My husband and I connected, about a year ago, with a couple in Grimsby who run Sentimental Farms. They have a beautiful property, with two goats, two dogs, a beehive or two, a flock of chickens, and at least 25 vegetable gardens in raised beds.
Rob and Chris teach various classes on weekends to small groups of people. Their lessons are about preserves, bread-making, jam-making, working with beeswax, starting seeds, backyard farming and how to raise and care for chickens.
Their raised bed class is no longer a service they offer, but we were lucky enough to attend the second-last class they offered. The following weekend, we took their backyard farming class, and it was eye-opening.
If you’ve been following along, you already know that my husband and I started adding value to our home by making some additions to our backyard. We built an outdoor pallet bar, a pallet deck and we refinished some wooden Adirondack chairs.
Our plans for 2018 include closing off our backyard (in progress as I write this), as well as adding a couple of raised beds. But I really wanted to try out a small space garden in the meantime, and while I’ve seen this idea on Pinterest, I saw it again at Sentimental Farms, and really, it’s genius.
What you need:
- a mallet
- 5-6 terracotta pots (bottom dishes not needed for this project)
- a 3/8″ metal rod, or rebar, about 1.5 times the height of the terra cotta pots, stacked
- paint (optional)
- quality soil
When you decide on where to put your vertical garden (base this on what you want to grow and the plant’s ideal growing conditions), you’ll need to drive the rod into the ground. The deeper you drive it into the ground will guarantee sturdiness.
It’s also important to know what you’re planting before you start this project, to make sure that you can provide the ideal growing conditions for your plants.
Once that’s completed, you can stack your terracotta plants in a topsy-turvy sort of way. I painted mine with two coats of Behr Porch & Patio Paint and Primer in One. As you know, we have a teal/turquoise theme in our backyard and I had tons of paint left, which is why I painted my pots. I also painted the inside of the lip of the pots.
Stack them on the metal rod in a topsy-turvy fashion, as shown here:
Next is the fun part: planting!
You can plant flowers, herbs, grass/greenery, whatever you like. Always check the growing conditions to make sure you’re giving your plants the right environment. Plant your seeds or seedlings, according to the directions and water using the instructions you’re given. No instructions? Google your plants and get (preferably print) the information so you can refer to it later.
I have a duotang that I keep for all of our outdoor plants. I Googled and printed care and maintenance instructions for each one for reference.
It’s important to note that soil tends to dry out quicker in terracotta than plastic, so make sure you’re checking your plants on a regular basis and watering according to instructions.
I decided on an herb garden for these pots, so I can have fresh herbs all summer long. I plan on doing another garden like this for the front of our house, and that will contain flowers.
There are many benefits to these vertical gardens. They are inexpensive. This project is super quick. These terracotta gardens are great in tight or small spaces. Its possible to place a few of these beside each other, and of course, they’re just pretty neat!
What would you add to this project?