Fall Gardening in a Greenstalk Vertical Planter

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I had a ton of questions in my DMs about my fall GreenStalk venture. So it seemed fitting that I add a blog that touches on some the conversations I’ve had on Instagram. 

Over the years–especially in my grad school days when I lived in a townhome with a tiny yard–I have grown a wide variety of veggies in containers.

However, my era of Home Depot buckets and other makeshift flowerpots have transitioned into a new phase of life where I want my garden to not just be functional, but also beautiful.

Enter the Greenstalk!

The GreenStalk Vertical Planter is aesthetically and functionally designed to maximize growing space in a vertical arrangement. It is particularly popular for gardeners with limited gardening space or those looking to efficiently organize their garden. The planter consists of tiered stacking pots that allow you to grow multiple plants in a compact footprint.

Watch me prep my fall Greenstalk

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Here’s what you need to know about the Greenstalk:

  1. Vertical Design: The planter’s tiered structure allows you to stack pots on top of each other, utilizing vertical space and creating a compact garden.
  2. Modular System: The system is modular, meaning you can add or remove tiers depending on your gardening needs. This gives you flexibility in terms of the number of plants you want to grow.
  3. Watering System: The GreenStalk planter employs a unique watering system where water is poured into the top tier, and it gradually trickles down through each tier, ensuring even watering for all plants.
  4. Space Efficiency: With its small footprint, the planter is suitable for balconies, patios, small yards, or even indoor gardening.
  5. Various Planting Pockets: Each tier of the planter has multiple planting pockets, allowing you to grow a variety of plants in a single unit.
  6. Drainage: The planter is designed with proper drainage to prevent waterlogging, and excess water drains out from the bottom tiers.
  7. Easy Assembly: The planter is easy to assemble, and no special tools are usually required.
  8. Suitable for Different Plants: You can use the GreenStalk planter to grow a wide range of plants, including vegetables, herbs, flowers, and even some small fruits.
  9. Note: I am have the terracotta planters. However, at the time of writing this they are discontinued. Other colors pretty colors are available, and they switch up and add in new color choices here and there.

What to Plant in Your Fall Greenstalk Garden

In my current Greenstalk, I’ve already planted a variety of peas, rainbow carrots, French breakfast radishes, and rainbow beets. Next week, when the weather (hopefully) cools off, I plan on adding a second five-tier planter and direct sow kale, various lettuces, and cilantro. 

Though these are a great start, there are plenty more fall veggies you can grow:

  1. Leafy Greens: Fall is perfect for growing leafy greens like lettuce, spinach, kale, arugula, and Swiss ch
  2. Broccoli and Cauliflower: These cold-weather vegetables can also be grown in a GreenStalk. They require some space, so make sure your planter has enough room for them to develop.
  3. Cabbage: Cabbage varieties like Napa cabbage and regular green cabbage are suitable for fall planting. They can be a bit bulky, so ensure your GreenStalk has enough support for their growth.
  4. Brussels Sprouts: I’ve heard mixed reviews about how well Brussels work in Greenstalks. So I’m opting to put Brussels in my raised bed this fall. However, according to some folks, these unique vegetables can be grown vertically in a Greenstalk. They require a longer growing season, so make sure to plant them early enough in the fall.
  5. Peas: Some varieties of peas can thrive in cooler weather. You might need to provide some support for the plants to climb as they grow.
  6. Garlic: Fall is the time to plant garlic for a harvest the following summer. You’ll want to provide enough depth for the garlic bulbs to develop beneath the soil.
  7. Flowers: To add visual appeal and attract pollinators, you can also plant fall-blooming flowers like pansies, violas, and chrysanthemums.
  8. ard. These crops generally prefer cooler temperatures and can do well in a GreenStalk.
  9. Root Vegetables: Root crops like radishes, carrots, and beets can be planted in the fall. They can develop nicely in the tiered planters as long as the containers are deep enough to accommodate their root growth. I am using the five-tier original planter for my root veggies.
  10. Herbs: Many herbs thrive in cooler weather. Consider planting herbs like parsley, cilantro, chives, and dill. These can be great additions to your fall garden and can be easily incorporated into your cooking. If you are in a hot climate like I am, you can find slow-bolt varieties of many herbs. I can’t find the specific seeds that I am using, but here is a comparable slow bolting cilantro.
  11. Remember that the specific plants you can grow will depend on your climate zone, the specific variety of GreenStalk you have, and the available space and sunlight. Be sure to check the recommended planting guidelines for each plant and adjust your GreenStalk accordingly. Additionally, be mindful of the changing weather conditions in the fall and provide protection if needed to ensure your plants thrive.

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