When you're an avid gardener working with a small footprint, you inevitably learn how to get creative with the space you have. I'm one of those gardeners and I try to not look at my limited space as a disadvantage, but instead as a challenge, which is why I'm always on the lookout for innovative gardening ideas. This vertical garden tower might be the perfect solution to house my abundance of potted edible plants and herbs.
The tower pictured above is a 8-foot-high installation designed by Arterra Landscape Architects of San Francisco. It was custom built using steel strips with mesh insets set into a concrete bed. Keeping in mind the climate of northern California, the metal basin perched on top catches the rain and fog which in turn provides moisture to the plants.
While the enormous water-catchment structure and cost might both be out of reach for our space and budget, Sunset provided the DIY'er with an affordable, smaller scale version. For around $140, the improvised tower is constructed from a clay pot and cylinder welded wire mesh. Then using sphagnum moss and soil, you line and fill the interior while inserting your plants from the outside, repeating the process until you reach the top. Lightweight plants with small roots systems, such as arugula and strawberries, are recommended as edibles that will work well for this type of design.
For more information on constructing a vertical garden tower, along with a video, head over to Make a Vertical Garden Tower | Sunset.