Gardens Grow Up(ward) for Growing-Up Kids
Woolly Pockets, created by vertical-garden expert Miguel Nelson, are eco-friendly works of garden engineering that “pocket” plants – everything from succulents to houseplants to fruits (even watermelons) – to hang off a wall or sit in a freestanding container. The simple system can work indoors or out and takes all of five minutes to install. Wally, the wall-hanging device, makes vertical gardening a cinch, as well as conserves water – a built-in moisture barrier maintains a small reservoir for roots.
Recently, the company started working with schools across the country through the Woolly School Garden Program (they’ve already placed more than 200 edible gardens), to provide tools and education about sustainable, local, organic gardening. The program connects kids with local farmers so that youngsters can learn about planting native species and using waste to make compost. Some schools have even started selling their produce at local farmers’ markets.