The "living wall" is up!!!
So this is the result of our newest project; a "Living Wall" that is a feast for pollinators! I picked hearty sedums such as "Blue Spruce" &"Angelic", as well as "Primula" and "Creeping Jenny" for the drapey effect. I am so happy with the result. It looks like a tapestry!
Here are a few of the benefits of Living Walls in the outdoor application.
- They reduce Urban Heat Island effect, and improve air quality..
- They help in preventing excessive stormwater run-off.
- They create opportunity for bio-diversity.
- When installed on the exterior of a building, they conserve energy year-round by insulation the building envelope.
- Living walls are sustainable due to their design.
- They have great intangible benefits such as heath, fresh food and education.
- They are beautiful and take up very little space!
I know a lot of other bloggers are speaking of soil & mulch, but I'd like to make a few of my own comments.
I find organic gardening to be quite simple. I use lots of good soil and add bone meal at planting. When making a new garden bed, I find that if I put 3-4 inches of soil over the existing grass or weeds, there is no need to dig it out as the soil + mulch just smothers what is beneath; as it decomposes it feeds my plants.
I water well before I mulch. With mulch, I find the perennial/tree/shrub beds rarely need water as the mulch protects the soil surface therefore retaining moisture. Weeding is cut down by 90% as the weed seeds that blow in cannot get enough light to germinate. As well, the bottom layer of mulch is constantly decomposing to create food for the plants. With a healthy cycle such as this, I do not worry about pest and disease as the plants are healthy and can easily withstand such plights. Of course you have to have the right plants in the right spots as well!!! Veg gardens are a different story, and you do need to water a bit more and take more effort in protecting your crop, but I am so happy to see others mulching their veg gardens. I have always done this and had great success even though it is not a common practice.
Video to come soon!