If you fancy walls of greenery, flowers or even vegetables in your home, patio or backyard, Matt Clarke has a product for you.
Clarke, a 20-year-old entrepreneur, has launched a new business called RootPro Vertical Gardens.
Clarke uses a geotextile to create a planter that can be filled with soil and planting material and hung on a wall.
The geotextile is a fabric for landscaping that is used to prevent weed growth in gardens/under driveways, soil erosion.
The material is produced by Randall Manufacturing, a Thorndale company owned by his father.
“I have always had a strong passion in gardening and landscape so I was instantly drawn to vertical gardens as the future of urban gardening,” said Clarke.
The trend toward housing intensification mean more people want to garden in small spaces. Clarke’s product is designed for backyards, storefronts, condos and apartments where space for gardens is limited or unavailable.
The vertical gardens hang on fences and walls creating a green, and unique look.
Clarke did some research and found that geotextile is the best material to plant because it allows roots to grow through and allows easy access for excess water drainage promoting faster and healthier plant growth.
Clarke has so far been selling the RootPro Vertical Garden online (www.rootpro.ca) and at flea markets.
Clarke plans to expand by offering an indoor waterproof option, for home owners and businesses to decorate their walls and even grow vegetables and herbs.
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