How To Plant a Drought Tolerant Living Wall Garden

How To Plant a Drought Tolerant Living Wall Garden

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Your home is small; you only have a very tiny balcony area to grow a garden and you dream of a brightly colored garden filled with herbs and plants that require minimum fuss and care. I have the solution for you — a drought tolerant living wall garden that requires absolutely no weeding. This garden is created from a bookshelf style unit and several EarthBox® Junior™ gardening systems, which have a special water reservoir in the planting container to help you water less. Below are a few excerpts fromGrow a Living Wall; Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, my latest book.


This living wall has basil, dusty miller, red salvia, rosemary, and sweet potato vine from the J.W. Jung Seed Company. While most of the plants placed in these containers were fairly tough drought tolerant plants, I was taking a risk with the sweet potato vine – living dangerously – hoping the Earthbox systems would help the sweet potato vines retain water. Happily, it worked. I planted each unit with 8 plants – that’s 24 plants total – in a narrow space less than 29″ wide and 10″ deep.

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