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INHABITAT: Some urbanites might be intimidated by the perceived cost of installing a vertical garden. Is it usually pricey or are there affordable options?

SRO: It really depends on the size, scope and scale of what you'd like to do. You can do a small DIY box vertical garden if you want for probably $40. My dad and I just installed a mason jar herb garden on the kitchen wall for about that price. Or you can do something for tens of thousands of dollars. Or you can find something in the middle range. My own wall, which has 80 plants and subirrigation system, was an investment - but not expensive, especially for what it brings to my mood and the space; forgoing the watering system and opting for hand-watering would make it even more affordable. I've had a number of people in my space since and my friend Ron has decided to do one for his home, which is lovely that it can inspire people to bring more plants into their lives.

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  1. Judy MacDonnell February 28, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    During the day you’d be getting more oxygen from the plants. But best not to have plants in your bedroom overnight – they respire too, which means they are using your oxygen, while not producing oxygen during hours of darkness.

  2. legalegl March 17, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I hate to say it, but with so much humidity in the air there is likely to be damage to the structure.