My Adventures in Vertical Gardening Part One

18 Mar

This is the fence where I am trying out vertical gardening this year. It gets sun from late morning to early afternoon, usually around 10 am to 3 or 4 pm.

I started by nailing holes into the bottom of a milk jug, then tying pipe cleaners to the handle. I probably should have used wire, but pipe cleaners were what I had on hand.

I cut the top of the milk jug away with a knife. I was careful to cut in front of the handle; leaving some of the jug so the handle wouldn’t get flimsy and break.

I tied the milk jug to the fence after filling it with soil. I didn’t plant the seeds yet because we are still waiting for our final frost here in the NorthEast. I had to use a nail to attach the pipe cleaners for this jug, but it held. We’ll see if it holds through the first rainstorm, which is predicted for later this week.

This is the finished product. I’m not going for aesthetics; I’m going for practicality. A little bit of paint and a better arrangement might make this more pleasing to the eye.

I’ll comment here if the pipe cleaners don’t hold. See my next vertical gardening blog to find out when and what I plant in these planters, and to see pictures of my other vertical gardening ideas.


2 Responses to “My Adventures in Vertical Gardening Part One”

  1. Jenna@Fitness Bands May 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Very cool project. I don’t know if something like that would work here in CA. Our summers are very hot. I think the plastic would cook the roots. But I guess it also depends upon the exposure. Whenever I plant tomatoes in a massive plastic planter pot on my semi-shaded patio, they just don’t do well.

    • rebeccawrites78 May 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

      It sounds like you would need ceramics – I don’t know much about California but I wonder if they’d be cheaper out there than they are here – in our colder climate they’re more like a delicacy and would get pretty costly for this project. If you follow me on Pinterest – beckieland – you can see on my “Future Hobbies” page where they used ceramics for the same project.

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