What is Vertical Gardening?
…As we know, plants are living things. They grow toward the light, they bloom and they bear fruit. They also (in their own ways) make our lives nicer by providing fresh food, flowers and greenery in our gardens.
But what happens when you have a small garden? Or even no garden at all?
You can make a vertical garden out of anything! A pot, an old window frame or even a plastic bucket will do! You can get creative and let your imagination run wild. You’re only limited by your imagination!
There are many benefits of vertical gardening. With vertical gardening you can grow more plants in less space because you’re using up less area horizontally. It saves on water usage as well since it doesn’t need as much water…
Types of Vertical Gardens
There are many different types of vertical gardens, each with its own unique aesthetic and benefits. As you learn more about this enchanting method of gardening, you’ll find that vertical gardening is versatile and can be as elaborate or simple as you desire. Here’s a list of some of the most common types:
- Wall gardens
- Trellis gardens
- Gutter gardens
- Pyramid gardens
- Window box gardens
- Vertical living walls
- Vertical hydroponic gardens
Picking out Plants
Picking the right plants for your vertical garden is important and can be a little tricky. If you are planting into a wall, the conditions of that wall will determine the types of plants that you can grow there. For example, if the wall is south facing or in full sun all day then it will get very hot during summer months and most shade loving plants will not do well. You need to select plants that like full sun for this type of location.
You should also try to select plants that are going to be easy to maintain as you don’t want to have to spend all your time pruning them back from growing into other sections or tending them on a daily basis. This doesn’t mean opting for boring things such as ferns and ivy but selecting interesting foliage to complement interesting colours or berries when they come into season.
Container Gardening and Vertical Growing Materials
To make vertical gardening possible, you need a container and some sort of vertical growing material. A container can be just about anything that is waterproof and has a depth of at least 8 inches. You can use such things as:
- Wooden half barrels
- Traditional planters
- Wire baskets lined with coco matting
- Burlap sacks filled with potting soil or straw bales
When it comes to selecting your vertical growing medium, you’re going to have plenty of options from which to choose. Some examples include:
- Fences (i.e., chain link fences)
You can even use other plants as your growing material by planting them in the same pot or garden bed as the smaller plants you wish to grow vertically. For example, if you planted in your garden tomatoes and pole beans, the bean vines could grow around the tomato plant ascending it much like ivy on a trellis.
Location, Location, Location
There are a few things to consider when choosing the location of your vertical garden, including the amount of sun or shade that area receives, how much space you have available, and how much maintenance you are willing to do. If you are new to gardening in general or don’t know exactly what kind of plants you want in your garden yet, it’s best to start out small and easy. But if you already have an idea of the plants (or animals) that will be inhabiting your garden, then it is time to choose a spot for your vertical garden based on the specifics for those plants’ needs.
For example, if you are putting together an aquaponic system that combines fish with greens like lettuce and spinach, then choosing an area with ample sun is ideal because greens thrive in sunny locations. However, if you are planning more of a succulent wall garden filled with air plants and leafy vines like English ivy or wandering Jew vines, then choosing a shadier area would be best because these types of plants really only need bright indirect sunlight (i.e., they still need light but not direct sunlight).
Horizontal space is also important when considering where each plant should go in your vertical garden. Some plants need more room than others—for example edibles like herbs (parsley and oregano), peppers (bell pepper), squash (zucchini), tomatoes (cherry tomatoes), as well as flowers like cosmos—so these require more horizontal space than other types of plants such as marigolds and petunias which can be placed closer together because they take up less room horizontally since they grow outward rather than upward.
Planting and Maintaining your Garden
In the spirit of a new year, we’re going to try an experiment in vertical gardening. This is going to be one of those posts where we don’t pretend to take on any of the responsibilities that come with gardening—we’ll just kind of share our experience and hope it will help you get started or give you some ideas about ways your garden can benefit from vertical growing.
First step: Buy yourself a potting bench. Why? It’s flat, it sits on the ground, and it’ll make both your work space and your pots easier to access. This one costs less than $200, but there are fancier ones that cost more than twice as much (and have more features like shelves).
With a potting bench in place, now you can start digging in! Pots with drainage holes are ideal for growing plants without dirt clogging up between their roots if air can flow through easily; clay pots keep water flowing through even when soil gets compacted down below; and plastic pots allow for easier repotting as plants grow. You could also use an old bucket instead—just avoid pots with cracks in them or too small at the bottom. Okay, so now we’ve got our good ole common pot sitting ready-to-go on our potting station—what type of soil should we put into it? It depends on the plant you want to grow! If you want a fast-growing plant that needs high levels of nutrients (like tomatoes), then stick with regular garden soil. If you don’t mind waiting a little while before harvest time comes around (like cucumbers), then go ahead and switch over to peat moss pellets (this is good for climbing plants like grapes or kiwis). You’ll probably still want some topsoil for seedlings and smaller plants that need organic matter like worms or compost before planting them into the ground later though (things like carrots or turnips). And how do we plant these things now? By sticking them
It’s much easier than you think to start growing upwards.
It’s much easier than you think to start growing upwards. Many people think that it takes a lot of fancy equipment and knowledge. You’ve probably even read articles about how to do it, or maybe you’ve watched some YouTube videos on how “experts” make their own “epic” vertical gardens. As a long-time vertical gardener, I’m here to tell you that the truth is much simpler than those YouTube videos make it out to be. Really, all you need are the plants and something in which to hang them—even a trellis leaning against your wall will work! It’s that easy! Vertical gardening is sustainable for your plants—better air circulation means fewer opportunities for mold and mildew—and for the planet, as well—it only uses 1/2 as many resources in comparison with traditional gardening methods. And finally (as if we haven’t already convinced you), vertical gardens are fabulous on the eyes! They have been known to bring smiles of joy from visitors.Welcome to Vertical Gardening 101!
What is vertical gardening, you ask? Well, it’s essentially a method of growing plants on surfaces that are not horizontal. Why would you want to do that? Well, why not? Vertical gardening is a great way to add visual interest to your garden and liven up your space. It’s also great for those who don’t have much space or money so they can get the most out of their gardens.
Our blog will walk you through the basics: where to start with vertical gardening, what plants work best for it, how to care for them and make sure they thrive in your environment. We’ll even show you some examples of how other people have used vertical gardening to transform their yards into something truly beautiful.
So you want to start a vertical garden, do you? Great. You’re in the right place.
This blog is all about everything vertical gardening—from why you should start one, to how to choose the best plants for your garden, to how to manage it once you’ve got it up and running. We’ll dive into different types of vertical gardens, and tips for managing them during different seasons. We’ll even talk about why we think vertical gardening is so important!
The goal of this blog is to give you the tools you need to get your vertical garden up and going, so let’s get started!
Hi, I’m [your name]. I’m a backyard gardener, and I’ve always loved the challenge of working within whatever space I have. In my last home, I made use of every inch of my yard with raised beds, climbing vines, and a trellis for growing tomatoes and corn.
Now that I’ve moved to an apartment with a tiny balcony, some of the joy has gone out of gardening for me—until someone introduced me to vertical gardening! If you’re in a situation where you don’t have much horizontal space (or none at all), then this is going to be your new best friend.
I’ve taken a crash course in all things vertical gardening so that I can share what I’ve learned with you.
First things first: What is it?
Vertical gardening is just what it sounds like: growing plants up instead of out. It’s particularly useful if you’re trying to get the most out of small spaces like balconies or rooftops—ideally places that get plenty of sun and are easily accessible. Vertical gardens can also be used indoors (more on that later).
Plants are great, but sometimes we’re not sure where to put them. Maybe we don’t have enough room for them, or maybe we don’t want to tromp through our garden every time we need to weed. Whatever the reason, vertical gardening is a fantastic solution. Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in getting started.
First things first: what is vertical gardening? Basically, it’s any kind of gardening that takes place on a vertical surface (like a wall or fence) or in a vertical container (as opposed to a garden bed). You can either grow plants up your own walls and structures or use vertical planters.
Vertical gardening is also great because you don’t have to tromp through your garden every time you need to weed—your plants are right there at face level!
In the world of gardening, there are many different styles and methods to choose from. One of the newest trends is vertical gardening, which is a perfect way to garden if you don’t have much space, or want a new type of growing experience.
Vertical gardening involves growing plants upright—often on a trellis or other similar structure, but sometimes just in pots set on the ground—rather than in rows on the ground. This can be done with many different types of plants, although some tend to work better than others (more on that later).
Vertical gardening has a number of benefits: it’s easy to care for your crops, it doesn’t take up much space, and it can look really great! Plus, you get the same amount of food out of it as you would with traditional gardening.
What is vertical gardening? It’s just what it sounds like: creating a vertical garden from plants that grow up, rather than out.
Why vertical gardening? Vertical gardens add a lot of visual interest to your home or apartment, and they can be incredibly easy to maintain. They’re also great for urban homes with limited space.
How do I start a vertical garden? Start by making sure you have good light for your plants. If you don’t have sun-facing windows, you can also get grow lights online or from your local gardening store. You’ll also want to make sure you have the right containers for your plants—you can use wall planters, hanging planters, or free-standing planters with stakes that let the plants grow up in their container. Finally, think about whether you want your vertical garden to be inside or outside. Don’t worry if you live in an apartment and don’t have access to a yard; you can still create an amazing garden on your balcony or even on your windowsill!
What types of plants should I use? You’ll want to choose a plant that grows well in your specific climate zone (or indoors), and make sure it’s one that will thrive in the type of container you’re using (some plants
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