Vertical Garden Update

One of Better Farm's vertical garden setups is finally under way! Yesterday in the greenhouse, three beautifully painted plastic bottles were hung with just a few nails and some wire along a wall in the greenhouse. Not only is it exciting to have started a living, growing, space saving garden, but the bottles certainly brighten the greenhouse, as well.

The next step is to figure out the proper way to take care of these plants. One piece of advice we've been given is to mist the leafy green plants everyday instead of watering them like any outdoor plant. Leafy plants will get mites when grown indoors if natural growing conditions are not reproduced (like morning dew). Misting will keep the mites away, and more than that, it will also allow for fresh air flow.

There is also always an issue of getting your indoor plants the proper amount of sunlight. Vegetable plants generally need at least 6 hours of sunlight per day in order to produce vegetables at all. However, light can be increased in a number of ways. Mirrors or any kind of reflective surface, like mylar for example, can nearly double the amount of lumens reaching your plants.

Our next project is going to be a vertical herb garden in the kitchen—possibly also using plastic bottles. The only difference will be the goal of creating a vertical garden while also implementing a drip irrigation system. But don't worry, we'll keep you all updated on that too!