If you are like this examiner, you have a lot of great gardening ideas but very little space. Even if you have a tiny patio/balcony, you can still fit in all you want to grow easily. There is one space that is unlimited and the rent is free. It’s the space above your patio/balcony! Vertical gardening is not science fiction, it’s science fact! Not only is vertical gardening great for small spaces, it is the perfect solution for those of you with a cat who likes to use your pots for a litter box! Here is an easy and really quite inexpensive vertical solution.
Let us begin
Okay, here’s what you need:
– Hanging pocket shoe organiser /store.
– Pole and attachments ( curtain pole or pipe fittings, screws)./ Or some removable hooks.
– Strong metal saucepan or utensil hanging hooks
– Compost of a good quality moisture holding type.
– Selection of plants or seeds… e.g. mixed leaf salad, herbs,sorrel, peas, mini tomatoes.
– Piece of wood 2″x2″ as long as the width of the pocket store to keep the base of pockets away from the wall.
– Trough planter to catch drips.
Let it all hang out
In this DIY, they are attaching their shoe container to the side of their wooden shed. This is only viable for those of you who live in a place made of wood, which is very few if not none. Most have stucco or plaster which can make this difficult. You can simply hammer some metal hooks into the wall. Or if the outside stucco is smooth enough, clean it with some soapy water and stick some removable hooks.
Check you drain
After you have your shoe planter secure and before you plant anything, make sure it drains! Pour some water into your pockets and see if the water drains out of them. If not, poke some holes in the bottom of your pockets.
I love compost
Fill your pockets with your potting mix. Adding some good compost is always a plus that you should consider. It will really give you plants a boost.
A wood to drain by
This vertical planter can help to cut down some work for you. You can place a troth planter underneath to catch the run off instead of an empty troth. Also, you will want to stick a long piece of wood through the bottom of your planter to make sure your run off drips into the troth below.
Once your planter is secure, plant your heart out! Make sure that it will hold the weight and be absolutely sure that it is draining properly. Herbs work really well in this kind of planter so keep that in mind.