My DIY Vertical Garden for Growing Organic Vegetables

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We have been sending our two munchkins to a Christian Preschool for the past year.  One of the many things that I like about this school is the teachers are really good at teaching the kids about nature and be close to nature.  In the spring, their class grew beans and sunflowers from seeds.  Their teachers also brought in little pots of strawberries and enlisted their help in taking care of the plants.  And I thought this would be a good opportunity to spark their interest in gardening.

I decided to turn this 3-shelve organizer into a vertical garden to grow vegetables.  Most vegetables have shallow roots and don’t require very deep soil bed, so I thought this could work.  I documented the easy DIY steps and the vegetable progress in pictures below, no special tools required, just the basic: scissors and a stapler.

DIY vertical planter
Step 1: Wrap gardening sheet around each shelf, staple to hold the corners together.
DIY vertical planter
Step 2: Continue to wrap and line all shelves with gardening sheets. These sheets are used to hold the soil together, and provide good drainage.
DIY vertical planter, growing vegetable
Step 3: fill each shelve with potting soil. Sow seeds about 1/4 inch deep

 

 

 

 

Place the 3-level vertical planter cart at a spot with a lot of sun exposure, water every other day, the goal is to keep the soil moist and warm. The top two shelves are mixed green lettuces, the bottom shelve is baby kales. Here is their progress as of 3 weeks, little sprouts about 2-3 inches tall

Homegrown lettuce and kaleWhat vegetables do you grow at home?  And where do you grow them?

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