavities are dedicated to gardening and face in different directions so that each element gets a fair share of sun. Atop the tower, fourteen Quiet Revolution QR12 turbines collect enough wind to generate 420,000kWh a year. Via CTBUH Images © CTBUH
Create your own Vertical Garden Vertical gardening is a fun, creative way to grow plants in urban spaces! Below is just a sample of what you can create with ready-to-go planters and kits. The first few images are of GroVert Vertical Gardening Systems by Bright Green. There are two different sized panels (10 and 45), and each are planted, then hung on the wall using their included mounting bracket. The last images are of living walls made from felt pockets. These ‘pockets’ are very easy to install and plant. If you’re looking to build one yourself, you can visit Urban Zeal Planters (uzplanters.com) to see all your options.
DIY IKEA Shelf In-Home Aquaponics - Planted Space Dubbed "Malthus," this Ikea-hacked project by Conceptual Devices pieces together a 100g fish tank, plastic grow beds, a pump and piping onto an IKEA Broder shelf, with wheels. Malthus is designed to be an in-home unit, and to grow one meal a day, a portion of fish with a side of salad. If you don't know yet, aquaponics is basically hydroponics + fish in a sustainable loop. The fish provides nutrients and CO2 to the plants, and the plants in turn purifies the water and returns O2 to the fish. Check out our introduction to aquaponics. Forming the width of two small refrigerators, this in-home aquaponics system is designed for "the next generation kitchen or living room," hoping to grow food right next to where you cook it. All elements of the unit can be found in home improvement stores, the shelf and structure are from IKEA, the water pump, LED strips, mechanical timer, and tubing can be found readily in any retail chain. Have your own DIY aquaponics setup you'd like to share with us?
Eco Homes from the Earth: 7 Ways to DIY Wouldn’t it be nice to own your own green dream home, made with recycled and natural materials and packed with custom features? Whether you’re an experienced builder or have never picked up a power tool in your life, you can build a natural eco-friendly home with user-friendly, low-cost materials like cob, cordwood, straw and the dirt and wood from your own land. These 7 natural building techniques produce beautiful homes with a small ecological footprint and tons of personality. Earthships and Hobbit Houses (images via dominicspics, ECOnscious, Earthship Biotecture) [youtube=L9jdIm7grCY] They seem to be a living part of the very earth itself, often with nothing but a façade and some windows to betray the presence of a home in the hillside. (images via: simondale.net) Among the most famous examples of a ‘hobbit house’ is “A Low Impact Woodland Home”, self-built in Wales for about 1000-1500 man-hours (over four months) and £3000. Cob (images via: ziggy fresh) [youtube=F0KDp00n4fs] Cordwood
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Future Growing LLC Vertical Garden Design Another three vertical gardens at the fairs. View project Three green walls at Malmö University. View project Indoor vertical garden in Replay’s flagship store in Barcelona. View project Outdoor vertical garden in a small patio. View project Learn to Grow Plants and Food With Beginner Garden Projects @Scott Gardner: Head over to Cornell university's web site for everything you need to know about specific plants. They'll give you the soil requirements, optimum amounts of light, soil temperatures, watering schedule etc for most of your basic garden plants. Next, review your soil condition. Of primary concern are temperature, and pH. If you want to evaluate nutrient levels, a basic soil test kit will work, or send samples to a near by lab for analysis (runs between $30-$60). Soil consistency is also very important. There are a million gardening books on BitTorrent and NewsGroups, ranging from the Idiot's guides, to the required texts for doctoral studies in agriculture and biochemistry. YouTube, Instructables, HowCast and other how-to sites will walk you through pretty much everything. Contact your extension office, they'll give you tips relative to your geographic location. Remember, you don't need to stop at Vegetables. Good luck.