We first saw this *amazing* idea for a vertical urban garden on treehugger.com about a month ago, and we've been thinking about it ever since. It's absolute genius!
The cool upcycled urban garden shown was made for a poor family of three living in outer São Paulo, Brazil, by design studio Rosenbaum, which collaborates with the TV show Caldeirao do Huck in a segment called Lar doce lar (Home Sweet Home).
The HGTV-style show's goal is to improve the lives and self-esteem of families in need by redesigning their homes for better functionality. The home featured in the segment belongs to a mother and her two daughters, who survive on an income of 200 reais a month (the equivalent of $130 U.S. dollars) and share one bedroom.
The design firm was not originally intending to add an urban farm as part of the redesign, but the eco-conscious ladies were already growing their own food in small containers and reusable food packaging, so they instead decided to build upon this idea. Due to the PET bottles' small room for growth, the firm chose to add smaller veggies that don't require much space to grow, as well as a variety of herbs and spices.
To learn more about how the firm put together this cool vertical urban garden, check out their full tutorial on cutting and hanging the bottles. Rosenbaum also features images of the entire redesign — including the kitchen, living room, and bedroom — on their website. If you love the vertical garden as much as we do, we promise that you will absolutely love seeing the rest of this home's modern design upgrades!