Vertical gardens have been very popular in recent years and has continued to be one of the best options of gardeners who have limited space. You can grow anything from perennials, annuals, edibles and basically any plant as long as you have the right medium. Here are some of the best ways to start growing your vertical garden.
Types of Vertical Garden:
- Hanging your Pots- This method of vertical gardening uses clamps to anchor the pots on a wall or a fence. If you are feeling creative, you can also make a structure to support your flower pots. However, it is important to note that your structure is strong enough to support your pots as well as the potting mix and the plant. It is best to use lightweight pots for this type of vertical garden.
- Wall Garden- This type of vertical gardening use mats, fibre coir, or plastic trays fashioned in a way similar to nursery beds. This is ideal for plants with shallow root systems such as succulents. Large plants with intricate root systems can break the mats and would require more maintenance. A garden tray filled with succulents can be hanged indoors and would undoubtedly provide an interesting wall decoration inside your living room.
- Edible Vertical Garden- Nothing beats fresh fruits and vegetables. With vertical gardening you can easily grow your favourite vegetables such as pole beans, peas, squash, and a lot more.
- Planting in Pockets- Specialized pouches are often used for vertical gardens. Thee pouches are sold in local nurseries individually or in rows. With these, you can easily transform a plain wall into a living garden.
Vertical Gardening Tips
- Plant Medium- In planning a vertical garden, you need to carefully choose your medium. Not all plants can thrive on fibre coir and moss alone.
- Maintenance- Depending on what type, all vertical gardens require maintenance. For potted vertical gardens, you may need to repot the plants to give more pace for growth. Wall gardens using felt mats and fibre coir may need frequent maintenance as the root systems grow.
- Irrigation- Always remember that plants on the bottom usually get more water compared to plants situated on the top portion of your vertical garden. Try to use plants that need more water at the bottom.
- Sunlight- Plan your vertical garden based on sun patterns. If you are planning to grow a vegetable vertical garden, strategically position your plants in a location where it gets at least six hours of sun every day.
- Be creative- You can use anything that can hold your plant medium and can drain water. Do not limit yourself to pouches or vertical garden structures that you can find in stores. It can be anything from old baskets to socks.