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David Hare-Scott 21-03-2006 11:05 AM

Small Space Gardening- Vertical "bed"
 

"Mike C" wrote in message
oups.com...
I saw a structure built out of wood at the Chicago Botanical Gardens in
the small garden section that basically was a wood frame say 6' high x
5' wide x 1' deep. It had landscape fabric on the front (I assume the
back was solid) and had the plants poking out through holes cut in the
fabric. You can grow herbs, vegetables or flowers. Basically, you are
getting 30 Sq Ft of gardening space in a 5 SQ Ft footprint. Obviously,
you probably couldn't grow watermelons or something like that (possibly
on the bottom) , but I think most things would work.

My question is has anyone built something similar and how did you do
it? My concern is keeping the dirt in and adding dirt through the
small holes cut in the landscape fabric. Maybe they are able to add
dirt from the top or the back?? Any ideas/suggestions are welcome. I
need to get over there when it warms up to get a closer look at how
they built theirs.


I haven't done it (I have plenty of room) but clearly many people have. If
you google "vertical garden" you will get a zillion hits.

David



Mike C 21-03-2006 08:53 PM

Small Space Gardening- Vertical "bed"
 
I already tried that. Most have to do with vines,arbors and trellises
from what I can tell.

David Hare-Scott wrote:
"Mike C" wrote in message
oups.com...
I saw a structure built out of wood at the Chicago Botanical Gardens in
the small garden section that basically was a wood frame say 6' high x
5' wide x 1' deep. It had landscape fabric on the front (I assume the
back was solid) and had the plants poking out through holes cut in the
fabric. You can grow herbs, vegetables or flowers. Basically, you are
getting 30 Sq Ft of gardening space in a 5 SQ Ft footprint. Obviously,
you probably couldn't grow watermelons or something like that (possibly
on the bottom) , but I think most things would work.

My question is has anyone built something similar and how did you do
it? My concern is keeping the dirt in and adding dirt through the
small holes cut in the landscape fabric. Maybe they are able to add
dirt from the top or the back?? Any ideas/suggestions are welcome. I
need to get over there when it warms up to get a closer look at how
they built theirs.


I haven't done it (I have plenty of room) but clearly many people have. If
you google "vertical garden" you will get a zillion hits.

David



Doug Kanter 21-03-2006 08:57 PM

Small Space Gardening- Vertical "bed"
 
Maybe you should make a list of the vegetables you'd like to grow, and show
us the list. Some plants have rather brittle stems, and will break if grown
in odd ways. I don't mean to shoot down your idea, because it sounds cool,
but maybe you should take a step back for a moment.

"Mike C" wrote in message
ups.com...
I already tried that. Most have to do with vines,arbors and trellises
from what I can tell.

David Hare-Scott wrote:
"Mike C" wrote in message
oups.com...
I saw a structure built out of wood at the Chicago Botanical Gardens in
the small garden section that basically was a wood frame say 6' high x
5' wide x 1' deep. It had landscape fabric on the front (I assume the
back was solid) and had the plants poking out through holes cut in the
fabric. You can grow herbs, vegetables or flowers. Basically, you are
getting 30 Sq Ft of gardening space in a 5 SQ Ft footprint. Obviously,
you probably couldn't grow watermelons or something like that (possibly
on the bottom) , but I think most things would work.

My question is has anyone built something similar and how did you do
it? My concern is keeping the dirt in and adding dirt through the
small holes cut in the landscape fabric. Maybe they are able to add
dirt from the top or the back?? Any ideas/suggestions are welcome. I
need to get over there when it warms up to get a closer look at how
they built theirs.


I haven't done it (I have plenty of room) but clearly many people have.
If
you google "vertical garden" you will get a zillion hits.

David





Mike C 22-03-2006 02:33 AM

Small Space Gardening- Vertical "bed"
 
I am interested in mostly herbs and possibly tomatoes with some
danglers like sweet potatoe vine for decoration.



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