Vertical Garden Inspirations

Vertical Garden

When you don’t have a lot of space for a garden, you can still build up rather than out. Vertical gardens and living walls can be practical and decorative.

You may have noticed that we’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately. One of my favorite boards is Edible Gardening. I find the walls of green very intriguing, so I’ve been following the pins back to their sources. I want to share the resources I’ve been finding on vertical gardening.

A Collection of Vertical Gardening Tips
This is a nice introduction, with a few informational resources. The greatest part of this post is the photo of a vegetable wall garden. Look at the wall of green with tomatoes and squash hanging off of it. That is a beautiful vegetable garden.

DIY Project Instructions
Use a pallet to create a quick garden to mount on the wall. Lots of photos.

Raised Bed Kit
This raised bed stacks vertically to give all of the plants plenty of light. This is a kit, but you might be able to use the photo to inspire your own garden.

Indoor Living Walls
These fabric planters are made from recycled plastic bottles. Be sure to look through all of their gallery of vertical garden photos.

Amazing Living Walls
The most amazing vertical gardens are whole walls of buildings, inside and out, created by botanist Patrick Blanc. His own website is difficult to navigate, but this article on his work has several awe inspiring photos.

If you wonder whether you can do it, you can! Start inside or outside; start with a pallet or a pocket; just start. With a living wall, you can create a beautiful environment for your family despise having little space for a garden.

Image © Valeria Sangiovanni | Dreamstime.com

Contest: Pin to Inspire

Pinterest Inspirations

We’ve been having so much fun pinning our ParentbyNature inspirations on Pinterest that we want to invite you to pin with us. We’ve created a contest to encourage you to join in the fun.

The contest is easy. You make a Pinterest board and call it “Inspiring Change.” We have a list of 20 things your board needs to include, such as a nature-inspired children’s bedroom, a small vegetable garden, and your favourite reusable item. Once your board is ready and you’ve added the #ByNature.ca #Pin2Inspire hashtags, submit your entry before Saturday, March 31st.

The winning board will be selected based on: uniqueness, creativity, and content. Pins that inspire conversations will stand out. Winner will receive a $100 Gift Card to use at bynature.ca.

Are you ready? Pinterest is a service by invitation. Request an invitation from any user or from Pinterest directly. Or, pop over the the Parent by Nature Facebook group and let us know that you need an invitation.

Most of all, have fun with this. We’ve seen so many inspirational images on Pinterest. Let that creative energy flow through your board and let’s inspire change together.

See full contest rules and details at bynature.ca.

Communicate to Inspire Change

Last week I wrote about teaching children about eco-friendly living and about how to share your life changes with those around you. I want to share with you one of the people who has been trying to help those concerned with sustainability to inspire change: John Marshall Roberts, a behavioral psychologist who applies science to communications that create change.

For the most part, he’s talking to the nonprofit leaders and marketers, but I think his ideas will help you see how to inspire people around you to make their own changes. In the video above, he explains a very basic distinction that will help you to be a persuasive communicator.

If you find this idea helpful, check out some of his more polished videos on inspiring sustainability in skeptics (6:18) and the history of human thinking (6:04, a beautiful video). Both videos practice the kind of communications that inspire change.