Vertical Gardening Ideas
Vertical Gardening Systems
Vertical gardening or vertical farming is cultivating plant life on a vertically inclined surface.
The idea is rather than grow outward taking up more square footage the idea is to grow upward.
It is not a new concept having been employed in ancient Babylon, however for someone with a limited footprint taking this technique 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.
Vertical gardens are ideal for going organic.
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 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.
Think of the health benefits you will get when you bite into your very own produce which should taste a lot better than what is available at your local big chain stores.
A vertical garden produces a higher yield with a smaller footprint.
Vertical planter with irrigation
6 Foot Vertical Garden System
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.
Stack-able flower or vegetable planter
A vertical flower garden can turn an ugly wall into something beautiful.
Which Plants Can You Grow With A Trellis System? - Here are a few examples:
- Vertical Tomatoes Using Trellis.
Try using indeterminate or non-bush type tomatoes that will grow and produce fruit late into the fall.
- 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.
- How large of fruit can you trellis?
A good rule of thumb is if it smaller than a soccer ball you can use a trellis system. Most vines will support the fruit so you should not have to worry about breakage.
- 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 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.
Garden Wall Designs Using Pockets
Creating a vertical 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!
Great tip! Hide your ugly garbage cans behind a wall of flowers.
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 reasons 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 an 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 for your 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 Presence 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 will hide these unsightly areas and add to the beauty to the remainder of your landscape.
Vertical gardens can be used to cool your home.
Vertical farming a solution for feeding millions.
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 the land is wasted by poor management.
So what is the answer to the future of farming?
DIY Vertical Green Wall
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