Whether you’re growing scrumptious veggies, flavorful herbs or gorgeous flowers and succulents, gardening is a very rewarding pastime. Sometimes, though, your love of plants can be bigger than your available square footage. If you’re looking for ways to maximize the space you have while growing a sustainable, resource-friendly garden, look no further! Whether you want to plant indoors or outdoors, these tools of the trade will help you bust through the limits of plain old “flat” gardening and set you on your way to growing an awesome vertical garden.
One of the easiest ways to make a foray into vertical gardening is with commercially available hanging “plant pocket” kits. All you need is a wall that receives adequate sunlight, some potting soil, and basic tools such as a screwdriver and a level. You can buy single pockets or rows of hanging pockets and create a living wall indoors or outdoors. Pockets come in a variety of sizes and colors. The product information will tell you how many cubic feet of soil each pocket will hold. When choosing plants and pockets, keep in mind the size of the plant’s root system so that you can buy the best-sized pocket.
Hanging containers are another option for creating a living wall, and they also work well on balconies or indoors. In the south of Spain, it’s a long-standing tradition to attach flower pots to the railing of your balcony to create an explosion of color outdoors, and this tradition is definitely catching on in the US.
There are also many stackable containers available. Smaller ones are ideal for indoor or outdoor herb gardening, while larger ones work well for flowers and veggies.
Many of the most popular garden vegetables will grow well on a trellis, which maximizes space by encouraging the plants to grow upwards rather than outwards. Vine-type cucumbers, indeterminate tomatoes, winter squash, pole beans and peas are a few examples of vegetables that are ideal for vertical gardening. You can go the DIY route and construct your own trellis, or buy specially-made kits.
With a little bit of elbow grease, you can transform just about any container into a vertical garden component. This clever website includes instructions for turning a wooden pallet into a vertical garden container.
Succulents such as sempervivums (“hens and chicks”) are perfect for living wall vertical gardening, since they have strong, shallow roots. To prove just how ideal succulents are for living walls, this intrepid gardener made a hanging sempervivum planter out of a picture frame!
Really, the sky is the limit when it comes to creative options for your vertical garden planters. Just make sure that the container you use doesn’t contain any chemical residue that could be harmful to the plants, and don’t use a container that has held anything toxic if you’re growing edible plants.
Remember: Wet & Forget is a safe way to eliminate moss, mold, mildew, algae and lichen from the outdoor surfaces near your plants without destroying all your hard work, as harsh cleaners can. Follow these simple steps to keep your garden beautiful while eliminating ugly stains.
Photo By Rameshng.