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Living Walls

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010

Using a new concept in container planting created by plant expert Miguel Nelson called "woolly pockets," walls both indoors and outdoors can be transformed into vertical gardens, or "living walls."

A beautiful way to show off plants, woolly pockets are composed of breathable felt made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles that have been industrially felted and a built-in moisture barrier that prevents damage to walls. Each pocket is stitched together by hand with a double-lock stitch and strong, UV-resistant nylon thread.

Living Wall Care

Each woolly pocket needs a different amount of water dependent on the type of plant it contains and the climate of its environment. As a rule of thumb, if the woolly pockets moisten on the outside after watering, you are watering too much; reduce by half. Any store-bought drip irrigation system will work as well. When it comes to soil, be sure you are using high-quality potting soil that stays loose and holds water.

Nearly any container plant should be able to grow in a woolly pocket, though you should be careful to select plants of a proper size -- the bigger the pocket, the bigger the plants it can hold.

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