Avant garde-ning in San Francisco

August 23, 2012 | By | Comments (3)

Photograph by Brian Whitney

Postage stamp-sized lots mean San Franciscans learn how to garden creatively.

Or in this case, really creatively.

A Pacific Heights homeowner makes the most of limited space by gardening vertically. Cool, right?

But that’s not really enough to stand out in this city where anyone who’s anyone already has a living wall.

So this homeowner took it a step further–way further–with a giant fishbowl! Ok, follow me here: The excess water from the vertical garden drains into a big, clear koi tank, which is then recycled (using the fish poop as fertilizer) back into the hanging garden. Way to make the most of a small space, people!  (Oh, and sorry about totally creeping around your front yard.)

(Aquaponic set up from Inka Biospheric Systems)


  1. Daniel

    Really it was great idea on doing the hanging garden and fish poop as fertilizer. You had done a great job. It was very different from other gardening. Thanks for the post.

    August 27, 2012 at 12:05 am
  2. Topol

    How long has this system been set up? I ask because the conditions for the goldfish are horrible. That tank will experience massive fluctuations in temperature through the day and night, which the fish is not equipped to handle.

    Also, what minerals, fertilizers, etc. are leached into the fish tank along with the water?

    August 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm
    • Aislyn Greene

      Hi Topol, thanks for the comment. For more information about the system, we recommend you reach out to Inka Biospheric System, the pros who created the garden.

      August 24, 2012 at 8:13 am

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