In order to capitalize on the extended AZ growing season I’m planning a garden expansion. Good times!
The problem that I have in the winter is light. The backyard faces north and so light is limited, especially in December. What I am thinking is adding two wooden, wall mounted, vertical gardens. They would be three layers high, about 10” x 10” x 8’, with 12” of space between the levels. Forgive the rudimentary drawing but I’m envisioning something like this:
I’ve been thinking leeks, onions, kale, peas, and garlic.
There would be two units (so six total layers) that would mount to the back wall of my yard, which gets sun the whole winter. I liked the idea because the sun would warm the block wall which would keep the plants a little warmer at night as well and help with any light frosts.
Along with these I am planning four raised beds on the part of the yard that is NOT under our big metal play set. I’ve consulted with the kids on this and they are on board. They are also of the understanding that eventually the whole yard will be garden. Smart kids. These will get sun MOST of the winter and from my experience the plants kind of “pause” until the sun comes back.
I’m not the greatest builder/DIY guy on the planet, so any thoughts or comments (especially on the vertical units) would be appreciated.
Now I just have to figure out how to get the cost down. I’m really kind of limited for compost options in my part of the valley, and this is quite a bit of wood. Hmmm…