November 29, 2011 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
You don’t have to be Patrick Blanc to create your own vertical garden. In even the smallest spaces, you can plant up instead of out with modular pocket planters like those from Woolly Pockets. Design your own green living wall virtually anywhere indoors or out–snip herbs right off a hanging herb garden in the kitchen, plant an ornamental wall in the living room, a vertical vegetable garden on your small balcony, patio fence, railing or…use your creativity!
Consider starting with a small pocket planter, like the Wally One, whose breathable soft-sided pockets are made in the good ‘ol USA from 100% recycled plastic water bottles. You can use one alone or add a few to create a variety of shapes to fit your particular space. As easy as hanging a picture, Wally comes with all the necessary hardware–everything you need except the soil and plants. Think mini urban farm or small tropical hanging garden. If you can think it up, your Wally will hang in there for you.
Five Easy Steps
1. Hang your pocket planter in a place that gets the right amount of sunlight for your selected plants.
2. Space the grommets 22” apart by measuring that distance on the wall, then mark where the grommet holes will be placed.
3. Drill the holes.
4. Slide fasteners into the holes.
5. Screw your pocket planter into the fasteners and start planting!
Like Building Blocks
You can creatively configure your vertical garden by hanging multiple Wallys.
By horizontally overlapping the pockets’ grommets, spacing them 6.5” apart vertically (from grommet to grommet), you hide the grommets and ensure that the plants have enough space to thrive yet are still dense enough to create a lush living wall.
What Pocket Planters Drink
Planters like the Wally like filtered water best. One cup of water about once a week is usually sufficient for quenching your planter’s thirst. The Woollys have a “tongue”– a felt flap inside the pocket on top of their moisture barrier–that absorbs the water and carries it down to the plant roots. You just water the tongue directly and any excess water accumulates in the reservoir or evaporates through the pocket’s breathable sides, preventing overwatering and conserving water.
Moist Plants, Dry Floors
Don’t worry about your floors and carpets: the military grade built-in moisture barrier creates a reservoir that keeps walls and floors from getting wet.
Ready to go vertical? Buy your favorite Woolly Pocket here and save up to 30% now!
And please send us pictures of your finished walls and we’ll post them! xx