When You Can’t Garden Outdoors Anymore, Grow Vertically Indoors

by Fern on October 18, 2010

in Indoor Gardening,Popular,Product Review

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I’ve had a Wally One from Woolly Pocket laying around for awhile, waiting to be tried out. I had originally planned to order some indoor plants to review as well, but when that didn’t work out, and my one and only indoor plant died, I knew it was time to put up my Wally and give it a whirl.

It was really simple to install and plant, I finished the whole project in less than an hour. And I’m really happy with the results. One thing that I hadn’t considered–but is a nice side benefit–the Wally keeps my plants away from my four cats who really enjoy taste-testing plants.

Here’s how easy it is to install a Wally:

You have two screws and two anchors. The anchors are really heavy duty and they help hold the screw solidly in place, which in turn helps keep the Wally securely on the wall.

Carefully measure everything out and the screw the first anchor into the wall. Place the grommet on the Wally over the anchor and screw it in place.

Use a level to make sure your Wally is straight (I used an app on my iPhone) and then mark where the other anchor needs to be screwed into the wall. Repeat the step above to screw the other side of the Wally in place.

The next thing to do is plant the Wally. Be sure to pay attention to which side is the plants’ good side, and which is their not-so-good side. The same fern plant is show in both photos, but the top photo shows the side that was a little banged up, so I placed that side against the wall and no one (except me and you) has to know about it.

Also, because your plants will be so close together, I suggest picking plants that have different colors, textures, sizes, etc. In my Wally, I planted a colorful croton with twisted foliages, a green and yellow pothos that will trail over the side, one finely cut fern with light green fronds, and another with broader, darker leaves.

I always like to plant largest plant to smallest plant, because I think it’s easier to squeeze smaller plants in last. The flexibility of the Wally combined with the fact that it was already attached to the wall actually made planting it really easy. The planting was so easy and fast, I forgot to take step-by-step photos. Oops.

I’m really looking forward to the yellow-flecked pothos growing in and trailing down the side of the plant. I’ll just have to be sure to keep it trimmed, as they are poisonous to cats.

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