I have a few projects I've done over the last few months that I've been meaning to post, so I thought today would be a good day to talk about my indoor, hanging, vertical garden. This is mostly because I've been feeling like a brown thumb lately, and, of all my plant projects, it has been the easiest to execute, easiest to maintain, and the most aesthetically pleasing to look at, so over all, I'd call it a success!
Some of the initial goals I had when trying to come up with an apartment-friendly vertical garden were: it had to be low maintenance, it had to support a few different types of house plants, the planters had to be hydroponic, and it had to fit in with my living room decor. This was around the time I was obsessing over green walls, many of which met only one, if any, of those requirements. At about the same time, my friend and coworker Sindhu (who is forced to hear about each and every one of my planting adventures and therefore has no reason to read my blog and will probably never see this shout-out) made a trip to IKEA and found some hanging baskets that she realized would work perfectly with my mason jar planters to achieve all of my goals. So I must give Sindhu a HUGE THANKS as she is the real genius of getting this project to work vertically!
My next challenge was figuring out how to get a bunch of different plants to grow with the desired effect. Ideally, I wanted it to be more plant, less planter, so I focused on finding plants that would get bushy or had a tendency to vine or hang. Originally, I thought I'd start some plants from seed and/or grow some plants that required full sun, so I got some clip-on grow lights and a special power cord to support such a setup, but in the end I opted for all shade-tolerant plants and placed the vertical garden by the window so it could soak up as much light as possible (it is a south-facing window, but it's still the Pacific Northwest).
Since I was using the mason jar planters, I used only plant cuttings to start my plants as I am still wary of introducing pests into my house via soil (more so now that this has happened to my tomatillos - but more on that in a later post). I got these from friends (I used the crab cactii from my friend Cristy that I planted in the Gardening is Gansta post) and from Etsy, which worked out way better than I expected since I had never bought living plants online, only seeds. The only thing is that the mason jar planters don't necessarily promote quick early growth, so the garden isn't quite as overgrown yet as I would like, but it's definitely on its way.
What I Used
- The materials from the mason jar planters post for 12 planters, except for the seed-starting "cubes" since I didn't use any seeds
- 12 plant cuttings
- IKEA EKORRE hook
- 4 IKEA BITTERGURKA hanging baskets
- Tools for installing the hook and assembling the baskets (various screw drivers and maybe a drill and stud-finder)
Happy PRIDE month everyone!