Archives: Urban Gardening

My Backyard Vertical Garden

Hanging Pot Solution

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about setting up my vertical garden commenting about how expensive the hanging pots sets are for my trellis wall. Over the couple of weeks following that post, I did some research and shopping around and have found a solution that is much more flexible and also more cost effective.

The video below runs through the solution I found

The financials of this solution are:

  1. A set of 3 pre-made hanging pots of this variety will cost you over $60. You will have 3 pots about 5 cms apart, one above the other. There will be a frame behind them though holding it all together, so its still a good solution if you don’t already have a frame on the wall. This is our benchmark.
  2. Each of the pots used in the video costs less than $13. So three are maximum $39
  3. A pair of those hooks were less than $2.50, so three sets cost a maximum of $7.50
  4. Total 3 pot set comes to less than $46.50, a saving of around $15 – or 25%

(Note: this video was filmed early 2014 – prices will vary as time goes on, but I hope the savings will stay similar)

This isn’t a massive savings, however a few of points on this:

  • Urban gardening is about using what you have as efficiently as you can. It pays to get into the habit of being thrifty with space, your time and money
  • If I wanted to fill the wall with these pots, I could get at least 10 sets of 3. That makes the savings minimum $150. Now that is worth thinking about.
  • Also, think of how many seeds you can buy just from the $15 savings

An additional benefit of this set up is that I have much more flexibility. I don’t need to stack my pots in sets of three one above the other. This will make for a much more aesthetically pleasing vertical garden.

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Urban Gardening – Making Use Of Your Available Space

So many of us these days live in restricted space. We don’t live on a farm, or in the country. We don’t have a paddock, a field or meadow to use. If we are lucky enough to own our home, the chances are the yard space will be small. As the Australian population swells, our yards do seem to be getting smaller and smaller. Maybe you don’t even have a yard, you may be living in a unit or flat where your only outdoor space is a balcony, or even a window sill. If you are really unlucky, you may have no outdoor space at all. I lived in a highrise unit in Sydney for 18 months where the windows didn’t even open. I was completely trapped indoors.

You may rent also, which puts restrictions on what you can and cannot do to your living space.

This is the challenge of urban gardening – how do we make best use of our available space and conditions.

I have recently started a new project in my front yard – you can see how I have a trellis on the inside of my fence. When I bought this property, this trellis contained a creeper of some kind. Recently it got too much, it was climbing all over the other trees in the garden, cleanly folding and snapping branches off as it grew. It had extended up the brick wall and into the garage guttering and roof. I decided recently it must come down. So on the weekend I have completely removed the creeper, leaving me with this blank canvas :)

Over the next few weeks (or months) I am going to fill this trellis with herbs and vegetables. It is just a too useful (and well placed) space to have it under-utilised or with an aesthetic plant only. It is well positioned too, getting good daylight but none of the hottest afternoon sun. Both the garage in the west and the fence facing the north will protect the plants from the worst of the hot Aussie sun.

So to start the project I went to Bunnings today to check out some of the options for pre-built wall garden solutions. Most of the ones available were designed for a smaller space like a balcony, but to my mind they were very expensive. They were about $60 for a 3 pot vertical solution, where the pots were about 30cms wide by 10 cms deep. Given the pre-existing trellis, I am sure I can come up with a much more cost effective solution, given all I really need to do is hang some pots on the fence. I may make the solution I come up with my first excuse for a video post – so stay tuned…