I know that I just updated yesterday, but I ran into something today that I just have to share. I'm very excited about it actually. I was in Oak Harbor, Washington this afternoon with Cara trying to find a way to pass the time. I found "A Knot in Thyme, Lavender Farm". Not only was the items in the store beautiful, but they had their gardens open to the public too. What really excited me was a growing wall.
Some 'kids', teenagers really, came up with this idea after going through gardening books. They wanted to show people who have very limited space that they could still have a garden. Instead of the traditional rows on the ground, they found a way to grow 'up'.
Now growing 'up' isn't a new idea. It's suggested in multiple books for vining plants that would otherwise sprawl all over the place. They suggest building supports, sticks, strings, etc. to support the vines and fruits. This saves horizontal space, keeps fruits off the ground where they are more susceptible to bugs and rot and makes harvesting easier.
This goes a few steps further. It's a growing wall. Inside the wall is dirt, covering that is shade cloth, covering that is chicken wire and covering that hog paneling. It was stabilized by placing it several feet into the ground.
Most everything they planted grew. It's a little like those "topsy turvy" pots - but on a grand scale. And it was beautiful! Absolutely beautiful. I am very impressed and want to figure this out for us to do at home. Check out the pictures and the video. I think you'll be amazed.
These are pictures I took of pictures
The frame of the wall
One section planted
A broad view of the one whole side planted
Below are of pictures I took of it today.
You would want to fill in the empty spaces
Video of the Growing Wall
Other things in the gardens
Simple garden made to look elegant.
Strawberries growing from plastic bags hanging from the wall. When they were watered, the drippings watered a planter below them.
Kohlrabi growing with parsley
Of course I couldn't go without pictures of my favorite little "Sprout".
In the garden grass
Experiencing small pebbles
Cara on a tractor
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