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Using wall spaces in creative ways can make all the difference in an apartment or small house (I’ve learned all this before), and it can work in the garden too! If your outdoor space is limited, vertical gardening ideas can take your garden to the next level!
What is a Vertical Garden?
A straightforward, vertical garden is a way to encourage fruits, vegetables, herbs or flowers to grow instead of falling to the ground with some help or structure. This can be done in the ground, in containers, on a wall, or even without soil.
The best edible plants to grow in a vertical garden are cucumbers, tomatoes, pomegranates, peas, and even squash and pumpkins. (You can also add grapefruit to your vertical elements for beauty!)
While space constraints (such as urban or apartment layouts) encourage a vertical approach, there are many more benefits to this creative style of gardening:
- Disease prevention
- Easy pruning (no twisting)
- High productivity
- More symmetrical output (no flat side to lay on the ground)
- Also visual interest or privacy
- Portability; Some container systems may be moved to follow the available sun
- Controlling stained or spreading plants like squash grapes
- Makes a shelter for shady plants (or people)
Possible ways to view a vertical garden, from the simplest to the cheapest, are complex and expensive. With increased indoor lighting and the right system, you can even increase year-round production in your home!
But the question arises:
To DIY or not to DIY?
When I bought a Tower Garden system I first became interested in gardening vertically (just by eating beans or beyond the caging of tomatoes). They are expensive, but lettuce, kali, cucumber, beans, and here Even the idea of growing tomatoes in a yard in a few square feet or within a year? In greed. (And for anyone in an urban environment and with the rising cost of organic production, possibly worth it!)
(Update: I then found a smaller, less expensive indoor garden option from Aero Garden. Full details in a later post, but I have a Harvest family model. It was easy to assemble and the kids watched it grow.) Are.)
Of course, I immediately started thinking of ways I could create my own, more economical DIY vertical gardening system, and there are many DIY tutorials out there. If this is not your underground territory, the list of materials may be long and still close to 200-250.
For now, I’ve decided to take the easy way out and see what I can do to adapt my traditional outdoor garden beds and make them more efficient, and a small indoor plant in the winter. And I’ll add the Lettuce Garden.
Before you buy or DIY, decide to do some rugging around the basement or garden shed. You will be amazed at what inspiration you can get. Just look for something that can grow plants. Pallets, mason jars, old shutters, a broken ladder, a construction bar, a piece of trellis, twins, ropes – these can all be made into a vertical garden structure.
So while the jury has yet to decide which approach we will try, here are 5 fascinating vertical garden ideas that range from simple to sophisticated!
Traditional garden with vertical elements
If you have a backyard garden, plan to add a trellis and climbing plants to the north of your plot. This prevents your tall plants from shading the rest of the garden. I also recommend using support that is portable and not permanent, so you can rotate your planting from season to season.
Here are some ideas for growing your plants vertically in a traditional garden:
Don’t forget to plant lettuce, spinach and other delicate, shade-loving plants in the shade of these shades!
Petio Planter / Container Garden
If you are confined to a patio or deck, try gardening tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, beans, or squash in containers. You can create your own garden with individual pots, tiered planters, or raised garden boxes. (Although they look beautiful, keep in mind that real terracotta utensils are very special and risk drying out.)
Use organic potting clay and consider putting heavy pots on the branches so you can maximize sun exposure. The key to container gardening. Tie tomato cages and plants as they grow indefinitely.
Outdoor or indoor wall garden
If you are short in horizontal space but have a wall or fence that receives 6 or more hours of sunlight, try a wall garden. It can also happen indoors if you have too much sun or too much light. The wall garden can be made from scraps of wood, small pots or even canvas pockets (like the old one of the door shoe organizer). I like this beautiful DIY version made of pine wood.
As with all container gardens, a wall garden can be difficult to water and fertilize evenly (not out of defeat yet).
If you are going to try an indoor garden, consider a system designed for this purpose. Unless you intend to mount the rising light, I suggest using something with a removable container for individual plants so you can move them closer to the window if needed.
Indoor Herb Garden
Windowsel plant gardens are nothing new, but deserve respectable mention because what’s better than fresh lettuce or herbs in winter? In hot climates, hanging a few pork pots on the kitchen windows or hanging in the pots will do, but in cold weather a light cut will almost certainly be necessary.
And I love the idea of how to use IKEA items for the indoor garden!
Another type of vertical gardening, hydroponics, has been enjoying increasing popularity in recent decades. Hydroponic vegetables are grown only in water (no soil) which contains nutrients and trace minerals. Although this method is of ancient Aztecs, the modern hydroponic method contains a lot of plastics and some synthetic fertilizers, and for these reasons I did not hesitate to explore it. (It can also be expensive, as I mentioned above.)
On the other hand, hydroponically grown vegetables in greenhouses do not require chemical pesticides. Studies are limited, even to the point where they are considered better than nutrition (although some will say, not in taste).
If home hydroponics sounds like the kind of experiment you want to try, you can be yourself if you are brave or can find cheap alternatives to the Tower Garden system.
What do you think about vertical gardening? Have you had success in these or other ways?