To make the most of my gardening space this year, I’ve been looking at creative ways to grow veggies and herbs vertically. Vertical gardening is all about growing vegetables on walls and fences instead of on the ground.
While hanging baskets and trellises are some of the more common ways of creating vertical garden space, anything that can be hung on the wall can also be used for vertical gardening as long as it has a drainage hole and a bit of space for holding soil. Here are some simple instructions for how I turned an old metal chick feeder tray into vertical mint garden.
To make a hanging mint garden you will need one or two mint plants, potting mix, some twigs, flexible garden wire and a galvanized metal chick feeder tray. Chick feeders can be found at all farm & seed stores and range in price from $5 for a 12-inch feeder to $13 for an 18-inch feeder.
Carefully slide the lid of the chick feeder tray and set aside. Remove the mint plants from their containers and place them in the tray on their sides, gently pressing the root ball downwards to a height of two inches. Make sure that the foliage is all pointing in the same direction. Fill the empty pockets of space with potting mix and press a few twigs over the soil. (This will prevent the soil from falling out of the tray when the container is placed upright.)
Replacing the lid
Splay the sides of the tray slightly outwards. Carefully slide the lid back onto its base in the same directions as the plants. The lid should be quite snug; if not, remove, pull apart the sides of the tray even more and try again. Gently pull through some of the mint through the openings in the tray.
There are several ways that your chicken feeder tray can be hung from a wall. I simply ran a piece of garden wire through a couple of the openings and fed them through the tray before twisting them into a loop that could be hung from the trellis. If you’d rather not have the wire show, tap a small screw into the reverse of the chick feeder tray before filling your tray with plants and potting mix.
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