Vertical Vegetable Gardening

I was surfing the web for inspiration (my definition of procrastinating!) and came across these great ideas for vertical vegetable gardening aka “green walls”.

I loved the clever use of these gutters, which I saw on this site.

And the French Champagne racks (if you happen to have a few lying around…), which I found here.

The pic below is probably slightly more realistic than the wine racks above  – no more excuses now! (Found this pic here.)

The old shoe organizer is genius, but not too sure how white they’ll look after a few Cape storms. Think I’d go with black instead… this pic is from here.

And if you’re feeling truly inspired… try this! (Pic from here)


15 Responses to “Vertical Vegetable Gardening”

  1. Gina November 10, 2011 at 6:08 am #


    • bern November 10, 2011 at 7:16 am #

      Yeah! I think they’re awesome too. Tempted to do the gutters even though I have the space… Thanks Gina. x

  2. richard November 10, 2011 at 6:30 am #

    I love these clever herb and veg ideas. So inspiring!

    • bern November 10, 2011 at 7:17 am #

      Hi Richard! ‘Gutter’ rocket would go nicely with your cured ham on a pizza…mmmm

  3. Sam November 10, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    I cant believe that lettuce can grow in such a thin little tray. I also feel inspired by the shoe holder idea. I have very little space and about to start my summer herb garden (dies in winter)

    • bern November 10, 2011 at 7:58 am #

      Taking micro leaves to a whole new level. Pretty organised for a vegetable garden too, isn’t it?! Let me know if you try the shoe-holder. x

  4. Betty Bake November 10, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    i love the gutters :)

    very cool :)


    Betty Bake x

    • bern November 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

      Glad you like it (the gutters are my favourite). Thanks for visiting Betty Bake!

  5. Colleen November 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    WOW! These are most inspiring. Just shows what you can do with a bit of imagination, some creativity and some interesting articles….love the gutter rocket hehe! I need to look around with fresh eyes and see what I could come up with. My broad beans have been fantastic, thank you for inspiring me to plant them. They have come to an end now. The high winds hammered them badly. But most rewarding :) xxx

    • bern November 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

      Hi Colleen. Glad you got to harvest a few broads before the wind took them… So pleased I inspired you. Next project: gutter rocket. Now, get to it! x

  6. Laura March 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Do you know if the shoe containers are treated with any chemicals that would seep into the soil? I saw some at Bed Bath and Beyond that were plastic…I want to have an organic garden, so I hate to subject myself to plastic that has been treated with something that might be harmful.

    • bern March 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

      I’m sure it would be possible to find shoe containers made from recycled plastic. I know a couple of people who’ve grown vegetables and herbs successfully in those shoe holders. Also, most nursery pots are made from plastic, so it can’t be all bad, in fact, perhaps it’s worth asking when next buying pot plants. I’ll do some research and get back to you. Interesting point. B

  7. val abelin April 29, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    one word…..pinterest


  8. Michelle Kane (@BlackHillsPR) April 29, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Love these ideas! I’ve seen the gutter picture which is so fun. I love having a ton of fresh lettuce. I really like the drilled holes too. I’ve read that pallets are not a good idea because they are usually coated in chemicals. Any thoughts on that? I look forward to reading more of your blog!

  9. Pat Berteotti May 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    I just read that you can ask about pallets are the supermarket. Check and see if they have HT on them, they are good to go. HT means they are Heat Treated and not chemical treated. I am loving all these ideas!!!

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