Vertical gardens allow gardens to grow in very small spaces, as well as in places like cities where land is not available. Vertical gardening reduces the area occupied by plants because they grow upwards and off of the ground.
Your fruits and vegetables are protected from damage because they are not in contact with the earth which reduces the use of pesticides. And vertical gardening also makes harvesting the rewards of your labor much easier than traditional methods.
Whether you are new to gardening or just new to vertical gardening, this series of articles is designed to provide you with the basic knowledge you need to grow a vibrant and abundant vertical garden.
VERTICAL GARDENING – WHAT IS IT?
Vertical gardening is a method that trains plants to grow upward and off the ground rather than spreading out on the ground surface. Conventional gardening methods use up a lot of land and are not possible in densely populated urban areas.
Vertical gardening is a great way to maximize the use of land, to grow a garden in very tight areas, or maintain a garden in places where no actual land is available such as balconies. You can literally grow anything you choose, as long as you have the right knowledge and space for it.
Vertical gardening makes the practice of growing your own fruits, vegetables, herbs and other plants an equal opportunity sport. Vertical gardening cuts down on the traditional labor, time and space needed to grow food or keep a blah space beautiful. It reduces the amount of pests, pesticides, or other soil and mold-born contaminants that are common in standard gardening methods.
Vertical gardening is not new. Some of the first known vertical gardens were The Hanging Gardens of Babylon in 600 BC which are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. (With new evidence, there is some argument over whether the gardens were actually in Babylon, but they did exist.) If you travel, you can see multiple examples of the beauty and architecture of green walls and architecture.
It’s possible to have a very large garden in a limited space. Almost anything can be grown vertically. Herbs, flowers, vegetables and some fruits are options for:
- Apartment dwellers
- Gardeners with small yards
- Conventional gardeners who have run out of ground space
- Schools and retirement communities
- Gardeners who live in especially pest-prone areas
- Gardeners who want to cut down on labor
- People who want to reduce the use of pesticides and eat
- More organically grown fruits and vegetables
- Gardeners who need to produce higher yields in less space
- People who hate pulling weeds
- Everyone who enjoys more flavorful fruits and vegetables
All You Need To Know About Vertical Gardening
- What is Vertical Gardening?
- Vertical Garden Design
- How To Choose and Prepare The Right Spot For Your Vertical Garden
- Plant Support Structures: Trellises, Arches and Arbors
- Creative Ways to Plant a Vertical Garden
- How to Make a Living Plant Wall
- The Best Fruits and Vegetables for Vertical Gardens
- Vertical Garden Maintenance & Care Tips: Weeding, Fertilizing, and Pruning
- How to Control Pests in your Vertical Garden