Inwood Gardeners Vertical Garden
A great community garden was start in Inwood, New York by a few assertive gardeners with Linda Gardener as the leader. The Hudson River Group developers gave them permission to start a vertical garden on their fence. They weren't as keen on a horizontal garden, but the vertical garden's space saving perk helped convince them to supply the space. It's a pilot project, but if all goes well Linda would like to see public buildings such as schools and libraries make space available on their rooftops for gardening.
Linda began the first batch of tomatoes and peppers for the wall on February 28th. The wall includes herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, ipomea, mandevilla and even a dwarf fig tree. Additional compost was added to some planters as well as some low-grade organic fertilizer.
All that needs to be done is to water regularly, fertilize and harvest. While very few of the plants can be claimed to be organic because they were bought in various locations, they use organic potting soil, compost, organic fertilizer and no pesticides. They have a rain barrel collecting water for the garden as well. Linda hand-made each of the pockets with felt, a sewing machine and bamboo.
Each Sunday a book exchange booth is opened from 4-6 with a herb giveaway. It's a great way to implement a community garden with little space. You can read more at Inwood Gardenders' blog.