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Edible Kitchen Wall

Kitchen Wall Planters

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Even a kitchen with no windowsills or spare surface space can have some fresh herbs, or even fruits and vegetables growing in it, thanks to innovations in vertical growing. It is a growing trend in horticulture, and can also be of financial benefit, saving you money on buying fresh produce. A vertical wall of food is practical, being easily at hand to use at its maximum freshness, as well as beautiful. And, if your kitchen doubles up as your dining area, what could be sweeter than eating in the fresh and fragrant atmosphere provided by the edible wall.

 

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Choosing a Container

The container options for wall gardens basically fall into the following categories:

  • Fixed structures that mount to the wall and can hold various pots
  • Actual pots and troughs that can be attached directly to the wall
  • More flexible, modular systems of material planting pockets

The only thing to consider is to ensure that the wall behind will be sufficiently protected from any water or damp (usually the product you buy will include this protection) and that both the wall and the fixings are strong enough to take the weight of the thoroughly watered, fully grown plant (or plants) and the compost.

 

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What to Plant

Leafy and trailing plants are best for covering containers and creating a green wall appearance, but if the containers are a feature, many culinary plants can be used.

Use annual and bushy herbs such as basil, parsley, thyme, mint, lemon balm, coriander, and chamomile. Shrubby upright herbs, such as rosemary and sage, will eventually outgrow small containers and won’t regrow new leaves quickly, but young plants can be used for a short time.

Also, worth considering are dwarf and tumbling tomatoes (those bred for growing in windowsill pots and hanging baskets), such as “Tumbling Tom Red” and “Hundreds and Thousands”.

Other edible favourites to try are dwarf cucumbers, cucamelons (grape-sized melons that grow on an attractive, scrambling vine and taste like cucumbers), strawberries, salad leaves, nasturtiums, radishes and spring onions.

Fabric planting pouches can bring greenery and fresh produce to the smallest of spaces.

If you have bought a ready-made planter, follow the instructions on the product. If you wish to give it a more personal feel, use a little DIY skill to mount the pockets or planters with a wooden frame surround. This can make an even more decorative feature (a piece of living art).

Paint your frame or pots to make them look more attractive in your kitchen. You may wish to paint them with blackboard paint to add plant labels (useful for identifying plants when you are cooking).

Any multipurpose compost can be used. Crops can be grown directly from seed in the wall or purchased as young plants.

 

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Maintenance

It is possible to add an automatic watering system, such as drip-line irrigation. This could be worth considering for large-scale wall plantings, as the small pockets of compost can dry out quickly. In most cases, however, hand watering is just as practical and cheaper.

 

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Basil

A staple of continental cookery. Sow seeds from spring to early summer for a regular supply. Seeds give the best range of varieties, but supermarket-bought potted plants can also be divided and replanted to provide a good crop. For pesto, grow “Genovese“, for Asian dishes “Siam Queen” and for ornamental plants “Purple Ruffles” and “African Blue“. For a more intense flavour and bushier plant, try Greek basil (O. minimum). Lemon basil (O. x citriodorum) is also an alternative worth trying.

Parsley

A biennial but best treated as annual because the leaves become coarser with age. Easily grown from seed or from potted-on supermarket plants. Sow seed from spring through summer. Parsley will take a cooler and shadier spot than most other herbs.

 

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Thyme

Thyme’s aromatic leaves have a wide range of uses. As with rosemary, regular snipping of the shoots will keep the plant compact, but it is best to replace every five years or so to prevent the lower stems from becoming woody and sprawling. When potting on, include some grit in the compost to aid drainage. Never allow to sit in wet compost. An alternative thyme plant to try growing is lemon thyme.

Mint

This is undoubtedly one of the most natural herbs to grow indoors and actually thrives when potted, becoming a vigorous plant in no time. The container should have adequate drainage, and a commercial potting mix, for healthy plant growth. The mint should be watered well and placed in indirect light, away from bright sunlight. It prefers a warmer temperature but can tolerate cooler nights. Mint enjoys humidity and will benefit from a thorough misting every few days, and should be turned regularly.

 

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Lemon Balm

This is an attractive plant to grow year round and has a fresh, lemony fragrance, with its leaves being ideal for adding to various drinks and cocktails. It will snowball, so start with a large container, which drains well, and add a good amount of potting soil. Lemon balm requires regular watering and enjoys a sunny position in the kitchen. Don’t allow flowers to form as they affect the flavour of the leaves, pinch them off on appearance.

Coriander

Widely used in many cuisines. Easily grown from seed. For fresh leaves, use bolt-resistant varieties such as “Leisure“. Seeds are easily produced by any stressed plant; alternatively, use the variety “Moroccan“, which has been developed for good seed production. Water well and give seedlings plenty of space to avoid bolting. Sow successively from spring for a regular supply of leaves and a good crop of seeds by the autumn.

 

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Rosemary

Rosemary’s aromatic leaves have a wide range of uses. Regular snipping of the shoots for the kitchen will keep the plant compact, though they are best replaced every five years or so to prevent the lower stems from becoming woody and sprawling. “Miss Jessop’s Upright” is a slightly more upright and compact form. When potting on, include some grit in the compost to aid drainage. Never allow to sit in wet compost.

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14 thoughts on “Kitchen Wall Planters”

  1. Okay, so I’ve found some plants for my office, and I’m reading this for at home! XD I do have a question – if the plants are in “pockets” – how do you keep them sufficiently watered without dripping all over the floor, or compost all over the floor? Are they lined with something? If they drip down to the pockets below, do you just plant so the ones at the bottom are less likely to need water? I have so many questions! I love fresh herbs when I’m cooking, and I would love to have an herb garden, but wall space is really my only option. Thank you!

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    • Hi – thank you for your questions. The commercially available plant pockets are generally made of absorbent felt, which takes up the excess moisture. All the best, Diane.

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  2. Sounds interesting, I think the edible kitchen wall is the best idea because growing the plants and vegetables that we use for cooking is the best method, it is more healthy and also increases the taste of the food. I really love this idea and I think I definitely need to make my own edible kitchen wall and grow my own plants and vegetables and use them for cooking. I hope this idea can make my kitchen look better and add beauty. 

    Thank you for sharing this useful information and I really love all your posts and keep on going, Good job.

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    • Hi – thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. There really is nothing better than the taste of your own home-grown food. All the best, Diane.

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  3. I’m so glad I found this article. I’m planning to start the keto diet again next week and I have been making an eating plan and thinking about how to make the food more interesting with some herbs and spices.

    I love the idea of creating an edible kitchen wall as I can think more about what I am eating by growing some of my own food as well as flavouring it with my own home-grown herbs. I’m really looking forward to getting started with this.

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    • Hi – thank you for visiting my site and leaving a comment. There really is nothing better than home-grown food. Good luck with your diet. All the best, Diane.

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  4. An edible kitchen wall! What will they come up with next?!! This is amazing we have an outdoor garden full of veggies. Since we are a little on the health nut side haha. Definitely going to give this a shot this weekend. We have a full unused wall about a 5-foot wide section we can use.

    my biggest 2 question is though are 1. Do you have an article for the how-to control bugs or pests? I’m concerned about insects coming inside. And 2. What is and where can I find out about the automatic watering system?

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    • Hi – thank you for the interest in this article. I hope you have success in creating your own edible kitchen wall. I will be writing new posts soon on controlling bugs and watering systems, so please keep reading. All the best, Diane

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing such an excellent article with us. Your article was interesting and informative. I have got a lot of information about An Edible Kitchen Wall. I love the idea of creating an edible kitchen wall because I can cook delicious dishes with my home and have grown vegetables as well as my homegrown vegetables. And I love to eat these foods and these are the foods I love the most. I enjoyed reading your article and found valuable information. I will share your article with my friends so that my friends can benefit from reading your article. I have bookmarked your website so that I can come back to your website later. Thank you again for giving such a beautiful post.

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  6. Many thanks to you for sharing such a wonderful article with us and I am really happy to receive your article. The plants and vegetables we use for cooking is the best method and therefore the edible kitchen wall seems to be the best idea. It is healthy and enhances the taste of food. I would certainly appreciate your thoughts and I think I will make my own edible kitchen wall and use them to grow plants and vegetables.

    Lastly, I hope that the beauty of my cooking room will be enhanced and environmentally friendly. I will do it very soon and will definitely share my new experience with you.

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    • Hi – thank you for reading my article and leaving a comment. I am pleased you enjoyed it and that you plan on making your own edible kitchen wall. All the best, Diane 

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  7. Okey, this is a very whole new to me but its very informative and interesting read, my only concern ( unless I missed a point) is how to deal with insects that may infect the plants and start spreading all over the house.

    However, there is no better living than eating directly from the source ( if well managed) its an idea I will be sharing with my mom and am sure she will be all in.

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    • Hi – thank for reading my article and leaving a comment. I am pleased you found it informative. Early detection can help you deal with any insects such as aphids, as they can be simply washed away. All the best, Diane

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