Knowing that I wanted to try my hand at some sort of garden, but also recognizing that it needed to work well either indoors or on our balcony I had been doing a lot of research into vertical gardens. One of the first ones I found was this idea but in the original post they were able to drive the re-bar into the ground and so I was stumped. Until I found this alternate idea. These people went about putting cement in the bottom pot and planting the re-bar into that. Genius! This meant that it was totally transportable and could easily be done on our little balcony. After a trip to Home Depot, Goodwill, and Fred Meyer we had everything we needed to make our little garden come together.
|We picked up Basil, Parsley, Oregano, and Mint as our research had pointed to them as easy herbs to grow and they were ones we use with some frequency.|
|We selected the pot to use for the base and started mixing the cement.|
|The instructions on the bag were pretty straightforward and using the re-bar to mix it together meant that we didn't have to clean anything extra.|
|Once the cement was mixed we centered the re-bar and using cardboard and duct tape were able to keep it straight while the cement hardened.|
|Now to begin, we placed a mound of potting soil over the cement so as to make it look nicer while also giving us a good base for the second pot to sit at the angle we wanted.|
|We found that my putting cable ties around the re-bar, the large knob parts of them helped the pots to stay angled the way we wanted them to. Otherwise they defaulted to sitting inside the previous pot.|
|All said and done this is what we ended up with, granted they need a bit of water and sunlight but they're alive.|
|We were sure to leave about an inch between the top of the dirt and the top of the pot so that water isn't wasted over the edge.|
What would you plant in your ideal garden?
3+ pots depending on how tall you want it to be (be sure that each pot, with the exception of the one used for the base, has a hole in the bottom)
1 piece of re-bar slightly shorter than the height of all your pots stacked on top of each other
1 small bag of quick dry cement (we only used half of the bag)
5-7 cubic ft of potting soil
At least one plant for each pot with the exception of the base, if you use larger plants, or ones that won't spread considering mingling a couple together.
- Place the bottom pot on a paper bag or cardboard and fill 3/4 or so full of cement
- Mix cement together according to the directions
- Place re-bar in the center of the pot and anchor to a nearby wall so that it remains straight
- Allow cement to dry
- Place re-bar through the hole of the second pot and determine the angle you want it to sit at
- Place potting soil on top of the cement in the base pot and create a small hill to allow the second pot to stand on
- Fill the second pot with soil and any plants
- Place the re-bar through the hole of the third pot and determine the angle you want it to sit at
- Have one person hold the pot in place while a second person places 3 cable/zip ties directly under the base of the third pot so that it sits at the correct angle when not being held
- Fill the third pot with soil and any plants
- Repeat the last 3 steps for any remaining pots
- Water your plants starting at the top so that any excess water may drain down
Tips & Tricks:
- Pay attention to where the sun hits prior to building your garden, we have had to move ours a couple of times so that each pot is hit somewhat evenly with sunlight.
- This is much easier and faster to do with two people so try and get some help.
- Goodwill is a great place to look for pots as would be Target or Wal-Mart, they will all be cheaper than a garden center.
- Select larger pots than you think you might want, we ended up making a second trip out as we'd picked up a couple that weren't large enough for the plants once they were angled on the re-bar.