Vertical gardens seem to be all the rage right now.
A month ago we mentioned Urbio, the versatile system of magnetic pots that can be used to make small vertical gardens in confined office cubicles or cramped flats.
Fern Richardson at Life on the Balcony has some great DIY upcycling ideas, including how to turn a shipping pallet into a vertical planter. The biggest challenge may be getting hold of a pallet, but apparently pallets in Brisbane are the cheapest in Australia. Just a note of caution: If you want to plant herbs or veggies in your pallet, be sure it’s been heat-treated rather than fumigated with pesticides.
Here in Australia, a new company called Wallgarden offers a modular system that can be customised and adapted to any vertical area, whether indoor or outdoor.
And from small-scale to large-scale: plans are underway to construct the world’s first vertical forest. Italian architect Stefano Boeri has designed Bosco Verticale, a 27-storey building in Milan, in which each apartment has a balcony with its own little mini-forest.
Boeri estimates that if the same amount of vegetation were laid out flat, it would require 10,000 square meters of woodland (plus another 50,000 meters of land for the living spaces).