Not everyone has a beautiful big backyard just waiting for spring to bring a big garden. You may live in a home where you have a very little yard to dig in or maybe you’re not allowed to dig at all due to being in an apartment or rental. You may be thinking that you’re out of luck when it comes to gardening, but you’re not. Vertical gardening is a perfect option for you to check out that might fit your unique gardening needs. There are a few ways that you can do a vertical garden to make it fit your particular situation.
Turn Your Wall into a Garden
Any of your walls can be turned into green space. This can be either an indoor or outdoor wall and can make any area look very interesting. Think of wall gardening this way: you’re basically taking a frame similar to what is seen in a raised bed and placing it on the wall in a vertical fashion, rather than it being horizontal on the ground. It’s important to note that you’ll need some slats angled back towards the wall to help keep the dirt and water in your frame if you DIY it. You’ll also want to waterproof it to prevent any water damage if you hang this inside of your home. There are some great products available on the market that can turn your wall into a vertical garden.
One thing to keep in mind with turning your wall into a garden is that not every wall will work with every garden system. You’ll need to determine that the walls you’re going to use can support the amount of weight that you’re using. You also need to account for the weight of the dirt, the frame itself, water you’ll add, and the plants. Depending on how large your design is you may run into a little bit of trouble here if you go too big for your wall. It may all come tumbling down.
Simple Trellising Vertical Garden
You can also create a lovely trellising vertical garden depending on your needs. This is a great DIY project, but you can also find some raised garden systems that offer trellising as part of the container.
For this, you’ll need some trellising and either a container to plant in or a slim area available for planting in your yard or along a walkway. Long and wide windowsill boxes are perfect for this type of garden if you need to use a container due to space constraints or a no-digging policy.
You’ll want to put in the trellis, and then add the plants or seeds next to it. As the plant grows, you can work to train it to go up the trellis rather than spreading out. This helps it to grow up rather than out and can give you plenty of growing space. If using a container or a small growing area that’s not deep for root growth, you may want to opt for plant varieties that are meant to be grown in a container as they are often smaller than their other counterparts.
What Can You Grow?
You may be wondering what types of plants you can grow in your vertical garden, and the answer is just about anything you can think of growing or would feel comfortable growing in a container. Vertical gardens can be used for moss, herbs, flowers, strawberries, greens, tomatoes, and more. Just be sure that the space available inside of the frame is big enough to support what you’re growing, and that you’re not overcrowding the frame. Overcrowding or cramped planting can lead to your plants not thriving very well.
It can be easy for you to get overwhelmed in trying to determine what type of vertical garden is possible with your space. The good news is that there are creative ideas are just a Google search away. There are some very popular vertical gardens around the world that can offer up some ideas of how you can incorporate vertical growing into your life. You may not be able to accomplish the scope of some of these gardens, but they can help to spark some ideas to what you can do around your home.
When looking for ways to get your weight down to protect the wall you’re hanging your garden on, you’ll want to try to use light soil, such as container soil which often has perlite in it to reduce weight. Just don’t neglect necessary nutrients!
Your vertical frames are more like a container or raised bed and often need watering more often, but too much water may rot the roots depending on drainage in the unit. Check the soil often to check to see if it’s dry to the touch.
Stop being trapped by feeling as though you can only garden in the “traditional” way. These vertical gardening options can completely open up your home to growing fresh flowers and produce. Be creative and find the gardening method that works just right for you. Let these ideas get you started on gardening when you have limitations on your growing space. Or you may just like to grow on every available surface imaginable.