Ace of Space: Gardening From the Ceiling

ace of space, gardening, tammy strobelVertical gardening and window farming is all the rage this summer. And the latest trend in the gardening world is called string gardening. The idea is simple: Grow your vegetables from the ceiling instead of the floor. Plus, string gardens don't take up much space and are a simple yet elegant addition to any room.

Rachel Cernansky from Planet Green said, "Fedor van der Valk, a clever guy from the Netherlands, has worked out a way to grow a surprising range of plants, from (small) trees to flowers to tomatoes."

Originally Fedor created these gardens as an art installation. By using string, moss, grass, and bowls, these plants are transformed into living works of art, similar to the Japanese botanical style, kokedama.

The folks at Urban Garden explained that some string gardens "have built-in glass reservoirs. Others have an artificial root made from different kinds of moss which transports the water to the ball, others have a dripping system that keeps keeps the containing net consistently wet." Most of the plants need to be watered every three days.

Be sure to stop by The String Garden website and order a few plants for your tiny abode.


Tammy Strobel blogs at RowdyKittens about simple living and is the author of Simply Car-free: How to Pedal Toward Financial Freedom and a Healthier Life.

The Ace of Space is a biweekly column that will provide you with the tips and tools to live lightly and creatively in a small space.


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