Shirley shares how to create a space-saving, vertical herb tower.
- Plant dolly with casters so you can spin your "living spice rack!"
- Coco coir planter liner
- Potting soil
- Assorted 4" inch potted herbs and greens
- Green velcro ties
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Create a space-saving, vertical herb tower using sturdy, repurposed wood or metal tomato cages as the support structure! No construction is necessary!
Shirley designed this "instant" vertical garden to maximize growing space in a small 2' feet by 2 feet area. Most tomato support structures have anywhere from 9 to 12 openings that you can fill with delicious hanging herb baskets! Let's get started!
- Select a plant dolly with casters so that you can spin the herb tower and have all the baskets receive even sun exposure. Select a plant dolly that is rated for heavy containers and has a platform large enough to sit the planter securely. Consider your herb tower a "Living Spice Rack" that spins just like a kitchen spice rack!
- As an alternative, you can use a sturdy galvanized metal tomato cage and place it inside a large, round container. Make sure to select a tomato cage that has openings large enough to nest the metal planter baskets into. The baskets should fit snug even before you secure them with velcro.
- After inserting the tomato structure in the container, fill the large container with soil and plant herbs and flowers.
- Place a large container on top of a sturdy plant dolly with caster wheels.
- Fill the planter with potting soil and insert the tomato support structure making sure to sit it deeply into the container.
- Add colorful plants or herbs to the large container.
- Attach the metal planter baskets, (that are lined with coco coir), to the structure openings using strong velcro tape.
- Fill the baskets with potting soil and mist the coco coir and soil so they feel damp but not saturated.
- Plant each basket with at least three, 4"-inch potted herb plants. You can also plant flowers or greens.
- Plant a colorful basket at the top of the tower for a beautiful decorative look.
- Spin the herb tower once a week so that all the baskets get even sun exposure.
- Water the hanging baskets as needed when the soil begins to feel dry to the touch.
- Harvest your herbs and greens, taking no more than a third of each plant at any one time.
Enjoy your living, spinning, herb tower and get growing in a small space!
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