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Setting Up A Vertical Herb Garden

Plants Jul 24, 2020

Here’s a little weekend project for you!

I’ve been wanting to put together a herb garden for the house for a long, long time. I’ve wanted to put it on our deck because that’s the spot that gets the best light – the garden is quite green and bushy and I was worried the plants wouldn’t get enough light. I was at a bit of a loss for how to create a herb garden on the deck, I considered pots but knew there wouldn’t be enough space. Which is why I was so excited to learn about Urban Eden’s  Vertical Gardens. They’re great because they have a relatively large mount of planting space for such a small structure, are easy to put together and have a self watering system that reduces how often you need to water. Here’s how I put mine together.

Putting the Vertical Garden Together

These vertical gardens come in two boxes, and weren’t too hard to set up. You simply put together the frame, and then slot in the planters. It’s only took be less than half an hour to set up the planters, and then the time it took to plant the herbs I bought. All in all less than an afternoon’s work! So perfect for people who love gardening but don’t want to dedicate their whole week to it (that’s me!).

 

Herbs I Planted

I loved going to the nursery and buying all the herbs! I went a bit OTT to be honest, but I was so happy to think that I wouldn’t have to buy fresh herbs anymore. So much less wastage. I bought:

  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Parsely
  • Sage
  • Oregano
  • A tomato plant
  • Rocket (arugula)

I wanted to get Thai Basil for our curries but they didn’t have any so I’ll find some elsewhere.

How the watering system works

Each planter in the vertical garden has a water reservoir underneath, and a water metre on the side. On the top lefthand side there is a plug that you open up and fill with water. That means the plants have access to water but because they are planted in a little compartment (one of four in each planter) they aren’t downing in it. So great.

The 6 planters in the vertical garden are then all connected, so that when you fill up the top one the water flows down throughout them all. This makes it so easy to water them. You simply keep an eye on the water metres and fill up when required. I haven’t had to fill mine up yet and its been about two weeks.

This post is in collaboration with Urban Eden.

 

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