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Vertical Gardening Ideas

Updated on July 8, 2015

Vertical Gardening Systems

Vertical gardening or vertical farming is cultivating plant life on a vertically inclined surface. It is not a new concept having been employed in ancient Babylon, however for someone with a limited footprint taking this techinque into the modern garden is ideal.

With today's vertical gardening systems you can grow your own produce as long as you have somewhere bright be it a balcony porch or alley along a fence. With vertical gardening you train your vegetables to grow upward not out.

So what precisely is vertical gardening and why is it able to give you season after season of satisfaction and impressive crops of vegetables and fruit?

Vertical gardening depends on the proven fact that plants will grow where ever there is light nutrient elements and support. This suggests that regardless of whether your tomato vine is growing from a pot straight up a wall it will still produce a wonderful crop for you.

Freestanding Wall Planter For Flowers Or Herbs!

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Vertical Garden Solutions

Perfect for organic gardening.

Today we can engineer ideal conditions for a given plant in a milk jug and watch it produce. This is possible through the application of science and careful planning of your garden well before planting of your first seed.

Do not be daunted though the process may appear laborious and troublesome vertical gardening is not that difficult. After only a few weeks you'll understand almost the entire concept and after a single season you will emerge an experienced pro at growing your own produce inside or in tiny spaces.

Imagine covering a complete wall with bean vines cucumbers and tomatoes. Imagine the satisfaction you will get when you bite into your very own produce which should taste a lot better that what is available at your local big chain stores.

Vertical Gardening Ideas And Suggestions!

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garden wall design

Vertical Vegetable Garden Ideas

Creating small vegetable gardens.

Vertical gardens are perfect for growing vegetables, the obvious reason is more plants in less space, but you can train the vines on a trellis system which will allow more light.

You will also be able to manage air circulation and prevent some diseases especially heavy vine plants like some tomatoes, cucumbers or melons.

Not only will you save valuable horizontal space but you can craft tiny yet gorgeous garden spots around your house. You can also create eye appealing bounds between your yard and your neighbor's and create fascinating focal points around your yard or just your porch.

Even trellises that you put up to cover the gruesome area under your front porch can be employed to make your house more stunning.

Trellis Garden Ideas

Trellis Garden Ideas
Trellis Garden Ideas
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vertical garden system

Vertical Flower Systems

Vertical gardens typically have more constrained root space than those in the ground so find a system that has masses of root space for your vegetables and you will be off to an excellent start.

If you've ever grown vegetables in pots you may know how important it is to keep the soil potting media temperatures and moisture levels as even as practicable. Plants that become heat or water stressed quickly lose power leafy veggies often'bolt' to seed in these conditions leading to extremely poor production.

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gardening vertical

Garden Wall Designs Using Pockets

Creating wall garden with recycled materials.

Now you can create your own lush oasis right in the privacy of your patio or living room with this 8 Pocket Vertical Garden. These very resilient, full pocket panels are excellent for growing your own herbs, flowers and vegetables! This vertical garden is made from 100% recycled materials.

Each set of pockets can feature different textures and colors to complete an entire landscape on a wall or fence!

Which Plants Can You Grow With A Trellis System? - Here are a few examples:

  1. Vertical Tomatoes Using Trellis.

    Try using indeterminate or non-bush type tomatoes that will grow and produce fruit late into the fall.

  2. Vertical Peas And Cucumbers.

    Try using non-bush varieties and secure them on a trellis system. Bush varieties will not require trellising; their vines will grow to approximately four to six feet long.

  3. How large of a fruit can you trellis?

    A good rule of thumb is if it smaller than soccer ball you can use a trellis system. Most vines will support the fruit so you should not have to worry about breakage.

  4. Vertical Squash and Mini Pumpkins.

    Small fruit or non-bush type, examples would be mini pumpkins, buttercup squash and most types of acorn are suited for trellising.

Vertical Wall Kits

Vertical Wall Kits
Vertical Wall Kits

Make Sure You Construct Your Vertical Supports Before Planting To Avoid Damaging Your Plants!

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trellis gardening

Trellis Gardening Ideas

Unique planter idea.

This triolife plant pyramid features a new concept in home gardening that permits you to plant any type of garden in a very small space. The vertical design of this cedar planter features the ability to grow five times more plants in a restricted space. It is the ideal gardening solution for a patio, a yard, or a balcony. Triolife planters are designed to make your gardening experience fun and easy.

The pyramids can be assembled in minutes and does not require any tools. Once assembled, just fill the unit with soil and plant these pyramids are perfect for herbs, vegetables, or flowers and the large soil volume allows all your plants' roots to have plenty of nutrients.

Vertical Garden Ideas - 5 Reasons They Make Sense

Advantages of vertical growing.

More gardeners are implementing vertical gardening for a considerable number of reasons. You may have heard of the roof gardens a growing number of bistros are implementing. Or maybe you've even seen one of the wall gardens that are showing up in metro areas around the globe.

1. Making Full Use Of Your Limited Garden Space.

One of the most important and common reason to grow gardens vertically is to use the space you have available. More people simply don't have the space for a standard in-ground plant garden in their backyards. As a fact an increasing number of people don't actually have a yard to really talk of and are left with making an attempt to grow vegetables and herbs on their balconies steps or rooftops.

2. Keep Undesired Animals Out Of Your Garden.

Maybe you have area for a little raised garden bed but your area cats think it's a litter box Or does your puppy love how simple it is to bury her treasures in the loose soil With a small amount of space to garden you definitely can't stand losing a little of your plants to animals. If you have the option to increase your garden space by using vertical space such as walls deck rails or fences then your garden becomes beyond reach to your tiny furry ones.

3. Reduce The Infestion Of Insects and Diseases.

Most plant sicknesses are at first contracted from direct contact with the soil. By coaching your vine plants to grow vertically or in hanging planters not only do you keep the vegetation and fruits off of the ground but they also benefit from more air movement. Air circulation helps keep fungal and insect infestations at a minimum if not stopped altogether. Since plants growing vertically tend to be more healthy they are going to grow bigger lusher and produce a bigger bounty.

4. Less Stress On Your Back.

By knowing how high a plant will grow and planning accordingly you can save yourself from bending over to pick your fruit and veg. The ideal system would put less strain on your back.

5. Hide Ugly Areas Of Your Outside Landscape.

There are several structures that are important in maintaining your house and yard e.g. a tool shed chain link fence waste cans or an outdoor compost pile. An open compost pile may be essential in working on your garden but surely is a subtraction to a beautiful landscape. By using trellises and or arbors you can create a beautiful living wall of plants that willhide these unsightly areas and add to the beauty to the remainder of your landscape.

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vertical gardening

Vertical Gardening How To

Further your gardening knowledge.

When fall arrives and the garden is tilled under for the winter it is time to relax with a vertical gardening book by the fire and design new systems or ideas for the coming spring.

There are numerous ways to design vertical gardens or a living wall in a small space.

Listed here are helpful books to increase your knowledge for vertical gardening:

Welded Wire On Wood Posts Make An Excellent Durable System For Going Vertical!

Benefits Of Vertical Gardening

  1. Easy access to your plants without bending over making it easier on your back!
  2. Easy to manage weeds and feeding the plants.
  3. Easy way to irrigate even reusing the water from one container to another.
  4. Requires a much smaller footprint than a conventional garden to grow large quantities of plants.
  5. Ideal for gardeners that have limited space on their property.

Going Vertical From Garden To Farm

Commercial applications.

It is estimated by the year 2050 approximately eighty percent of the world's population will live in urban areas. If we use conservative estimates taking into consideration the current trends the population will increase by approximately three billion people, those are a lot of mouths to feed.

With the current farming practices it would take approximately twenty percent more land than is represented by Brazil to grow the food necessary to feed the increase!

Currently throughout the globe over eighty percent of the land that can be used to raise crops is being used, history has shown that fifteen percent of land is wasted by poor management.

So what is the answer for the future of farming? Vertical farming!

Gardening Tools To Make Our Tasks Easier

The Rumford Gardener Essex Tool Set, 4-Piece BF2000
The Rumford Gardener Essex Tool Set, 4-Piece BF2000

What a great value, this tool set features four important gardening items you will need in your garden or flower beds!

Fiskars 10 Gallon Kangaroo Gardening Bag (94046974J)
Fiskars 10 Gallon Kangaroo Gardening Bag (94046974J)

Love this idea, handy to take along when you are wedding the garden or flower beds and it collapses for easy storage, excellent idea!

Threesixty Innovation Little Garden Angels Children's Folding Gardening Seat with Tool Storage Bag CBS061
Threesixty Innovation Little Garden Angels Children's Folding Gardening Seat with Tool Storage Bag CBS061

This gardening tool is ideal for those tedious jobs that require sitting in one spot for a while, like delicate pruning or weeding.

Brook & Hunter Combo-MT-BL-MIX Premium 2-Piece Combo Kit With Mo-Tool Axe Garden Multi-Tool & Hand Pruner With Black Handles
Brook & Hunter Combo-MT-BL-MIX Premium 2-Piece Combo Kit With Mo-Tool Axe Garden Multi-Tool & Hand Pruner With Black Handles

What a great tool idea, now you can have several different gardening attachments in one tool, no more trips back to the garage!


Vertical Idea

Vertical Idea
Vertical Idea

Why Is Organic So Important?

Will my small garden help?

If you think that creating your own backyard garden space or planting trees is not going to help the planet in regards to climate change it meant be wise to rethink that idea because as a matter of fact that is exactly what you would be doing albeit on a small scale.

Now taking that gardening idea into consideration, if thousands of city dwellers were to do that on a global scale then we would definitely have an impact on the health of our planet.

Next consider the amount of chemicals each home owner uses per year, per household on their projects and suddenly the amount rivals what the farmers use on a grand scale.

Now if you can imagine all those urban gardeners growing their gardens with organic practices they would be producing healthier plants, saving the planet and their own health at the same time!

DIY Vertical Green Wall

Wall Garden Using Disposable Cups

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vertical wall garden

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Your lens made it to our "The Green Thumb: A Place For Gardeners To Gather" Facebook page today! Please like our page and share it with your friends!

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      May Matthew 4 years ago

      These are great ideas and are very useful for my garden, as there never seems to be enough space for new additions. Thank you for this great lens!

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Wow, this is exactly what I need as I have so limited space in my garden and I keep thinking if only I could use the walls... well, now I see how I can do that!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have never seen vertical gardening to this extent and you have presented it beautifully! I'm thinking the deer may appreciate it to so they don't have to bend down so far but that's just another problem to solve with maybe a little netting and still have it look nice. I love the kitchen wall garden, it just says fresh and yummy to me...I could really hear it ! :)

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      Rodaussie 4 years ago

      great ideas. For me who live in a unit... it is perfect to have vertical gardens

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Lovely vertical garden ideas and lens, wahponywoo!

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      Constantimo 4 years ago

      Fantastic lense, and I love the idea of vertical gardening, similar in some ways to Raised Bed Gardening which is a topic much discussed on the website

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      williamwiley11 4 years ago

      I just wanted to bring some sunshine to all of you lives and say how wonderful you are :)

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      Great lens - especially when I saw the piece on Vertical Gardening Books, clicked through & saw my book featured. May you get tons & tons of visits & a few click through like I did.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Great gardening idea! Yes i am familiar with this :)

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      meganst 4 years ago

      Your lens is so thorough and informative. I learnt a lot about vertical gardening. What I loved the most was the old cupboard, turned into a vertical planter for flowers or herbs - marvellous!

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      meganst 4 years ago

      Your lens is so thorough and informative. I learnt a lot about vertical gardening. What I loved the most was the old cupboard, turned into a vertical planter for flowers or herbs - marvellous!

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      What great ideas, I really like the free standing wall planter.

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      A neighbor of ours has just put up a vertical garden planter, using painted ceramic pots. I was just admiring it this morning.

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      VirginiaR 4 years ago

      You have some great ideas here. It's time to start thinking of gardening. Hooray.

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      Steven 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      @halloweenprops: Thanks for visiting ... I have been hatching ideas all winter... waiting to get started once winter releases its hold.

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      halloweenprops 4 years ago

      Love these vertical gardening ideas. I've been wondering what to do with my garden this year, so I'm seeing this at the right time!

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      drcarl 4 years ago

      @wahponywoo2: We are welcoming the sun and warmth here in the Pacific Northwest as well. I find it sad that some states have made it illegal to collect rain water. Absurd, eh? That was true a couple of years ago. Something about water rights and The Government owning them. Same deal for air! Some say we don't have any rights to the air we breath! Here's a link (I'll have to lean if I can embed a link in comments)

      Regardless, as I'm sure you know, catchment water often needs several stages of filtration, unless, of course, one doesn't mind consuming acid rain and/or radiologicals.

      Finally, I bet consuming vertical produce inhibits horizontal girth, er, growth.

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      Steven 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      @drcarl: Thanks for stopping by... something I am going to start this spring is gathering rainwater... be glad when winter is over..

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      drcarl 4 years ago

      I'm squid-liking this before I have even read it - ON PRINCIPLE! lol. I no longer mow a lawn. Instead, I grow things I can EAT! I also filter my garden water as is evidenced by my first lens here: . I don't think chlorine or lead have any place on my organic produce. Here comes the sun! Bring it!

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Your lens was really helpful, it's a great idea to start a vertical garden, it saves a lot of space.

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      WhatsTheBuzz LM 4 years ago

      I have a friend that is trying out vertical gardening. I will have to send a link to your lens.

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      Peter Messerschmidt 4 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      That is very creative and cool-- wish I'd known more about this when I was living in Portland and had an impossibly tiny back yard... still some ideas I'm going to use here; good way to not only use a fence, too... but to cover up eyesores, as well.

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      Jen 4 years ago from California

      Very creative ideas! Space really isn't an excuse not to have a little garden.

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      Steven 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      @SandraWilson LM: Thanks for stopping by :) It is a great solution not only for someone like myself with limited space but it also has great promise for commercial use as well imagine a farm using this method ... how much more food could be produced in a small footprint.

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      SandraWilson LM 4 years ago

      Lots of good information here for anyone thinking about gardening. Thank you. Love the idea of lots done in little space.

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      Steven 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thanks for stopping by ... as I watch the snow falling outside I wonder if spring is EVER going to come so I can get my garden started... I did spot the first robin so there is hope :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Wonderful vertical gardening ideas! Growing vertically can encourage many people to grow their own vegetables and plants when they have little space. :)

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      Steven 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      @dingbat1932: No I have not but like all other plants maintaining the proper ph balance is important as well as the media used... I am not sure an orchid will tolerate being in water all the time ... so it may require a drip method so they have a chance to dry out ... I have read about some gardeners using the method and claimed their orchids bloomed every time ... I plan to try it at some point since I love orchids... thanks for visiting.

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      dingbat1932 4 years ago

      Lovely lens. Have you tried Seramis in any aquaponics?

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      jayavi 4 years ago

      Wow such nice idea !!! Thanks

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      So many good ideas I'd like to try this year. Thanks for all the information and tips.

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      MissKeenReviewer 4 years ago

      Very nice- love to do this and your tips are truly helpful. Good lens!

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      Steven 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      @darciefrench lm: Thank you for stopping by it is appreciated, I am waiting every so impatiently for spring to arrive I have plotting ideas all winter :)

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      Brilliant ideas for gardening here :D

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      DirtnapJoe LM 4 years ago

      Verticle gardening is on this coming growing seasosns agenda. Saving a back from discomfort is the main reason. thanks for the ideas

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      anitabreeze 4 years ago

      I love this lens. We have a local library that has a living wall on one entire side of the building and I just love it!

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      rydercroft 4 years ago

      Great lens - love the Living Wall Planter!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You have put it very nicely, love the concept of vertical gardening for constrained space.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wonderful work!

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      Beautiful stufff - I'm going to go and throw herbs up the wall instantly!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Vertical gardening just makes me want to JUMP FOR JOY!!! thank you for this rich and zesty lens. :-)

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      Joanie Ruppel 4 years ago from Keller, Texas

      I have never seen this before. What a wonderful way to garden for all the reasons you listed. Nice lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The new house we just had built came with a small backyard. I think I am going to have to try some vertical gardening for the herbs I would like to grow.

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      Steven 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      @shellys-space: It is an awesome idea being studied as a commercial farming solution.... think of all the veggies you could produce in a single square acre. Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I have always wondered if vertical gardening works. Thanks for the helpful tips and nice photos!

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 5 years ago

      Your ideas about vertical gardening are really great!