Mar 7, 2015

VERTICAL VEGETABLES: "Grow up"

VERTICAL VEGETABLES: "Grow up"

Found this on Instructables Site

VERTICAL VEGETABLES: "Grow up" in a small garden.











step 1Materials needed
- Hanging pocket shoe organiser /store. - Pole and attachments ( curtain pole or pipe fittings, screws). - 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 k…

step 2Attach pole to shed or wall
I attached a strong chrome pole with metal fittings to the shed. You could use a curtain pole. Make sure it is at the correct height especially if you want to grow plants in a trough below ( see step 7). This uses the surplus water from the pockets above.

step 3Attach hanging shoe store
Use strong hooks or wire to attach the shoe store. They must be strong enough to support the weight of the compost, plants and water.

step 4Test drainage
Pour water into the pockets to check the drainage, if they don't drain then make a few small holes in each of the pockets.

step 5Fill each pocket with compost
Add a good moisture retaining compost, fill to 1" below the rim so that water does not pour out over the rim.

step 6Add plants or seeds
Sow seeds or add seedlings I suggest.... - herbs thyme, sorrel, chives - salad mixed leaf, mustard, cut and come again, or spinach - minibel tomatoes - 'petit pois peas you can eat the young leaflets and tendrils

step 7"Drip Aid"
Use a piece of wood to make sure the excess water drips into the trough below.

step 8Maintaining a healthy hanging veg plot
- Water slowly with a gentle flow, or you may wash soil and plants out of the pocket and it will dirty the crop below. - Add water retaining crystals to the compost. HINT... add water to some crystals in a container and allow them to swell then add that to the compost and fill your containers, otherwise when the crystals swell they can grow so much that they push…

step 9Develop the idea
- NEXT I would like ... -to hang up more shoe stores and pocket organisers, to increase the harvest. Could it become addictive??? will I end up covering every available wall? - try out different vegetables and herbs - add an automatic drip watering system.
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