When it comes to growing inside, space is key. And that’s why growing vertically can make so much sense. I mean, who really wants to cover their whole floor with veggies if you can start growing them vertically. Sounds funny… but it can work. 🙂
And here’s what very well could be the next best thing. Make your own vertical garden pyramid. It has a very small footprint with a LOT of growing space. Plus you can put it on wheels and move it around to catch the sun.
This great concept comes from Remove and Replace and you can click here for the full set of instructions on how to build your own.
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BevJanuary 19, 2014
Looks great! I would definitely need a tiny owl overseer in mine, too!
PaulJanuary 19, 2014
Ha! I never even noticed the little guy until you mentioned him… 🙂
DanielNovember 1, 2014
What a wonderful idea, im so going to do this in my backyard.
GuilermoNovember 28, 2014
Amazing, why didn’t i think about it before, thanks a lot
RashaqahDecember 26, 2014
Looks amazing, thanks for the tip
TechJanuary 5, 2015
Amazing ideas, thanks for the tips
JeroldMarch 27, 2015
That’s truly awesome Paul. I live in Dubai and I am a baby farmer who has just started with growing Microgreens indoor. I live in the 13th floor and I do not have a balcony. It has been my dream to grow my own food and began to grow microgreens. That’s when a good friend mine named Boas introduced me to your site. I am very much impressed with your work Paul. I am glad to learn it from you. Please advice me more on growing my food indoor. I also conduct church programs on healthy living in Dubai for which your advice would be more helpful. God bless!
PaulMarch 27, 2015
That is so great! You might not believe it… but I actually grew up in the middle east. My dad was doing development work in Yemen for 6 years. I love it.
And good for you for starting with the microgreens! Keep it up. That’s definitely a good place to start. I hear that greens are good for growing inside where you have less sunlight – so lettuce, kale, and such may be good to try. I’m glad you’ve signed up for the small space garden training videos. I’ll look forward to sharing more with you there.
Also, I’m so glad to hear about your involvement with health programs in your church. Have you heard of the CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program)? It is an excellent health program that we have done at our church. My grandfather actually knows the doctor who started it. Anyway… feel free to email me any time. It would be neat to see gardening included in a church health program.
Keep up the good work and God bless!
JeroldMarch 31, 2015
I am so happy to receive your reply. It is more inspiring to know that you grew up in the middle east and then moved on to create your own farm. My dream is just the same. I am more excited as I can learn more from you. I am looking forward to move into country living. In fact, a couple of weeks back I traveled to India which is my native country, to check for the possibilities to start my own farm. This world of farming is totally new to me. But I have the strong conviction to go for it. So I want people like you to help me with your advice.
I am basically a physical therapist working in Dubai. But I am more interested in treating my patients through the natural remedies and teaching them the NEWSTART. Setting up a small Natural healing center in India is one of my dreams. I am taking the guidance of experienced people. I would love to hear from you as well.
I have heard about CHIP. But not much in detail. I checked their web page and it sounds great. I will try to introduce that to my health department of my church. We are trying to get more people involved in the health programs as most of them aren’t so much interested neither in health messages nor in farming.
Keep in touch Paul. God bless!
JonnieNovember 26, 2015
This is just what I need. I have looked through quite a few of your ideas, now I am putting my son to work, building these. I want to try them all to see which designs work the best for my small patio, and indoor, as well. It’s gonna be fun !!!
PaulNovember 30, 2015
That’s so great Jonnie! Keep me posted on how it comes. I’d love to hear!
Shari GonyeaDecember 2, 2016
Hi Paul – you have been so blessed with the gift of farming indoors and out! My dad was a pastor and he loved gardening! Different church members would give him some garden space and he would have two or theee gardens growing in different places! Then he would share his produce with the members:)
But I didn’t get that gift! Have a question on the indoor pyramid! If it’s indoors how do you water it without getting water and soil everywhere?
PaulDecember 2, 2016
I’ll have to be honest that we’ve mostly grown food outside – but I’ve started doing more inside and want to get better at it. I haven’t personally made one of these pyramids but thought it was a great idea to share with everyone!
Here’s what I would do about the water. I’d make sure to have a pan of some kind underneath the pyramid to catch extra water. Since the pyramid is on wheels you could have a pan that slides underneath it. Otherwise the soil should mostly stay in place. Watering it shouldn’t make the soil come out.
Hope this helps!
JohnMarch 8, 2017
What a great idea. You ought to submit this on the Instructables website. Two thoughts.
I live in Ohio on the north coast of the great swamp Erie. I would build this for my outside porch and wheel it into the barn during winter. In lieu of using gravel or small rocks for drainage I use the surplus styrofoam packing chips. They weigh less, perform the same function and allow you to repurpose them without adding to land fill. The lower, central core could be an internal pyramid of these chips allowing excessive water to drain, lest the bottom levels resemble a swamp.
Regarding irrigation: in order to keep things simple you could purchase a porous soaker hose and wind it through the structure as you add each successive layer. Keep the hose about 2″ or 5cm from the outer edge. An alternative would be to attach a length of regular garden hose to the center post with the male receptacle at the top. Screw on a perforated sprinkler head at the top and connect the lower hose to a pressurized water source.
One last thought, in my hanging gardens I usually plant Marigolds on the bottom layer. Most herbivores do not like marigolds and tend to stay away. It is a bit of subterfuge that I use in my vegetable gardens. Great for pollinators too.
Again, sincere thanks.
PaulMarch 8, 2017
Great ideas John! Thanks for sharing!
FrankAugust 19, 2021
Nice idea about planting. A vertical garden pyramid is on my list to do with my gardening journey. Hope to see more gardening ideas from you. Thank you for sharing.
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