Enjoying Our January Jungle

Over a year and a half ago, we put up our own Minigarden greenwall in our office reception area. This is what it looked like on the day it was built: Our greenwall consists of 72 plants happily living in a space 160cm high x 194cm wide (approx. 5-1/4’ high x 6-1/3 wide). Jason Rokosh at VERTLA designed and assembled our wall, including a lovely reclaimed barn-board frame around the wall. On the top, the frame jutts out to accommodate a fluorescent bulb that provides light to the entire wall. A submersible pump and tank were placed on the floor beneath the wall to provide water for the irrigation system that is integrated into the modules. How Did We Choose Our Plants? We chose our plants based on several considerations: Ability to withstand low-light because the only source of light in this area is the fluorescent bulb Toxin-removing properties Low maintenance Ability to provide a beautiful view of greenery throughout the year. In the end, we decided to plant fern, silver pothos, spider plant, peace lily, philodendron, marantha, nyphthitis, and pilea. A Growing Greenwall Here is a photo of how our wall looks today: WOW, right? It’s a full-on jungle in here! The growth is so thick that it’s creating a lot of shadows in the photo. Below is a shot of the wall from the side. You can see the vines of pothos trailing down the entire length of the wall, as well as the thickness of the peace lilies and spider plants: The best part is that in the past year and a half, we have done...

Growing Vegetables & Herbs Indoors All Winter

Herb and vegetable growing is one of the most popular uses for Minigarden. In warm and hot temperatures, tomatoes, eggplants (yes, eggplants!), and strawberries sprout up in Minigardens all over the world. For places that experience cold winters, the key to growing your own herbs and vegetables year-round is to set up an indoor garden. Since winter is the seasonal resting phase for most plants, they won’t grow as much as they would during their prime summer months. However, with some care you can still enjoy fresh sprigs of thyme, rosemary, or mint throughout the winter months. Think Minigarden For Minigarden Corner or Vertical owners, the self-draining design of the modules helps provide excellent drainage, which is one of the most crucial aspects of container growing. For those with a Basic system, its self-irrigating properties ensure that your herbs get just the right amount of water. The roots draw up the water required via the most geotextile membrane, which removes all the guesswork on your side! Tips and Tricks Here are a few tips to keep in mind for growing herbs indoors all winter long: Choose a south-facing wall or window. East-facing will also work fine, but you want to be sure that you maximize the amount of sun the plants receive. Most herbs and vegetables require lots of sun. Purchase and plant 2” or 4” herbs instead of seeds or outdoor herbs. Many grocery chains now carry potted herbs throughout the year. I prefer to purchase potted herbs for indoor growing instead of bringing my outdoor ones in for several reasons: first, I like to let my outdoor herbs undergo their natural...

Vertical Gardening Brings Your Walls to Life

I have a large, bare wall in my kitchen that has been waiting for the perfect accessory. I wanted something that would make a great impact and bring something unexpected to the room. I considered everything from hanging a large chalkboard, to finding a beautiful piece of art. Ultimately, I decided to go with a vertical garden. I get nice, indirect sunlight in my kitchen which is suitable for many indoor plants. Plus, nothing brings a wall to life (literally!) like plants do. Choosing Plants Given the reality of my busy work/family schedule and the approaching conditions of the fall and winter, I chose the plants carefully. They had to be able to withstand my neglect and the upcoming arid and lower-light conditions and still look good. So, I selected the trusty Golden Pothos to create the border, and then filled the green sections of the wall with Ball Moss and Schefflera.  To inject some color, I dedicated some modules to seasonal ornamental chilis and purple mums. Around Christmas, I will likely be replacing these with baby Pointsettia or Christmas Cactus. Before assembling, I planted all the modules. I put in about an inch of Perlite at the bottom to help with drainage. Next, I filled the modules in with container mix and then planted the 4″ plants and gave it all a good watering. Assembling My Greenwall I assembled the Minigarden layer-by-layer going upwards. Halfway up, I fastened the Minigarden to the wall using a screw and wall anchor. The screw is threaded through the back clip and then into the wall anchor, much like anchoring a bookcase....