Published on September 23rd, 2014 | by GrowWNY Intern0
Terminology Tuesday: Edible Walls
BY: DANIEL AVILAN, GROWWNY INTERN
Have you ever wanted to pick your own fresh fruit and vegetables from your own garden? This seems like it would be great to have, but unfortunately, some people have no space for a garden. Now a days, this is becoming less and less of an issue as new, innovative ways to garden keep emerging. One of these is to create an edible wall.
An edible wall consists of a grid that can be moved to any location in order to receive sunlight, or mounted to the wall of your choice. The great thing is that you can place it anywhere in your home or apartment- indoor, outdoor, and even parking lots or garages! There are many variations of these systems from many different retailers. Some places sell automated systems that water the plants itself.
You can also create your own grid of choice to accommodate your space and save money. Recently, Canisius College installed two 8 foot by 20 foot long Living Walls in their science hall. The Cadzow family of Parkside has simply made shelving units that sit on their fence to save space. This past year, Jim Charlier at the Art of Gardening Blog also created his own large scale wall garden for the Buffalo Garden Walk.
Edible walls, sometimes called green walls as well, can be used year round. This, along with many other solutions, allows you to garden in the winter. Colleen Morrissey of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses has posted some information on how a possible wall can be made and where you can purchase material to make your own. Colleen Morrissey is the herb manager and container designer at Mischler’s.
So, what are you waiting for? Start growing your food on your walls and enjoy!
Try it and tell us about your first edible wall experience.