The Wall of Herbs

Here's a great idea for planting kitchen gardens in tight spaces.

By Robb Walsh August 7, 2013

This kitchen garden on a fence belongs to chef John Brazie of The Woodlands Resort. Faced with the prospect of looking at bulldozers and cranes through the construction fence beside his kitchen for the next 18 months while the resort goes through a $60 million renovation, the chef came up with this utilitarian camoflage.

10-foot garden panels were hung the length of the fencing with drip irrigation hose attached to each. The fence-iful garden is loaded with chives, sage, rosemary, basil, oregano, mint, and cayenne peppers. The fence will remain for the next 18 months, so Brazie hopes to get a decent harvest for the herb garden.

If you are short on gardening space, vertical gardens are a great solution for tight quarters like back porches and apartment balconies. You can buy ready-made panels that hang on a fence or a wall. Or you can create your own vertical garden out of recycled shipping palates.

A downtown Houston parking garage as imagined by the Houston Vertical Gardens Grant Initiative.

Vertical gardens are quite the rage around the world. The Houston Vertical Gardens Grant Initiative of 2008 envisions our city's unsightly parking garages and other vertical concrete expanses covered with greenery. Where they see landscaping, I see fresh herbs. Imagine how much rosemary, oregano and marjoram we could be growing on highway overpasses!


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