Vertical Gardening Systems
One method that can be used to ensure successful plant growth throughout the year is the method of vertical gardening systems. Whether you are living in the city or a rural area with a large yard , a diy vertical garden can be a visual gratification as well as productive in crop harvest.
This takes advantage of spaces that normally would go unused, and turning them into lush plant covers, be they edible or simply ornamental.
Instead of growing plants in pots or in the ground, you can use vertical garden containers to create green all around you without cluttering up your walking space.
Building an outdoor or indoor vertical vegetable garden can save time, space, and even money. In addition, it can also minimize pests and diseases for your your climbing veggies such as pole beans, cucumbers, peas, squash, tomatoes, melons, and pumpkins.
We’ll go over some of our favorite vertical gardening ideas as they relate to growing thriving veggies and herbs.
Vertical Garden Fence
Building an effective vertical garden on a fence is not as difficult as you may think. Using your existing fence for a vertical garden makes sense as it can facilitate both climbing vegetables as well as those that are better grown in a containers like lettuce, broccoli, strawberries, herbs, etc.
If your fencing is the solid wood paneled type, it will be better to grow veggies that do well in hanging baskets, pots, and other growing containers since these boards do not offer anything for the climbing vine-type plants to grab on to.
For the climbing plants, fences made of alternating horizontal boards make a good surface for the tendrils and twiners to climb upward. Even a flat board surface fence can work if you fasten lattice boards onto the facing to support the climbers.
The biggest turn around from ugly to beauty is using a chain-link fence for climber and/or container veggies. All types of vegetables and ornamental plants can turn an unsightly construction yard look into a wall of pure green nature.
A vertical tomato garden
In order to maintain healthy tomato’s, as with most vegetables, it is necessary to provide them with the correct amounts of water, oxygen, sunlight and nutrients. While traditional gardens may have difficulty maintaining a controlled amount of these nutrients, a vertical design is perfect for it.
Vertical gardens implement walls such as fences, the side of your house or a shed, a pallet, and more , in order to form a type of vertical garden tower. This allows for positioning the plants in sun exposure areas for vegetable types that need 4 to 8 hours of sun to grow optimally . Furthermore, using a vertical garden wall design can position the plant containers to be slanted, ensuring better water usage. By slanting these containers at roughly 30 degrees, proper drainage is also provided helping to assist with the necessary irrigation.
The same applies with a vertical potato garden, a vertical strawberry garden, vertical herb gardens, a vertical flower garden, even a hanging succulent garden, and more limited only to your imagination.
- The Use of Plant Holders
If the garden is being created in an area with inclement weather, it may be difficult to complete outdoor growing. This does not mean one cannot grow plants, but one may rather see this as an opportunity to customize the garden system. By utilizing a cylinder shape plant holder it may be possible to cultivate plants with a division from the wall. Unfortunately, some plant holders may not be effective as the amount of soil being used may make the cylinder too heavy for a vertical garden wall.
- The Use of Sheets Of Board
While the vertical garden is accommodating for those living in urban areas by growing the plants on the wall, it is possible that the wall may be damaged due to the moisture of the plants. In order to avoid or reduce the damage it is recommended that one utilize sheets of board to hold the plants away from the wall. If the boards are not effective, it is also possible to avoid wall damage by stringing the plants together and hanging them from the ceiling.
Final Words On This System
The vertical gardening system is growing in popularity due to its convenient and functional style. In order to create an effective vertical garden it is necessary to complete research and utilize the information provided.