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Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardening is one of the best ways to have a garden if you have limited space.

All About Vertical Gardening

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Benefits of Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardening is perfect for those who wish to have a garden, but don’t have the space to do so. For example, if you live in an apartment and are short on space this is a great option. These types of gardens are also perfect for the disabled that can no longer tend to a larger size garden. However, it doesn’t matter if you are short on space, disabled, or have plenty of room for a large garden, vertical gardening is still a great way to garden.

Besides being a space saver, vertical gardening has many benefits. They can be planted anywhere, such as on fences, walls, balconies, small patios, and even on doors. With no weeding to be done, these gardens are easy to maintain. Risk of pests eating up your plants is also minimized and plants are protected from being dug up by animals.

There are some health benefits that come from vertical garden planting as well. Therapeutically, plants reduce stress and have a more positive impact on overall health. Some say that working on their gardens reduces their stress levels leaving them feeling calmer and more relaxed. Having vegetables around helps us to eat healthier foods.

Environmental benefits include improved air quality because vertical gardens act as a protective shield from harmful pollutants. According to One Million Moms, “Vertical gardens help to reduce the carbon footprint of a building by filtering pollutants and carbon dioxide out of the air, which also benefits those living nearby as the quality of the air is improved. Exterior wall vertical gardens also help to The reduce heat absorption, which can result in significant energy savings in areas where people rely on air-conditioning during the warmer parts of the year.” One Million Moms

See also: All About Window Box Gardening

What to Plant

You can choose to plant vegetables, herbs, or houseplants in your vertical garden. Here are some examples from each category:

  • Vegetables: peas, pole beans, asparagus beans, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, radish
  • Herbs: chives, cilantro, sage, mint, basil, oregano, parsley
  • Houseplants: flowers (alyssum, pansies, violas, begonias), ferns, succelents, flowering vines (morning glory, black-eyed Susan, hummingbird vine)

Don’t limit yourself to just these plants. Choose whatever you wish to plant for your vertical garden. Nature Hills Nursery has some awesome plants at a great price. They also have a great guarantee on their products.

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DIY Vertical Gardens

Making a vertical garden doesn’t have to be difficult, nor does it have to be expensive. There are tons of ideas out there for DIY vertical gardens, you’ll just have to do a little research. Some ideas that I have found very interesting are using pallets and mailboxes. An old kitchen spice rack can be recycled and used as an herb garden or a canvas shoe organizer works great hanging on a door! Galvanized buckets hanging from wire make a great garden for a small patio or porch. Gutters can also be cut down smaller and hung in rows vertically allowing room for plenty of plants on each tier.

Tiered Vertical Garden
Tiered vertical garden are great for planting different plants in each section.

Vertical Gardening How To

  1. Type – You first need to decide what type of garden you want to grow.
  2. Placement – Will your vertical garden be indoors or outdoors? Full sun, shady, or both?
  3. Plants – Succulents, herbs, vegetables, trailing plants, ferns, houseplants; choose plants that will get along together (same amount of sun or shade and growth rate).
  4. Soil – You want to use potting soil because vertical plants dry out quicker and potting soil holds in moisture. Plants that don’t need a lot of water should be planted at the top since that part dries quicker.
  5. Prep – Grow plants horizontally for a few weeks to allow the roots to establish themselves. This will hold the plants in place better when you put them vertically to grow.
  6. Consider Drip Irrigation – Because vertical gardens have less soil they may need to be watered more often than a regular garden. Watering can also be tricky to manage without making a huge mess. Plus you want to make sure that all the plants are getting the same amount of water. Investing in a drip irrigation system would be very helpful.

Related: 5 Indoor Plants That Are Hard To Kill

As you can see there are many benefits to vertical gardening. If you live in an apartment, for example, you can have a garden on your balcony. If you have no space for an in-ground garden, think vertically. Look for walls and fences you can put your garden on. There are no limits to where you can place your vertical garden.

Vertical Gardening How To
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42 thoughts on “Vertical Gardening”

  1. When I saw the title, ‘Vertical Garden’ I wasn’t sure how this would work. How you’ve explained the concept now totally makes sense! What a great idea! I have a new summer project!!!! xxxx

  2. I’m looking forward to trying this! I’m excited because my daughter and I were just talking about needing to do a garden this year and I don’t want to till our yard again this year

  3. What a great idea! I really need to implement this into our household. At the moment, we are living with Mom and Dad until we get our fixer upper “livable”…so we are quite short on space. 🙂

  4. Shared your blog with my sister in law a few weeks ago because all of your ideas are right up her alley!!
    Plus your post you did months ago about indoor plants was a HUGE help to me when I finally purchased my own indoor plants, I took your advice and bought an ivy plant and a philodendron…thanks so much!!

    1. Thank you for sharing!! I’m so glad I could help with your indoor plants. I hope you enjoy your new indoor plants! Thank you for your kind words and your support. It means a lot to me! 🙂

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