After another dreadful winter, I think I speak for almost everyone when I say I'm glad that's over. Bring on the warm weather, patios, bbq's, and garden fresh vegetables!
For the past couple years, I've been working on a vertical garden design for those who don't have the yard space for a garden box or two (myself included). Last year I built the prototype and hung it on the side of the shipping container at the warehouse.
As a challenge to myself and the design, I wanted to see what could be grown in such a container. We planted a wide variety, including things that you'd never think of planting in a container that size. In the end we harvested a surprising amount of peppers, cucumbers, beans, snap peas, beets, tomatoes, broccoli and even corn on the cob! It didn't come without effort, however, especially when it came to the broccoli. In the end it pulled through and was delicious, but I had to spend an incredible amount of time fighting off those nasty cabbage worms. One thing is for sure, I will never complain about the price of broccoli again!
Here are some photos of the vertical garden prototype and the harvest it produced.
The vertical garden design isn't quite ready for large scale production and sale through the online store yet, but if you're interested in a custom vertical garden for your space, don't hesitate to contact us.
As for what lies ahead in 2019, we've just launched a new accessory for our corner brackets - caps! I've had many requests over the past few years to have a cap to close off the top of the bracket to give it more of a 'finished' aesthetic, and so I designed a cap and sourced a factory to produce them. The caps are made from die cast aluminum and have the same black powder coated finish to match the brackets.
I'm definitely excited to plant another crop of vegetables in our vertical garden this year at the warehouse. As well, I'll be testing another slightly different vertical garden prototype that I've designed, and setting up a few garden boxes using our hardware kits for friends and family. You can follow along as I share pics of these activities throughout the summer on our instagram page.
Cheers to another growing season ahead!