As spring takes hold, we decided to refresh our garden. We want to grow a lot more salads at home. We have an allotment and grow a wide range of vegetables but can’t always get there.
We are not at our plot on a daily basis. This makes growing things like salads and strawberries difficult. Growing plants that need to be harvested at exactly the right time, or at least before the birds and it can be tricky. It’s hard to protect these crops from slugs and birds consistently.
So, this year we wanted to grow more of these crops in our garden so we can nip out and harvest them each day as and needed keep them safe from pests.
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Why buy a wall planter?
Our space is limited and with a healthy population of hungry snails patrolling our garden too we needed to find a way to grow salads for us not just for the slugs and snails.
We have tried a few ways over the years from hanging baskets, strawberry towers and window boxes and last year we made our own version of a salad wall in a shaded part of our garden reusing milk jugs.
This worked really well and did a fab job at encouraging the kids to pick and eat salads. Now, we needed more space to grow. So when I saw this hanging planter on Amazon, we decided to give it a try.
It is sold on Amazon as being;
- Suitable for planting flowers, vegetables, strawberries, hanging and plants.
- 7 wide pockets provide enough growing space for plants and each pocket still let’s in enough sunlight to keep the vegetation healthy. (You actually get 2 of these. In the pack so it’s 14 pockets in all)
- Hanging planting pockets can extend your planting space, easily as they are easily applied anywhere-gardens, yards, fences, cafe decoration, balconies, terraces, patios, home decor and roof gardens
- The plant bags are equipped with metal holes, just fix it on the wall with screws or rope, and then start planting like a flower pot
- Great decor for your indoor, outdoor walls and fences with green plants, pretty flowers, herbs and vegetables
Why this planter?
This hanging planter is perfect for the space we have on our fence and it can be hung on almost any bare, vertical surface. It’s a great way to cover boring walls. There are other styles but I liked the larger pockets in this design.
The planter has 2 hanging strips that each have 7 pockets which gives you 14 pockets in all. Which will give you lots of space to grow and has the added bonus of giving us some privacy from the neighbours.
You could also attach the wall planter to a balcony rail or stair well using cable ties. All you need to do is thread a thick enough cable tie through the top loops, then ensure that it is safely wrapped around a rail, and then pull the cable tie tight.
Over time you can add more planters and create a larger green wall in any style you need.
Our new wall planter
On first glance, I was a little concerned by the size of each pocket as they seemed smaller than I expected, but the quality of the felt was thick and looked to be secured well. It appeared well made, and substantial so we decided to give it a try.
Each planter is W30 x D17 x H107 centimetres and there is 2 in the pack. Each pocket measures 30cm wide and 15cm deep. The felt is a little flexible so the pockets do stretch alittle when filling with soil.
Unfortunately, this set didn’t come with any instructions or fixings but it is easy to install.
You can use nails, screws or hooks to fix this planter to the wall, fence or other surface you want to cover while being mindful of how heavy this will get when it’s full of soil and water.
Hanging our new pocket wall planter
Screw or nail into the wall or fence and simply hang the planter from them. We used an old broom handle to slide through these handles to support our planter and screwed that to the fence instead. This gave us a gap down the back of the planter for air to circulate incase the moisture affected the fence.
The moisture will seep through the planter so make sure you leave a gap if putting this on a wall of your house etc. You don’t want water seeping into your walls.
You could line your wall or fence with a piece of plastic to prevent this too.
To help secure your planter further there is 3, metal lined eyelet holes down each side. We put a screw through each of these to support the sides.
This helps to keep the pockets level so the water doesn’t just fall out and it helps support and distribute the weight of the planter you it’s not all on the loops at the top. You could also use cable ties to secure the eyelets to the screws which will give it a little more flexibity.
Filling the vertical planter
We then filled each pocket with compost. We used shop bought multipurpose compost with a little of our own garden compost added. (Find out how to make your own here)
These pockets seemed small but I was actually surprised by the amount of compost each pocket took to fill.
The pockets did slope forwards a little until we fixed the sides to the fence and the pockets levelled out.
To make sure the compost goes in to each corner and stay inside the pocket we watered all the pockets before we planted.
The pockets will need watering daily, especially in hot weather, where watering twice a day may be needed
These planters need a fair bit of watering but it doesn’t take long and the water does seep down the material. A good idea might be to invest in a small drip hose watering system to water little and often which again helps the soil to stay in the pockets and not slosh out with a heavy watering.
About the pockets.
The pockets themselves are 30cm wide and 15cm deep. For us that is a good-sized space to grow salad leaves, strawberries, some small herbs and other small crops. We may even pop in a few nasturtiums, ferns, calendula or a small bush tomato.
This system won’t work for larger plants. For these you would been patio pots so you could give the plants a deeper pot of compost.
The size of each pocket should be adequate for a lot of plants, whilst only taking up unused horizontal space.
.The planting pockets have a strengthened edge l to help it last longer and be more secure and the felt material helps to wick moisture throughout the planter making the whole planter durable and easy to work with.
What we think
- 14 planting pockets let you grow a lot of plants in small unused spaces
- You can increase the growing space on your patio or balcony
- Its easy to use indoors or outdoors
- A large number of species of annuals, perennials, herbs and strawberries can be grown in them.
- Easy to assemble, as long as you are handy with a drill.
- Durable and long-lasting.
- Needs to be watered daily to make sure it doesn’t dry out.
- Plants need to be fed with a balanced liquid fertilizer each week as there’s limited soil for your plants to find food in.
- Is relatively expensive compared to a few pots but well worth it for the extra space it gives you.
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY THIS WALL PLANTER?
I really like these vertical wall planters. They’ve added alot of growing spaces. I’m looking forward to splashes of colour this will add to the fences in my garden later in the year. It’s lovely to have extra space away from slugs and snails.
We often focus on how little space we have to grow. And totally forget we can go upwards. If you cannot grow across then you need to grow upwards and this planter is a fantastic addition to any vertical space
To sum it up this planter is a, decorative, space-saving way to grow plants, flowers, herbs and vegetables.
So, give it a go and let us know what you think below.