If you're craving your own fresh winter vegetables but don't have the space for a garden, you're in luck.
Here are a few ways you can create your own vertical garden.
You don't need a lot of space for many winter plants. Though some plants, like broccoli and cauliflower, take a larger space and aren't necessarily recommended for a vertical garden. However, spinach, lettuce and strawberries can be a great start to your newfound green thumb.
There are a number of items sold at garden centers to help plant your vertical garden. Some felt hangers, much like shoe hangers, can be purchased. Hang your garden in an area where it'll get plenty of sunlight, but where the harsh winter winds won't do damage. The advantage to this garden - move it when a freeze is coming.
You can "upcycle" almost anything into a vertical planter. Put on your creative gloves and turn your 2-liter or 20-ounce soda bottles into a planter. We know you have those in the recycle bin, so why not recycle them yourself.
As with any garden, you'll need to follow the seed instructions. Some plants need more space. If you're planing something like beets or carrots, you'll need to allow for plenty of root space, so plan accordingly. If you're looking for leafy vegetables, soda bottles will work perfectly. Plant one per bottle and the plant will regenerate throughout the winter months, providing you with weeks of fresh salads.
- Purchase or recycle your containers and locate an area to grow your garden.
- Be sure you poke small holes in your container (and put something under them if on your porch) so that the plants will have plenty of drainage. If you're purchasing a store-bought container, you'll most likely be able to skip this step.
- Buy garden soil and fill your containers with a good organic soil.
- You can sow the seeds indoors in small eggshells (yes, just another way to recycle) while you're preparing your masterpieces. Once you have the vertical garden container purchased or made, you can transfer young seedlings into the containers.
- Even if you have enough room out back, vertical gardens can be a fun addition to any home. Many of these options maximize your water and minimize your overall work. So, who's ready to garden?