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Container and Vertical Gardening from Job S. Ebenezer

Another kind of vertical garden

Technology for the Poor
Job S. Ebenezer, President
Prepared by John Otting

“This garden uses discarded wooden pallets to make an “A” frame structure which can stand alone. There are 7 shelves on it and each shelf can hold three containers. Therefore, one “A” frame garden can have 21 containers in a 5’x5′ area. I use three to four discarded grocery bags to make these containers. Apartment dwellers with small spaces can very easily set up a vertical garden like the one described. If you find it worthwhile, please post it on your site.” Job S. Ebenezer

The benefits of container gardening are manifold. Container Gardening at its simplest allows one to create a suitable space to garden in an area that would otherwise not be able to support plant growth. The largest constraint to what can be used as a container is mainly how well whatever the material of the container deals with the prolonged affects of the elements. Keeping that in mind what follows are some of the containers known to be useable so far.

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1 Danny Loiselle { 02.13.11 at 8:32 pm }

Absolutely brilliant. I’m going to use some of these techniques at the community garden this Spring at part of a demonstration garden for the community kitchen.

2 Karen { 02.14.11 at 11:34 am }

This is a great idea, and a really handy tip. Will have to try it out.
Thanks for sharing!

3 Aaron { 02.27.11 at 12:28 pm }

Great article! For more information Dr. Ebenezer’s work in urban agriculture and simple, sustainable technologies, please visit and check out the Facebook group Technology for the Poor. Lots of links and photos about this important work.

4 donald eslick { 04.03.11 at 6:03 pm }

awesome article. Being that I have my urban farm on 1/3 acre I have to get pretty creative myself! check out my latest post on vertical gardening.

5 John. JRP. { 06.04.11 at 3:35 pm }

Hi Job, I hope you and yours are all well, and it’s nice to see alot more people showing their interest in growing things in waste plastic containers now your helping to spread word in your own way, after me doing it as you know for so many years in the UK. I’m now trying to get SWAC set up which you might also like to get set up in the USA too. All the best John. JRP (recycling) also

6 John. JRP. { 06.05.11 at 4:27 am }

Hi All again, I’m sorry, for those who don’t know me my website is designed to help feed millions of people for next to nothing, using my 3Rs Plastic Container Gardening ideas in a drought or flood situation, to maybe one day become part of Governments World Aid programme, only time will tell if I’m wasting my time or not as a designer and inventor in my spare time.. May you and yours and what you grow live long and happy.