Well chances are you do have the space, you just need to think vertically. Grab a drill and some empty soda bottles because I'm going to show you how to build your very own vertical window garden.
I am a graduate from the Valencia Horticulture program, prior to that I welded and served as a mechanic for many years. My keen sense for tinkering and love for plants drives me to build sustainable, and affordable constructs that the everyday person can benefit from.
Welcome to the guide enjoy
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Other variables to consider are, keeping it out of reach from animals and children. Although these fixtures are sturdy, they by no means are baby or puppy proof.
Once your area has been selected now we may begin gathering our materials.
Step 2: Gather Your Materials
1). Empty 2L bottles
2). 1/8 drill bit
3). 1 1/8 drill bit
4). Box cutter
5). Power drill
6). Fine scissors
7). Mounting brackets (optional)
8). Piece of cardboard.
Step 3: Laying the Ground Work
Place your cardboard over the empty 2L bottle, with your opposite hand trace around the piece. Once completed your bottle should look like the second picture.
Please note that the size of the opening is totally up to you, with respect to the rigidity of the bottles themselves, as cutting a large hole will compromise the integrity of the bottle.
Step 4: Getting Some Air
With caution cut to the farthest edge of your square. Repeat for all four sides. Gently pull back on the plastic and complete your cut across. In the end you should be left with a clean and uniform opening on your 2L bottle.
Repeat for the opposite side. Please take caution if you decide to use a box cutter for this step, remember to cut away from your body and, keep hands free and clear from the trajectory path of the blade.
Step 5: Making Holes
Once your bottom hole is drilled take your bottle cap and 1/8 bit, drill a small hole through the center of the cap. This will allow the water to drain from chamber to chamber via gravity.
Please note when using the 1 1/8 bit, this bit is made for drilling holes in wood not plastic bottles. Keep a tight grip on the bottle and use common sense if it looks unsafe then it probably is.
Step 6: The Hardest Part Is Behind Us Now
Now take the pre-drilled bottle cap and screw it on the bottle securing them to one another. This acts as a bulk-head and keeps the bottles locked in place. The third picture is what your final assembly should look like.
Please note, after drilling the bottom hole, sometimes some plastic residue may stay near the opening and will not allow the bottle to pass through. A nail file or pliers can clean up the opening to allow passage.
Step 7: A Little Support
You can pick up some mounting brackets similar to the ones I used at any big box store. The brackets here came from a mounting kit designed to mount flourecent light fixtures.
I used annealed aluminum wire to anchor my vertical garden to the bracket, but in reality you can use anything. Fishing line is also a great alternative, though I wouldn't go with anything under 40lb test line.
Step 8: Catch Can
There are three main reasons why this is a great idea and I recommend it.
1). You can accurately check the PH of your soil and nutrient content from the water leeched into the bottle.
2). You reduce waste water and can reuse it until it becomes over saturated with salts.
3). It adds a base to your garden and makes it more rigid.