Growing food on a vertical plane, Skyfarming, rather than on the horizontal usually would be reserved for the sci-fi theatre where the gardeners ride around in jet-packs in order to tend to their plants. But there is a food garden being built that is 9 meters tall for UK’s top garden show, the Chelsea Flower Show.
One steel wall of the garden structure is all plants while the other is entirely solar panels. The water pumps that push the water from boreholes through the hydroponic system are powered by the panels. There are stairs inside the tower along with a compost chute and an area for propagation.
There are large window boxes on the wall that are for plants that include peppers, tomatoes and nasturtiums. Next to the boxes along the wall there is a wall of herbs that include chamomile, oregano and thyme. These gardens the designer said are not about putting them in the middle of the city but it is about how Chelsea is about ideas that are larger than life.
Everything within the garden is edible even the vertically trimmed lime trees have leaves that can be made into tea while the mulberry has a crunchy beery. There is an insect hotel to help with the natural wonders of insects that were made by children including one that made beds for earwigs. What is serious about the entire project is for people to establish ecology in their own gardens.