Maker Faire 2010: Wall Gardens Made With Recycled Plastic

Photos via Jaymi Heimbuch

A favorite spot in Maker Faire is the Homegrown section, where all things food and garden related can be found. Here, makers learn how to do everything from set up a gray-water system to make their own tofu. They also can find the coolest tools for gardening, especially if space is an issue. Plants on Walls is a single sheet of fabric made from recycled plastic water bottles, sewn with little pockets in which you can plant your entire garden, and just leave it out to hang in the sunlight.
Photos via Jaymi Heimbuch

The sheets sport sturdy pockets that are strong enough to hold anything you want for a kitchen garden from herbs all the way to tomatoes. I asked for recommendations on what kinds of tomatoes would work well, since they tend to get quite big and heavy. Patio tomatoes were the variety recommended.

Photos via Jaymi Heimbuch

You can also set up your system to run on drip irrigation, and PlantsOnWalls sells irrigation kits with tubing made from recycled tires:

The sheets sell for about $20 per square foot, and different modular pieces can be purchased to fill up just about any sized wall - or they can be hung from fire escapes or other railings for urban gardens.

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