Last weekend, we jaunted over to Cedar Falls, Iowa where my dear friend and old college room mate, Lindsay, was speaking at workshop at a local college about self-reliance and sustainability. Intrigued by learning more about her farm and by the topics of backyard chickens and other homesteading practices, we made a weekend of it. It turned out to be the most inspiring and motivational weekend we'd had in a long time.
In any case, Dan started our vertical garden when we got home, a project we'd had in the works for a few weeks already. Dan, who is working at an urban farm and has access to these kinds of things, brought home a pallet and fashioned all the slats in burlap so that we may grow things inside them.
By means of explanation, here's a couple of photos:
He essentially made little pockets that we will transplant the seeds we've already started once the weather gets warmer.
We're doing a bunch of herbs - cilantro, mint, basil - and some veggies like arugula and chard. The John Hancock building is in the back - I like the contrast of the urban scenery and our little plants.
And just for fun, here's the one picture we took in Iowa, of the storefront from the show American Pickers