Garden Photos: HGTV Green Home 2009

Saving space, increasing yields and conserving water were at the top of the list when planning the backyard gardening space of HGTV Green Home 2009.

  • A vertical garden provides a bounty of fruits and vegetables — namely strawberries, tomatoes, sweet Vidalia onions, bok choy and mesclun — during Florida's long growing season.

  • A drum composter is a quick, safe and attractive way to generate compost from organic materials – leaves, grass and garden trimmings, and organic kitchen waste. Material is placed in the drum, rotated daily to aerate contents.

  • A small solar collector powers the irrigation system that waters the vertical garden.

  • Strawberries, planted in coconut thatch, save gardening space and require less watering when stacked in vertical planters.

  • Vigorous and fast growing, bok choy adds an interesting visual element to the vertical garden area.

  • Sweet, ripe and juicy, vertically grown strawberries offer a daily harvest.

  • The drum composter features dual chambers; as one batch of organic material matures another batch can be dispensed. The fully enclosed chambers are constructed of rust-resistant galvanized steel.

  • Old whiskey barrels are repurposed as rain barrels that nourish plantings in the garden and landscape beds. Barrels are outfitted with brass spigots.

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