The trend in ‘vertical gardens’ has become popular for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that not many people have room for a large indoor garden. Herbs are especially exciting in a living wall because they don’t require a lot of soil and can be convenient for cooking, growing right inside your kitchen. Building an herb wall inside your house isn’t a difficult thing to do, with the right tools in hand.
The frame for your vertical garden can be made of a sturdy fabric or light wood, or anything that can hang on a wall. Make sure it fits nicely in the area you want to grow your garden, since you don’t want to have anything disturbing it. Then, attach a plastic sheet or a garden film to the back of it. This prevents leaking through the back. Finally, get some burlap or felt or similar material, and attach it to the frame with staples on three sides. The top should remain open.
Now it’s time to get ready for planting your herbs. You need to fill the entire structure with a good potting soil, amending the soil with some good bone meal or compost. When you’ve finished, poke slits or holes in the burlap so you can plant seeds or seedlings. If you are using seeds, let the frame remain flat for the germination process before hanging. Make sure you have a system and labels to keep your herbs straight, allowing you to plant different types of herbs for your use.
Essentially, you’re done creating your herb wall, other than to assure that the soil doesn’t dry out and the plants remain healthy. Your herbs should grow in abundance, and best of all, being indoors means that they will continue to produce year round, providing you with ingredients for thousands of meals. Several of them are also fragrant, keeping your kitchen smelling fresh and green throughout the year.
Choose a well draining soil for the project to keep too much moisture from building up in the vertical garden. Also, plant a variety of herbs with different colors and textures to keep it even more interesting strawberries work in a vertical garden as well, so you can add some color and sweet berries to your design. The living wall can be a conversation piece with visitors, too.
When you don’t have the room you’d like to start a garden outdoors or to place a number of long planters in windowsills, an herb wall is a great alternative that is inexpensive and easy to maintain. Have the herbs at your fingertips year round, experiment with new ones from time to time, and enjoy the creativity that goes into building it.