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nancyruhl
Dearborn, MI

July 15, 2011
5:36 PM

Post #8694708

Has anyone had experience with vertical gardening and what have those experiences been? I seen pictures of gardens made reclaimed pallets and wooly pockets. Wondering what other ideas are out there, especially for us urban dwellers.
SusanKC
Shawnee Mission, KS
(Zone 6a)

July 16, 2011
3:21 PM

Post #8696311

I've been looking at some resources for vertical gardening on-line. We have a woodchuck issue in the garden and so I've been looking at vertical gardening to see if they might help get some of the woodchuck's favorite veggies and flowers out of eating range. We've tried a purchased plastic vertical wall section so far and were not happy with the results. We're in the middle of building a potting bench and so not much other than collecting ideas is going to happen on the vertical gardening this year.

Here are some sites that I thought had some interesting ideas or products.

http://dcrowhouse.blogspot.com/2009/05/have-you-heard-of-vertical-gardens.html

http://www.jillbert.com/gallery/Birthday-07/Vertical_Garden

http://containergardening.wordpress.com/2008/07/08/starting-a-diy-vertical-garden-google-gardening-tips-n-ideas/

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/19/business/energy-environment/19WALLS.html?_r=1&sudsredirect=true

http://www.roemahku.com/2011/25/garden/vertical-garden-ideas/

http://inspirebohemia.blogspot.com/2010/04/vertical-gardens-home-grown-herbs.html

http://www.livingwallart.com/tag/outdoor-greenwall/

http://www.core77.com/gallery/designphiladelphia-2008/108.asp

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nancyruhl
Dearborn, MI

July 18, 2011
5:56 PM

Post #8700578

Thanks for the info. Great fun looking at what imaginative ways people are using to grow greenery. My ambitions are a lot smaller and cheaper, like the gardens made out of eaves troughs and shoe caddies. Got the juices flowing though.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 19, 2011
6:32 AM

Post #8701316

Ha ha ha - glad for the juices, Nancy!

I am also hoping to go up this year. I'm way behind, but using bamboo and planting in containers in my sunny driveway for fruits and vegetables.

Good luck, and thanks Susan for all those great links.

A.
SusanKC
Shawnee Mission, KS
(Zone 6a)

July 19, 2011
8:07 PM

Post #8702816

Good that it was some help. That's mostly what I've been looking through the sites for is something that gets some ideas flowing as to what I can do in our yard that is maintainable, safe, looks great, and doesn;t cost a fortune. There are a couple of material resale stores around and we may try those for building materials.

There are some videos out there on how they put a drip line system in to water the vertical walls. You might look at those also as they talk about water requirement for vertical hanging systems.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

August 7, 2011
5:42 AM

Post #8741449

Here's a picture of the mess in my driveway.

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tapla

tapla
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2011
2:20 PM

Post #8756223

Susan - I once dispatched a woodchuck that had long been guilty of blatant aerial shoplifting (about 12 ft from the ground) from an apple tree, so it's not likely that height w/o an added barrier (fence) or resident guard animal will deter a whistle pig. They're good climbers, even if normally denizens of terra firma. ... easily trapped with a carrot and a #7 Havahart live trap.

Haven't looked at the links yet, but I'm looking forward to it - thank you.

Al

SusanKC
Shawnee Mission, KS
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2011
6:23 PM

Post #8756621

Yes. They climb. They are great at it. What we've found is that they don't like floppy high fences or narrow cages.
HopeSue
Laingsburg, MI

March 23, 2013
12:00 PM

Post #9459200

SusanKC wrote:Good that it was some help. That's mostly what I've been looking through the sites for is something that gets some ideas flowing as to what I can do in our yard that is maintainable, safe, looks great, and doesn;t cost a fortune. There are a couple of material resale stores around and we may try those for building materials.

There are some videos out there on how they put a drip line system in to water the vertical walls. You might look at those also as they talk about water requirement for vertical hanging systems.



This may sound naive, but why do you have to water vertically growing plants? Won't watering the roots be sufficient?
fordpickup
Clinton, IN

March 23, 2013
5:54 PM

Post #9459523


Sue, They are grown in pouchs or small containers hanging on a wall or fence, The drip lines are how they get water to the roots. This is an old thread .The comment above yours was posted in 2011. Hope this helps. Fred

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 4, 2013
7:17 PM

Post #9472238

Glad for the bump to see the picture of the mess in my driveway again for inspiration. :)

gardenmart

gardenmart
Saugus, MA
(Zone 6b)

April 15, 2013
5:33 AM

Post #9484439

We put up a fence around a tree for our dog {who doesn't use it much} and put the attractive veggies in containers on small plastic patio tables. It's great for growing leafy crops that don't need full sun. and the fence keeps the groundhog at bay.
Martha

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