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A Good Day!

I was a total achievonaut today! I'm quite pleased with myself because it was all stuff that I'd been avoiding, and the avoiding itself was becoming the problem.

Then I had a really nice dinner with Miss D. at one of my local favourite Japanes place.

And it has occurred to me that this particular restaurant needs a loving and devoted goodbye, especially since they have an awesome eel and egg dish that I don't think I've had before. This devotion is probably best expressed by repeated visits twice daily until my departure.

What the hell, why not? I must find out if they open for lunch.

And since I got back I've been browsing the web re-vertical gardens. In the new place I will have a grand total of about two square metres of dirt, plenty of high paling fence, and a long narrow path to get to the aforementioned two square metres of dirt which can't be seen from anywhere inside. I have a concrete car space.

I don't like container gardening much - too much mollycoddling required and not enough spontaneity/surprise, but I do want to keep certain things going (that can't be readily replaced, like my cattley guavas) until I can get somewhere where they can be planted. And I do want a regular supply of parsley and such. And I will be better off looking at greenery than a paling fence, even if it feels a bit contrived.

And as I know from my experience here, when I have a nice area that doesn't need much tending I really love it. To my mind it's the goal of gardening. Getting the right plants in the right places.

But I digress.

Vertical gardens it will be.

It *can* be more complicated than it sounds. You can just hang pots from a wall and hand water, and/or you can spend as much as you like on fancy, super pretty systems. The advantage of the patented spaceship designs is that they come with fancy irrigation systems, some of which would work quite well, imho.

I suspect I'll be looking for the economy products (which are basically kits of modified planter boxes and wall brackets) and turning my brain to the rigging up of automatic-as-possible watering systems as an add-on.

And suitable growing mediums. According to one site, dirt's really a bit too heavy and needs replacing quite often.

And how much I want to investigate vertical gardening as an adventure in landscapes, taking inspiration from natural vertical environments or as a simple stacking system to maximise growing space. (I will, obviously, do a bit of both. The bedroom window looks onto a paling fence, and it's shady. It's also the furthest walk from the back door. I might be able to set up auto-watering, but I won't be going there often to pick and prune, so it will be ornamentals and the natural vertical landsape stuff. OTOH, the living room window looks onto the carpark space. It's concrete with a paling fence and the space is either full sun or full shade, nothing in between. Best spot for practical vertical kitchen garden and anything that needs regular tending.)

The economy DIY products are touted as being easy, far easier than I think they really are. They don't have easily varied irrigation if they have it at all. For example, some of them allow the drainage from top plants to water the bottom plants. If this happens you'll get nutrients washing through so working out which plants are better at the top, the middle or the bottom could be quite a long learning process. Also, an even distribution of water is only a good thing if all your plants like the same amount of water. My point being that using them successfully will still involve trial and error and patience.

The ones with fancy built-in super-adjustable irrigation systems seem to be marketed to architects so they are probably out of my price range. And strangely limited in the plants they consider suitable.

Tl;dr: Not the same as playing in the dirt, but it might keep me in parsley at least and I might learn more about cliffscapes and bromeliads and stuff like that.

I think I should call it a day.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 4th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
Those links about vertical gardens are great. Thanks. We could do one in our "backyard" maybe. Please send more specific advice re vertical gardens in tropical climes ;)
Looking forward to seeing what you eventually do with your space!
Apr. 4th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
I'll be interested to see how this works out. My solution when I had a narrow area with a high fence just outside a main window was to plant a climbing plant, which worked quite well.
Apr. 5th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
I think vertical gardens are awesome - I especially love that you can grow things just about anywhere.
Apr. 5th, 2012 07:20 am (UTC)
Vertical gardens look so cool. Interesting reading about irrigation. I'd always wondered how the plants were watered.
Apr. 8th, 2012 08:45 am (UTC)
Have you seen this solution? http://livingholmesdesign.com/index.php?q=vertiscape-hydro.html I saw them at MIFGS Garden Show and it looked interesting and fairly straightforward.
Apr. 8th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's basically the same as the wallgarden link - pots arranged vertically to maximise growing area.

IIRC the wallgarden one was simply cheaper.

But they do some fancy things with 'framed' units that are quite appealing.
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