Planting in brown plastic gutters (Google / Our eventual homestead / Juneau empire)

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Vertical Gardening


How does your garden grow?

Former Iowa resident presents a different way to plant veggies


I am from Iowa, so I have an inherent need to grow vegetables. Each winter, I dream up ways of trying to garden in Juneau’s environment which, so far, has really frustrated me.

Nothing I tried works very well. Like many homes in the Juneau area, our yard has its problems. We live near the glacier, so the soil is cold and has very little organic matter, there are lots of big trees shading it, and we have all the slugs and root maggots anyone could want, with porcupines, cats, bears and ravens meandering to boot.

There is only one side of our house that gets much sunshine, and, of course, that side of the house has the smallest yard. It is really just an alleyway between ours and the neighbors. I might eventually put in some cold frames, but can’t really afford that this year with all the extra money going to the high energy and food prices.

So my brain has kept working the issue, even while I was asleep. One morning in late May, I woke up with an idea that seems to be a real solution for our situation, and I thought it might help others as well. I had heard about people using rain gutters around deck railing at a master gardener class that I took this past spring from the Cooperative Extension Service.

But our deck is on the wrong side of the house. Then an idea came to me that was a little unusual and might involve a little risk. The idea is essential this: Why not put rain gutters in rows along the wood siding on the sunny side of the house. It might look weird, but that was where all the heat, sun and protection from damage is best. I talked to my husband, Pete, about it and he agreed it was worth a try.

We went to Home Depot and selected some “attractive” brown plastic gutters along with all the required parts so that we could mount them in one long row. (The total length or a row would be about 20 feet). Pete drilled some very small holes in the bottom of the gutters to let excess water drain out after he mounted them on the siding.

I filled the gutters with Miracle Grow Garden Soil to about half full. I put in some time release fertilizer and added the other half of the soil (the extra fertilizer was needed because I knew that frequent watering would drain out the nutrients quickly).


Wallgardens (Google / Spec-Net)

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Wallgardens and Vertical Garden Systems from Modtank

Vertical gardens or Wallgarden systems are adding a new dimension for urban gardeners along stark walls, bleak buildings and drab fences this spring.

Barren expanses, including the concrete walls of courtyards and pathways without garden beds, are being transformed into thriving extensions of the home garden where natural beauty abounds.

Envisage bare outdoor surfaces adorned with masses of fragrant flowers, thickets of grasses or teaming with aromatic herbs. As Irish novelist and poet Oscar Wilde once said, “Nothing succeeds like excess,” and Wallgardens facilitate this maxim among horticultural enthusiasts.

Vertical spaces also extend new possibilities for gardeners keen to create a rainforest habitat spilling down walls or a mix of native vegetation resembling a coastal cliff face.

This new direction in gardening has evolved to suit the home gardener from the spectacular vertical garden displays showcased at the world’s premium horticultural event, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The benefits for gardeners are as abundant as the plant life that Wallgardens support.



A 3D vertical system to grow more plants in less space (Google / Seattle Times)

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Kirkland artist’s garden pots grow veggies galore

Last year, perhaps the coldest summer on record before this one, Deloss Webber harvested so much food he donated to food banks, shared with friends and family, canned, froze, made stock, soup and gallons of caponata.

By Valerie Easton

IT TOOK A sculptor to dream up a 3D vertical system to grow more plants in less space, and a foodie-farmer type to make sure it really works. Deloss Webber, originator of the Vee Garden, is an artist, chef and entrepreneur as well as an environmentalist who fashioned all parts of his efficient system from repurposed and recycled materials.

When a developer cut down hundreds of trees above Webber’s Kirkland property a couple of years ago, he lost privacy but gained light. “I love the saying, ‘Barn’s burnt down, now I can see the moon,’ ” says Webber, who took advantage of all that new open sky by setting in to grow food.

Webber grew up a Navy brat, trying out unusual foods, herbs and spices around the world. By the time he was 14 he knew he wanted to be a farmer, and at 21 bought 160 acres in Minnesota. Between those initial acres and his new vertical-gardening endeavors lie 40 years of cooking, running a restaurant and building a career as a noted sculptor represented by major Seattle galleries.

“I’ve always been looking for the perfect widget,” says Webber, who was inspired to move forward with developing systems for growing food when Michelle Obama dug up the White House lawn to plant a vegetable garden.

Webber’s 3D garden pots started with the concept of the old-fashioned strawberry pot with pockets on the side. “I started riffing on that idea, but with pipes,” Webber says of his tower pots in which he grows vegetables, herbs and fruit. Because Webber thinks sculpturally, it wasn’t such a stretch for him to conceive of growing raspberry canes in a spiraling doughnut-shaped row rather than the usual configuration.




Bottle tower gardening: how to start ? (Willem Van Cotthem)

Together with my friend Gilbert VAN DAMME (Zaffelare, Belgium) I have set up some successful experiments with vertical gardening in “container towers”.

We are using all kinds of recycled containers, e.g. plastic bottles, pots, buckets.  The containers are stacked into “towers”.

Today, I will describe the way how to start a “bottle tower”, illustrating the different steps with some photos:

2011-09-07 - Step 1 :We leave the lid on bottle No. 1 (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 2 : We cut the bottom part of bottle No. 1 (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 3 : Bottom part of the bottle No. 1 cut off (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 4 : With a sharp object (here scissors) the wall of bottle No. 1 is perforated at 2-4" (5-10 cm) from the top of the lid (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 5 : A second perforation (drainage hole) is made diagonally across the bottle No. 1. Below the 2 holes a small reserve of water is kept in the bottle. Through these drainage holes a possible surplus of water can be evacuated(Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 6 : Bottle No. 1 is filled with potting soil (or a mixture of dirt and manure) up to 1-2" (2,5-5 cm) of the edge of the bottle (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 7 : Bottle No. 1 is the bottom bottle of the future tower (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 8 : For the next 3 bottles (No. 2, 3 and 4, without the 2 drainage holes) we take the lid off and cut the bottom part (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 9 : After filling the 3 bottles (No. 2, 3 and 4) with potting soil, they will be put upon the bottom bottle of the tower (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 10 : A tower of the 4 bottles (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 11 : The bottle tower is kept upright with a couple of simple wires (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 12 : We use the top part of a bottle (No. 5, without the lid) as a funnel and push the bottleneck into the soil of the upper bottle No. 4 (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 – Step 13 : A bottle No. 6 will be used as a watertank on top of the funnel (Bottle No. 5). Therefore, a small (1 mm) perforation of the lid is made (here with a drill) (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 – Step 14 : Bottle no. 6 is the top bottle, used as a watertank, water running slowly through this small hole (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 – Step 15 : Watertank bottle No. 6 is pushed into bottle No. 5, the funnel (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 16 : The whole tower is now gradually moistened by pouring water in the top bottle No. 6 with its perforated lid. Water drips into the funnel (Bottle No. 5) and through this it infiltrates into the potting soil of bottles No. 4, 3, 2 and 1, where a possible surplus of water will be evacuated through the 2 drainage holes in the wall (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 17 : Water runs slowly from the watertank (Bottle No. 6) into the funnel (Bottle No. 5) and from there into the soil of Bottle No. 4 (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 17 : Water running slowly from the watertank (Bottle No. 6) into the funnel (Bottle No. 5) (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 18 : With a sharp knife we cut a horizontal slit and two vertical slits in Bottles No. 4, 3, 2 and 1(Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 19 : Thus a small "window" is created in Bottles No. 4, 3, 2 and 1 (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 20 : With a finger one can push a small cavity in the potting soil (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 21 : The rootball of seedlings or young plants can be planted in the "window" of each bottle (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 22 : Pretty soon new roots will be formed in the humid potting soil and the young plants will start their growth without to be watered regularly, because the complete tower is almost not loosing water (almost no evaporation) (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 23 : It takes only a couple of weeks to see all the species of vegetables and herbs, planted in the "bottle windows", developing into fantastic fresh food, full of vitamins and mineral elements (Photo WVC)
2011-09-07 - Step 23 : A remarkable kitchen garden is born with minimal means and efforts. It can be set up at any location in rural and urban areas, a very effective tool in the combat of hunger, malnutrition and poverty (Photo WVC)



How to combat hunger and malnutrition? Let’s grow fresh food in containers (Jimmy PIOQUINTO / Willem Van Cotthem)

We have a Facebook group on “Container gardening and vertical gardening” :

Today, Jimmy PIOQUINTO posted some nice photos to show the success of his experiments with container gardening and vertical gardening.

These examples show clearly that container gardening and vertical gardening can be applied everywhere on this world, thus offering people an opportunity to grow fresh food with a minimum of water.  Grow vegetables in the soil or in containers. You can also grow a lot of them vertically. It’s simple, it’s inexpensive, it’s rewarding !

Something to be promoted at the largest scale !  Spread the good word !

2011-08 - Different types of recycled containers to grow seedlings (Photo J. PIOQUINTO)
2011-08 - Seedlings in plastic bottles (Photo J. PIOQUINTO)
2011-08 - Young radishes in plastic bottles (Photo J. PIOQUINTO)
2011-08 - onions, radishes and other vegetables in plastic bottles (Photo J. PIOQUINTO)
2011-08 - Tomatoes and Seedlings in plastic bottles (Photo J. PIOQUINTO)
2011-08 - Tomatoes in plastic bottles (Photo J. PIOQUINTO)
2011-08 - Vertical gardening and container gardening in plastic bottles (Photo J. PIOQUINTO)

Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers growing in Containers (Google / Hubpages)

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Container Gardening – Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers


By Dawn Marcotte

Container Gardening Tips

Tomatoes are easy to grow in a container

Cherry tomatoes may need to be staked when grown in a container.

Container gardening is the method of using flower pots and other containers to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers. This method is particularly useful for those who want to grow vegetables such as tomatoes, herbs or climbing flowers. Plants are easy to grow provided the container is the right size, there is enough sunlight and the plant is properly watered and fed.

Growing Tomatoes in a Container

Tomatoes can grow as either a bush or vine, depending on the variety. If no trellis or other vertical surface is available, choose a bush variety. This information is usually listed on the seed packet or with the seedling at the nursery. If possible get a variety of patio tomato that is designed specifically to grow in a container environment. Use a large container such as a 5 gallon bucket for a bush tomato. Make sure the container has holes in the bottom to allow water to drain out.



2011-08 : Vegetables, herbs and tree cuttings growing in vertical towers of containers : plastic bottles and pots. From right to left : lettuce, Aloë vera, sweet pepper, spekboom (Portulacaria afra) and Moroccon mint (Mentha spicata) - (Photo WVC)

Vertical gardens, inside and outside, proliferate (Google / Dallas Morning News)

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The latest word in gardens is vertical


Garden Editor

Vertical gardens, inside and outside, proliferate in New York and San Francisco but not so much in Highland Park , Oak Cliff and Plano. Some book publishers already have glommed on to the trend that people who monitor such things agree was launched by Frenchman Patrick Blanc.

Book titles with the words “vertical” and “vines” and “up” in the subtitles, however, are not books featuring cutting-edge examples. Vertical gardens in the freshest sense require newly invented hardware that mounts on a wall, a means of systemic irrigation that protects that wall and recently honed methodology that, combined, allow plants planted cheek by jowl to prosper, fill out and fill in. A lush wall of foliage in varying greens, blues, grays and even reds, purples and oranges is the intended result — a spectacle that wows.



2011-07 : My friend Gilbert VAN DAMME (Zaffelare, Belgium) admiring the first results of our vertical gardening experiment in "towers" of plastic bottles (Photo WVC)

Try Vertical Gardening For Small Areas (Goopgle / Green Grow Box)

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For Small Areas Try Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardening isn’t a brand new concept, it is just some thing that is becoming much more well-liked with people who live in condominiums and city dwellings. Patios, balconies, and porches are ideal spots for vertical gardening. The vertical gardens consist of boxes stacked on leading of each other with plants and flowers inside. The direction of plant growth is outwards and then downwards. Plant choices include vines or petunias. Other plants that are perfect for vertical gardening are the clematis and rose vines. To add a variety to their plant choices many people would add green ivies and honeysuckle to their garden.

Vertical gardening allows you much more freedom as to exactly where you plant a garden. Stacking the boxes with plants, you are able to turn your garden into a colorful paradise that will add life to any boring area inside your house. This kind of gardening is ideal for areas close to the pool simply because it keeps the pool ground free from any obstruction while keeping it stunning with the flowers. An additional out with the ordinary modification that you simply can do to your vertical garden is to add hanging baskets that include geraniums, dailies, and carnations. If you want to move the garden boxes from location to location, this is an ideal way to garden.



Basics of Vertical Gardening (Google / BlueBird Garden Center)

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How to Plant a Vegetable Garden : Basics of Vertical Gardening

Learn the basics of vertical gardening for growing vegetables in this free online video guide to vegetable gardening.

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