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My Woolly Pocket wall garden

As a cook, I love having fresh, organic ingredients to cook with. For some time now, I have wanted to grow my own herbs and veggies. While I have a successful pot of herbs or two, I have not been able to figure out how to fit a little garden into my small and mostly shady back yard.


The sunniest place in my yard is my back fence. I recently had an area next to the fence built out with tiered railroad ties to create a couple narrow raised planting beds. I was able to create a few feet of planting space, with some sun, but not nearly enough sunny space to plant all the herbs, lettuce and tomatoes I was dreaming of. Then I discovered The Woolly Pocket.

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Two types of Woolly Pockets

The original version of the Woolly Pocket is literally made out of wool and is basically a planting sack that hangs on the wall. These Woolly Pockets look beautiful filled with succulents and tropicals, but I was concerned there really would not be enough room to plant much in the way of vegetables.


Recently, the company introduced a new product, called the Living Wall Planter. It is a non-BPA plastic planter that hangs on the wall and is self-watering. They are a little roomier than the fabric Woolly Pockets and can be linked to a drip watering system. I lined up a dozen of these planting baskets on the sunniest part of my fence and loaded them with herbs, lettuce, strawberries and a couple miniature tomatoes. It’s only been a couple weeks and my first strawberries are looking gorgeous!

 Why I like Woolly Pockets

  • They allow me to create vertical gardening space in the sunniest part of my yard.
  • I can grow my own herbs instead of paying high prices for wilted herbs in the grocery store.
  • I can plant a lot of things that most grocery stores do not carry: sorrel, chervil, and multiple types of basil and thyme.
  • I have a steady supply of the workhorse herbs I cook with everyday: parsley, cilantro, chives, basil and mint.
  • I have a mixed crop of lettuce growing, including spinach, lacinato kale, radicchio and multi-colored Romaine.
  • I have great hope for my miniature tomatoes.
  • Picking my first strawberry was a joy!

First strawberries harvested from my Woolly Pockets!

Lemon thyme, French thyme & oregano Woolly Pocket

How do you solve your small shady yard problem?


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