Vertical Industry

        Oh, I love Whole Foods.
     Yes, it’s a bit pricey, and trendy, and hipster, but where else can you buy organic fruit (of which 5 cents per pound will go towards feeding a family of eighteen in Tanzania, or Texarkana, depending on your hemisphere, for a week- and their goat), find hair products that aren’t made with anything but soap (and thus do not actually wash your hair as much as strip it of what little natural lustre you have remaining), get a chair massage (at a dollar per minute- but it’s sooo worth it), drink some really (gag) crazy juice but look so cutting-edge while your doing it, choose whole trade flowers (wrapped in paper that falls apart between the door and your car), stand in briskly moving check-out lines (with people on food stamps purchasing sushi and Camembert cheese), nibble on whole grain cupcakes slathered with whole sugar frosting (but tinted with vegetable dyes- so that’s good), peruse cutting edge magazines (Mother Earth is still being published?), rub shoulders with a visiting celebrity (I’ve traded recipes with John Goodman, Ray Liotta and Cate Blanchett. Well, not really traded, more like stood by them while they where in the melon bin) and get an occasional great idea. 
     Oh, the Vertical industry of the modern global world!
     So evolved.
     So sensitive.
     So supportive… 

and they still use pallets.

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Seriously great idea!
Vertical garden using a wood pallet.
Clever.
The Display Artist at Whole Foods
added a chalk board
to the front.

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Each level is bottomed with an additional
piece of wood and then lined with heavy grade plastic.

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The back.
Simply turn it on it’s side, add a bottom to each length, line with plastic, and plant.
This is shown positioned on the floor attached to a larger foot board
(for balance)
but could easily be mounted to a wall.




  • Sue - The chalkboard makes me want it. I just would never have thought of this on my own. Thanks for showing me what’s possible.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - It really is clever, isn’t it? I’d love to see someone, other then a Whole Foods Display Artist set one up- and photograph. Sue- I’m talking to you girl.ReplyCancel

    • Sue - Here in Illinois when a portion of the new Superman movie (Man of Steel) was being filmed in the area, one of the stars, Russell Crowe was quite often seen at Whole Foods.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Of course he was. It’s where all of us Hollywood types shop.ReplyCancel

  • kblakecash - I am less than trusting of Whole Foods, ever since they were shown marketing produce as organically grown when it was not. My second wife was a master at knowing where to find what, her shopping trip would involve several markets, so I do the same with Whole Foods.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I suppose it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to be accurately displayed, or advertised, at all times, but over all, I think they do a pretty straight forward job. Do you remember when Walmart used to advertise MADE IN AMERICA ? Now THAT was a lie.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara Woods - I’ve never gone to a Whole Food before? Does this make me some type of genetic freak?ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Paige - i Ma obsessed with these! I plan on making one or two of these along with a few succulent vertical gardens this summer! fun fun, i missed your blogs but im back!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I think these would be FABU on your terrace! And I’m glad you’re up and running again xxxoooReplyCancel

  • Lauren Paige - also! i fixed my botton so that its not a giant any more!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Paige - I am obsessed with these! I plan on making one or two of these and one or two succulent vertical gardens to cover the ugly salmon color of the walls on the porch this summer!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - We’re getting a Whole Food in our area sometime next year. Due to the location- part of a giveaway the city handed over to a pack of developers- I’m not looking forward to it.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - William they’re really pleasant. The produce it excellent and the people are well trained and polite. It’s a bit expensive but give it a chance- you might be surprised- and we could all use a surprise or two- no?ReplyCancel

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