Green Graffiti with EYA

Kristi­na Parusel from the Envi­ron­men­tal Youth Alliance met with me on Fri­day to help build  a small-scale liv­ing wall at the Bulk­head.  The liv­ing walls are part of the EYA Green Graf­fi­ti pro­gram which takes urban agri­cul­ture ver­ti­cal.  Using an alu­minum unit that con­tains 24, 6″ x 6″ cubes, fruit, veg­eta­bles and herbs can be grown.  I was sur­prised when Kristi­na told me that they’ve suc­cess­ful­ly grown toma­toes, beets and cab­bages in these small 6″ x 6″ cubes.










Typ­i­cal­ly the units would be start­ed hor­i­zon­tal­ly and then installed. Kristi­na and I decid­ed to impro­vise as the sea­son is grow­ing short.  We trans­plant­ed 48 straw­ber­ry plants and seed­ed some win­ter crops includ­ing radish­es, beets and kale.










The units have slots that allow for irri­ga­tions tub­ing to keep the plants moist, how­ev­er, we have to hand water at the Lab so we kept it to a man­age­able num­ber of units that could main­tained with­out irri­ga­tion.  These units were mount­ed on to two pal­lets — bring­ing togeth­er the resources of the Grow site with those of EYA.










So far our small scale liv­ing wall is doing well.











The Russ­ian Kale is thriv­ing and the radish­es are tak­ing shape.



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