Your Walls and Roof Can Be Living Green (3 videos)
Weíve shown you farms and vegetables gardens on the flat roofs of commercial buildings. Perhaps youíve thought ďif I ever build a new house Iíll look into it.Ē
You donít have to wait that long. You can put plants all over an upright wall, this is known as a vertical living wall garden. One idea is below and a second is on page 2. You can use any wall that gets sun; even the wall of a balcony on the 9th floor of your apartment building.
If you feel more ambitious, the residential green roof on page 3 will make your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Build a Very Simple Vertical Living Wall Garden
This video shows you a very simple way to construct a green wall. All you need is a plastic unit that you buy, into which you pop lightweight soil and plants. There are a number of different units on the market; check out your local plant store or search online.
Watch this video and see how easy it is. The video shows ornamental plants, but you can also grow vegetables on this vertical garden.
The living green wall on page 2 is more of a DIY project.
Photo credit: spaceamoeba
DIY Wall Gardening
If you are more of a DIYer, you might build a unit like this one demonstrated by Dr. Sue Hamilton of the University of Tennessee Extension Service. Indoors you can use house plants to purify the air. Outdoors you can grow vegetables, save on water, and provide insulation for your house. Watch. Itís easy.
On page 3 see how to green any moderately sloping roof, making your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Photo credit: jingdianjiaju
How to Turn Your Roof into a Green Roof
This video shows you how to add a planting bed to your roof, featuring a shed of the New England Wild Flower Society. You’ll need to have a strong moisture barrier, use lightweight materials for your soil, and have the right plants.
On this green roof they planted Northeastern plants on the sunny side, and Southeastern plants on the shady side. These are all plants that are used to dry and exposed conditions. The plants were watered once when they were planted, and haven’t been watered since. Looks doable, donít you think?
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