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How To Vertical Garden

Truth is:

​Space is a valuable commodity in a city, with most of the space being occupied by buildings and concrete.

Many cities around the world are becoming more and more densely populated and many of  these cities are going to be seeing an agricultural revolution in the very near future – something called to Vertical Gardening.

So let’s take a closer look at how to vertical garden.

What Is Vertical Gardening?

Believe it or not this method of raising food crops is something that was pioneered by NASA. Vertical gardening is based on the principle of growing crops vertically, rather than the more traditional way of doing it horizontally.

Buildings built vertically as greenhouses and hydroponic growing systems were developed from ideas that were incorporated into the space station that NASA built.

Imagine that!

On your vertical garden, you can raise fruits, herbs, vegetables, and houseplants in a vertical growing system that only takes up to four feet of square footage!

Regardless of your age or where you live, you can get yourself into vertical gardening; there are vertical garden systems that you can use for vertical gardening.

How To Get Started

Vertical gardens require less area and are easier to maintain, harvest and easier to maintain. However, they have their flaws and require many commitments.

So here is what you need:

  • A sunny wall space
  • A robust support system that must be strong enough for your load.
  • The supporting wall must be in the position to withstand a lot of moisture.
  • If vapour is likely to create a problem on your wall, you can use a polyethylene fabric to create a vapour barrier.

What You Need To Consider

If you are thinking about vertical gardening there are a number of factors you need to consider.

Since vertical gardening relies on suspension of not only pots but growing plants you will need to read up on pot and plant suspension.

Now picture this:

Imagine covering an entire wall with vine upon vine of cucumber, tomatoes and peas. This is all possible with vertical produce gardening!

Another factor you need to keep in mind is the nature of the area in which you live. There are climate zones which are appropriate for any given vegetable.

This means that some plants will grow better in your area than others, and many plants will grow poorly in your area, if at all just simply due to the climate.

And another thing:

If you are to set up the vertical garden against a brick wall, you must consider the amount of heat produced and the impact it will have on the plants you have chosen.

Consider whether your garden will be perennial, evergreen or annual. Annuals such as some flowering vines grow fast, but your garden will be without foliage during certain times of the year.

The key is:

To make a list of the possible vegetables you would like to grow at home and then do a bit of research on each item on your list.

So What Are The Best Plants For Vertical Gardening?

You can grow a varied range of plants with vertical gardening. All that you will need is to take into consideration the factors mentioned above to determine the right plant to plant.

The good news is:

Flowers, fruit, and vegetables can all work well with vertical gardening techniques and in most cases do well compared to traditional or horizontal garden plans.

If you prefer flowers or cascading greenery, there are many varieties that grow vertically they include:  Creeping phlox, Lantana, creeping fly, verbena and impatiens all do well growing vertically and make beautiful greens and flowers on walls.

How Can Vertical Gardening Benefit You?

You want to know the real benefits right?

They include:

  • Aesthetic appeal; Vertical gardens can change a dull and plain house into an attractive and engaging home with an immediate-wow effect.
  • Vegetable and fruit yields are generally higher.
  • Increased biodiversity in the cities is a guarantee; vertical gardens help reduce the loss of biodiversity and help neutralize the negative effects of urbanization.
  • Vertical gardens on exterior walls also help reduce heat absorption, which can result in significant energy savings in areas where people in the warmer months depend on air conditioning.
  • In addition to improving air conditioning, there is also great potential for producing food using vertical gardening techniques.
  • Vertical gardening allows for more efficient and effective watering.
  • Vertical gardening allows for better, more efficient air circulation which reduces fungus problems to your plant.

Some Simple Ideas and Tips For Creating Vertical Gardens

Create Your Masterpiece
To have decorations of your own and your family members on the walls of your workplace and the house is common, but decorating your wall with a vertical garden is something very creative and can be visually outstanding.

Let those creative juices flow!

With a vertical garden you can create your own masterpiece! Whether it be welcoming people to your home or framing your living room wall it can help you change the look of your home or office.

Suspension Planters
Another interesting way to create a vertical garden in your home is through the use of wooden planks.

Hang six or seven (depending on the number of choice and size) of wood planks in a row tied with ropes. Cut holes in the planks so that the pots fit easily into the holes, but make sure there is a minimum gap between two pots.

Grow all the desired plants in the pots and place them in the flower box to give it a new look.

Use Gardening Boxes Or Crates
Instead of throwing away the wooden crates and boxes you use at home, use them to make something unique out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. Make them a part of the garden and to improve the look of your home.

Arrange the old and used and unused pyramid-shaped boxes and decorate them with colourful and varied plants that create a something innovative

You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.

Beautify Your Ladders
If there are no crates or boxes to use, you can resolve to use your old ladder to create a vertical garden. It is one of the simplest and easiest ways to create your living wall.

I know it sounds weird, but stick with me here:

Place the heavier pots down and the lighter ones on top. Decorate your house with vertical gardens. You need no more space because you can create a vertical garden on your wall to grow plants on this provides a large area for the plants compared to horizontal gardening.

So there you go if you have a blank wall or a bare fence – you quickly transform it into your own horticultural work of art!

About The Author

Steve Mann

Steve is a one time gardening hater turned into gardening obsessive. This was all thanks to going to University where a two year stint spent transforming the previously horrific garden of the student house he lived in left him addicted to all things horticultural! Now with a new house in tow and due to some fortunate circumstances he is free to test out a whole host of gardening equipment. Find out more about Steve or drop him an email at steve@suaveyards.com.

4 Comments

  1. walker2

    I can honestly say I have never heard of vertical gardening. Thank you for teaching me something new today! I’m an avid gardener and I have to say I’m intrigued by this idea. Is gardening vertically easier than gardening in the ground? I would love to consider growing vegetables vertically as I’m getting old and getting down and pulling weeds gets tougher every year. Are these various ways shown in your article actually nailed to an outside wall? What do they do to vinyl siding? Thanks for your research and I think I may be doing some too!

    Reply
    • Steve Mann

      Thanks for your comment. I think vertical gardening is easier in the respect that plants are a lot easier to reach and water, etc, etc and as you say as you get older it takes the strain off the knees when you get down to weed, etc, etc.

      The images shown are all on outside walls. As for vinyl siding I can’t see that being any problems as long as you can find a way to attach a frame. Good luck with whatever you decide and feel free to email me some photos if you do get your vertical garden up and running!

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  2. Pernilla

    Hello Steve!

    I very much enjoyed reading your post about vertical gardening. Soon it’s spring time again and we can start the gardening year again. Have been looking for a solution for our steep slope in our garden and you have given me excellent ideas, like using an old ladder or wooden crates.

    We have also got a stone wall and I can imagine how great it will look with a vertical garden filled with flowers or perhaps we will rather plant some evergreens, then it’ll look nice all year around.

    Another advantage would be if it really needs less watering. It seems obvious that the plants are going to flourish with an airy surrounding.

    Thanks for all the tips and hints!

    Pernilla

    Reply
    • Steve Mann

      Hi Pernilla, so glad this has inspired you! It is such a simple idea but one that is often overlooked. Keep me updated with how it turns out!

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