Do you wish you could garden, but you just don’t have room? Maybe you’re living in an apartment with no yard, or in the city where space is limited. Either way, there’s no reason to let a lack of space keep you from growing your own fruits and veggies. Instead of growing your garden out, what if you grew it up? Keep reading to learn how to grow a vertical garden in 5 steps.
Vertical gardening is becoming more and more of a trend, and for good reason. Vertical gardens allow you to maximize the number of fruits and veggies grown in a limited space.
You can easily create a colorful masterpiece of a garden on your balcony, porch, or even inside. Vertical gardens allow you to enjoy all the benefits of traditional gardening, but they use up much less space. Read on to learn how to start your own vertical garden.
1. Assess The Sunlight
The first step towards creating a vertical garden is to assess the sunlight in your chosen location. The amount of sunlight received in an area will help you figure out what plants to grow.
Alternatively, if you already know you want to grow a crop that requires a lot of sunlight, find a spot that can accommodate that. If you don’t have a lot of options for placement and your space doesn’t get a lot of sun, don’t worry– there are still fruits and veggies you can grow in low light conditions.
2. Choose What To Grow
Now that you know how much sunlight your garden will receive, you can decide what plants to grow. If you’re going to be gardening in low-light conditions, consider growing leafy green vegetables and other cold weather crops that may be hardy enough to withstand the lack of light. If your garden receives good sunlight, your options are pretty limitless with what you can grow in a vertical garden.
3. Type Of Vertical Garden
Once you have an idea of what you want to grow, it’s time to consider how you want to grow it. Is your vertical garden going to consist of hanging baskets? Or maybe you’re going to fashion a vertical planter box out of old, untreated pallet wood. You could even just install shelves on the side of your house and create a vertical container garden. Trellises work great if you’re growing fruits and vegetables that are naturally vining, such as cucumbers and tomatoes. Get creative!
4. Plant and Maintain Your Plants
Here is where vertical gardening is not so different from regular gardening. You still need to plant your crops, and water and feed them regularly. In fact, watering is doubly important if you’re going to be using hanging baskets for your tomatoes, for example, because the air can dry the roots out. Tomatoes planted in a hanging basket need to be watered more often than if they are planted in the ground.
5. Harvest And Enjoy
The last– and tastiest– step of vertical gardening is to harvest your bounty and enjoy! Some gardeners report better success with vertical gardens than traditional in-ground ones, with fewer dead plants and more bountiful yield. Vertical gardens also help cut down on certain pests, such as slugs and other ground-dwellers. This reduces the amount of natural pesticide needed for vertical gardening!
Don’t let a lack of space stop you from enjoying the benefits of a well-tended garden. Build a vertical garden and start planting today! Another alternative is to get an indoor garden kit because they don’t take up much space.