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If you were a kid who played in gardens, you may recall the feeling of being in a bean teepee or beneath a grape-filled archway. The leaves and vines would typically face the sun, and the crops would typically be hanging down for convenient picking.
Beyond only being aesthetically pleasing and providing a cool haven on hot days, vertical gardening is beautiful. It simplifies the process of harvesting vegetables and increases the amount of growing area in gardens where soil is scarce. Vertical gardening provides a means to grow more with less space, as more and more people turn to gardening for its physical and psychological benefits.
Towers, arches, pergolas, and trellises are just a few of the garden design elements that a landscaper can utilise to create height. Vertical features are great for making the most of the available space in urban or small backyards. They can also help establish distinct "rooms" in yards of any size. For aesthetic purposes or simply because you enjoy multi-level growing, use vertical gardening to cover up an ugly spot in your yard.
Both indoor and outdoor, residential and business settings can benefit from vertical gardens. Outdoor gardens provide the ideal growing area because they may already have retaining walls and fences in place. Walls, pillars, and railings can all be used as supports for indoor plants.
The primary distinction between these two places is that, because of the drier air, indoor gardens typically require more frequent watering. Attaching vertical components and indoor gardening plants to walls requires caution as well.
Consider your space's objectives and the plants you intend to cultivate when selecting your vertical garden feature. If flowers are your top pick, there are many different things you can do. Check out this list of vining and flowering plants from the Royal Horticulture Society and read the descriptions below. If you're looking for edible plants, check out our suggestions below.
The trellis is among the most recognisable vertical garden components. Trellises are a simple way to extend your garden and allow vining plants and training plants to grow. They can be fastened to the ground or an elevated garden bed.
The best trellises will be simple to install and offer sufficient support. More base support will be required for trellises that are higher in height. Arches, tripods, obelisks, and flat grids are examples of common shapes. Raised beds of cow fence panels looped into a U shape and supported on two sides provide the simplest, least expensive trellis. This is the ideal style for cucumbers. Consider putting up concrete mesh for long-lasting resilience if you want a stronger, taller trellis.
Consider hanging a tall pergola or archway between two raised beds to create even more growing room and visual intrigue. Plants can be trained to grow trellises by wrapping their stems as they grow or by using gardener's tape, leftover fabric, or old nylon stockings to secure them to a support. Just keep in mind that, depending on where you place them, trellises can provide shade for your garden. The simplest method to avoid issues is to use them at the northern edge.
Tower gardens are made of sturdy plastic, fibreglass, or PVC pipe and can be used indoors or outdoors, depending on the design. Plants can grow and cascade in tower gardens because they offer a vertical growing medium. Tower gardens occasionally use hydroponics to supply plants with nutrition.
Although the tower garden isn't ideal for vining plants, it works well for almost everything else because it revolves around a central composting axis. It also saves space for patios, greenhouses, and balcony gardening.
Garden "rooms" can be defined and separated with the aid of a wall garden fixed to an outside frame or trellis. Outdoor wall planters can create the illusion of a lush jungle in your space when they are used to add interest and grow space surrounding an eating area.
A similar effect may be achieved with smaller, vertical planters placed on interior walls to create a living wall in otherwise sterile areas.
Edible plants don't always fill wall gardens, but many do thrive in stacked pockets and wall-mounted garden beds.
Smaller plants can be hung from walls, ceilings, and railings using hanging planters. Though hanging baskets are frequently used for flowers outdoors and houseplants indoors, get creative. They are equally effective on edible plants with shallow roots. Strawberries or salad greens in a hanging planter make a stunning and appetising combination.
Tiered beds have allowed many homeowners to effectively build a thriving garden, in spite of the common misconception that you can't garden on a hill. Using the natural curves of your landscape, you may create raised beds and planters regardless of how steep your slope is. If the slope is steep, the beds will act as retaining walls, so they must be constructed with stronger materials for greater longevity.
There are certain characteristics that all vertical plantings have, even though every garden design has its own special requirements.
A vertical garden requires light, regardless of its location. The amount that you put in your garden will influence how much. The majority of veggies require a minimum of six to eight hours of sunlight per day. Salad greens and other leafy vegetables are an exception to this rule; they can withstand light shade, especially in the afternoon when the temperature rises.
In contrast to in-ground gardens, vertical gardens require soil that is both light and absorbent in order to prevent soil compaction and plants from drying out. This entails getting deeper than the topsoil. The best soil or soilless mixtures will feel airy and light, with peat or coir added to aerate the medium. But these may get rather pricey if you're working with a large region. For an affordable potting mix with a high loft and a little extra fertiliser, ask your neighbourhood nursery. To your selected mixture, add well-rotted compost and your preferred full-organic fertiliser.
After you've made the decision to go vertical, you must first pick a container after taking your plants' requirements into account. The requirements for soil depth vary among edible plants. Even if there are tonnes of adorable plantings on the internet that are nestled into garden clogs, some containers are unsuitable for growing plants.
Make sure the container can support the weight of the veggies you have chosen to hang or mount and that it is sturdy enough to do so. When exposed to direct sunlight, some low-grade plastics will deteriorate and crumble in a single season. Use a felt liner to confine soil in frames similar to pallet gardens and increase the life of your garden.
As was previously said, the ideal way to stimulate development and lighten the soil around your vertical crops is to apply completed compost and complete organic fertiliser. Throughout the entire growing season, nutrients are gradually released via organic fertiliser. This implies that as your plants grow, you won't need to bother about feeding them frequently. Some vertical gardens go one step further and use composting worms to make their own fertiliser.