Shawna Coronado’s Go-To Living Wall Systems

Jun 3rd, 2017 | By | Category: show tips, the show
Shawna Coronado watering one of her living wall vegetable gardens.

Shawna Coronado watering one of her living wall herb and vegetable gardens.

Gardening is going to new heights in the 21st Century: it’s going vertical with living wall systems! Gardener and author Shawna Coronado has mastered the art of “growing up” and shares her skill and knowledge in her book, Grow a Living Wall, Create Vertical Gardens with a Purpose.

Shawna Coronado’s Go-To Living Wall Systems:

  1. Window Box Style Planter System – A window box style planter system can be either stand-alone unit or attached to a wall, gate, or fence. Benefits of the window box style unit include more soil and a wider planting zone, easy access for watering, and deeper root growing availability. Additionally, these units often hold more plants, so work well no matter the size of space you have. You can easily cover an entire wall with this type of system or fit it in an extremely small nook. The units are versatile and long lasting. Cleaning is simple as you only have to pull the container tray out of the unit to clean it.
  2. Wall Felt Pocket Systems – Felt pocket systems have been around for some time and are typically made from recycled BPA free plastics. Each unit rests flatter against a wall than other styles of systems, so might be more of a fit for very narrow areas. Watering is extremely easy with these units and many have self-watering tubes attached through the back of the system to enable lower maintenance. The only critical maintenance is the units need to be completely pulled down annually for cleaning and upkeep.
  3. Framed Small Box System – Small framed units are absolutely delightful in small spaces and easily hang on doors, gates, balcony fences, and walls. Plants can be changed out effortlessly. They are easy to maintain, although I’ve had more success watering from the front for outdoor units, rather than the top of the vertical wall garden.
  4. Hydroponic Box System – Hydroponic box systems offer the advantage of not needing soil and are very easy to maintain. These systems work great with all variety of plants, but particularly drought tolerant plants such as succulents. Each block unit must be soaked in water every few weeks to ensure the plants get the required water. Seasonal cleanup is a snap – simply take the unit down and pull the plants out.
  5. Large Free Standing System – Large free standing systems are great for growing large quantities of plants and can fit in a three foot or less space. An advantage of the system is the self-watering pump which makes watering easier. However, the units are often connected to a self-watering base and can be quite heavy.
  6. Make-Your-Own System – There are dozens of different homemade living wall systems that make fantastic vertical wall gardens. Within the book I’ve focused on cones or hanging containers, pallet gardens, glass jars or other small containers, and shelving unit style gardens. All offer money-saving and creative alternatives to purchasing systems.
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