Along the lines of Urbio or Minigarden, check out these new modular wall planters by KuL Studios made with recycled HDPE plastic. Called Ballavaz, the planters can be used indoors or outdoors and are available in 10 colors. KuL offers two sizes, 24″x12″ and 24″x18″, which mount with screws or hooks. Ballavaz include a concealed recess for drip irrigation — making these just right for herbs, veggies, and maybe a flower or two.
Louisiana-based Aquaponic Modular Production Systems, an urban agriculture development company, just announced the debut of a project — the first aeroponic farm in New Orleans. The Tower Garden is hosted by Hollygrove Farm and Market to showcase an innovative, fast, and eco-friendly way to grow fresh produce for the community.
As someone trying to raise more plants indoors, I really like the Minigarden product, which combines a neat vertical wall design with food growth. The white garden comes in a basic setup with three layers (nine pockets) with one water collection tray, three lids and trays, three planting rows, and 18 assembly clips. When assembled, the Minigarden, which is made with a strong copolymer polypropylene plastic, is 25″ l x 5 3/4″ d x 23″ h. The three-layer version sells for about $59.95.
While green homes often sport all manner of technical solutions to keep them optimized and efficient, the landscaping can have a significant effect on the building and its energy use. Site orientation and landscape can also be powerful tools to control the energy needs of a building. While it’s not practical to reorient most homes, in many cases you can still make improvements by planting trees.
Urbio is a fascinating vertical garden system that’s minimalist, expandable, and affordable. It was designed by Volare Studio and Enlisted Design, who posted the system on Kickstarter to raise funds to bring the product to market. Urbio includes wall plates, wall mount pucks, and various pot sizes. It’s the perfect kind of system to liven up a wall while growing herbs, succulents, and other small plants.