One of the challenges of growing food indoors is finding enough space for all the food you wish to grow. As long as you get enough light, however, you can grow far more indoors than you might imagine. In order to get easy access to all your herbs, salads, fruit and vegetables, the best place to start your indoors garden is in your kitchen. Even a small kitchen can provide space for planting – but sometimes you have to think upwards.
Even when there is not much space on windowsills, work surfaces or on the floor, you may still have room for a vertical garden on a bright wall. Vertical gardens are a fantastic solution for those with limited space for indoors growing. And it is easier than you might imagine to create your own. To inspire you to start growing your own food indoors, here are five cheap and easy vertical garden ideas for your kitchen:
One of the simplest ways to begin growing food up your walls is simply to install some shelves. You can make shelves for plants quickly and easily from wooden pallets or other scrap wood. These shelves can then be fully stocked with containers in which herbs, leafy vegetables and soft fruits such as strawberries can be grown. Shelves in front of a window could be temporary, but would allow for more plants to be grown where there is enough light.
Cup Hooks With Hanging Planters
Hanging planters (or simply plant pots, yoghurt pots or other containers held and hung with garden wire) are fantastic for making the most of all the vertical space in your kitchen to grow food. You can hang a whole bunch on one wall by affixing them to a series of cup hooks.
Fabric Pocket Vertical Garden
A fabric pocket vertical garden is another cheap and easy option for anyone with basic sewing skills. Sturdy scrap fabric from old clothes or household bedding can be re- purposed, lined with a waterproof backing (such as an old tarp or tent material, for example) and fashioned into a wall hanging with pockets in which plants can be grown.
Guttering Hydroponic System
If you fancy trying something a little different with your inside growing, hydroponics might be a good way to go. With lengths of plastic rain guttering, some supports, and a small pump, you can create a vertical garden that grows salads hydroponically. Even without the hydroponic components, however, rain guttering can still be used to create a fantastic vertical garden to hang on the wall of your kitchen.
Plastic Bottle Towers/ Strings
Finally, for something really affordable – simply stack cut down plastic bottles or suspend the top halves of plastic bottle on string or wire to create tall towers or hanging strings of planters. You can