We have been really excited to share our gardening projects on the blog and the growth we have seen over the past month. Unfortunately, many readers have expressed various restrictions and reasons why they couldn’t have a garden. Some had space issues or living restrictions such as apartment etc.
We have been asked time and time again what we suggest when these restrictions arise, and how to get around the dilemma. We now have a wonderful alternative for you that our Amazing Pippa from England came up with. We have included Pippa’s step by step guide to how she made this happen.
The problem has been solved by our Darling Pippa of Somerset, England, with this vertical garden using a cotton shoe pocket hanger organizer. Pippa’s passions are practicality and creativity which she has certainly shown on this one. Pippa has a real love for problem solving by way of using and reusing recycled materials which she incorporates into all of her projects.
Thank you Pippa we really appreciate you and you sharing your genius with all of us.
If you have a small area that you can hang something this may be your answer. You ask and we will always try to find a way for our readers. Enjoy the article and see how creative and inventive Pippa is with this wonderful idea. The hanger also provides a nice living piece for your home or patio, adding to the decor and certainly creating a nice conversation piece. Pippa has been so kind enough to provide us with step by step instructions on how to make this vertical garden possible.
Step 1 Materials needed
– 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 keep the
– Trough planter to catch drips.
Step 2 Attach pole to shed or wall
You could use a curtain pole.
Make sure it is at the correct height especially if you want to grow plants in a
Step 3 Attach hanging shoe storage organizer
Step 4 Test drainage
Step 5 Fill each pocket with compost
Step 6 Add plants or seeds
– herbsthyme, 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”
Step 8 Maintaining a healthy hanging veg plot
– Remove diseased , infected or damaged leaves… compost them.
– Remove unproductive plants and compost them
– When reusing pockets add some fresh compost.
Step 9 Development & The Idea
– NEXT I would like…
-to hang up more shoe hangers and pocket organizers, 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.