Vertical Gardening Making the Best Use of Your Space
As housing goes more and more high rise with less and less ground (if any) available for gardening it makes sense to go high rise with your gardening too!
Growing vegetables vertically enables you to produce so much more in your available space, in fact I have heard, it could even increase your harvest a whopping 300%.
Of course growing as much as you can is the ultimate aim; to be as self-sufficient as possible in the vegetable department so that you can reduce the need to buy any, saving you money as well as lessening your exposure to toxic chemicals that are often present in commercially grown vegetables.
By growing plants that can be trained to grow up (or down) you are utilizing ‘air space’ that would otherwise be wasted.
There are all manner of ways to garden vertically to use this space.
It is ideally suited to container gardening which in itself is normally employed to make production possible in limited space any way; growing vertically literally takes it to the next level!
Hanging baskets are an obvious choice in utilizing air space; even they can be tiered to have one hanging below the other (doubling your production). Just hook one to the bottom of the other if you can (easily done if you are using the typical wire basket). You could hang several baskets from a pole with brackets at differing heights, may be you can utilize a veranda pole. Hang baskets from brackets attached to a wall.
Tiered planters and shelves make more planting space for the same floor area.
Train plants up veranda poles or along balcony rails.
Attach trellises, strings or wires to walls to train your plants up.
Place a trellis in a free standing trough and grow something up it to make a decorative and productive screen which you can move about if you wish.
Attach planters to walls and let your plants trail down or just make more planting space available for non-trailing types.
There are lots of different types of supports available to grow your plants up or you could make your own ‘tepees’ with 3 or 4 stakes poked in to your container in a triangle or square pattern and then tied together at the top. “Tepees” have traditionally been used for beans but can be used for many other things as well.
Once you start thinking vertically you will come up with no end of ways to make use of that otherwise wasted ‘air space’.
In our throwaway society there are many things that can be utilized for growing vertically.
People do wonderful things with empty plastic drink bottles cutting the bottoms out and turning them upside down and stacking them in great towers filling them with growing medium and making slots for planting plants. Other people attach the empty bottles to walls as planters.
Another favorite is to use old wooden pallets. Pallets can be used in many different arrangements to provide vertical growing space.
Lidded plastic buckets with drainage holes made in the lids and bottoms can be filled with growing medium and stacked on top of each. With holes or slots cut in the sides for planting they can become strawberry type planters and provide great vertical growing space.
You don’t even have to get creative if you aren’t that way inclined or aren’t into recycling or DIY. With the growing popularity of growing vertically there are now many innovative products available that you can easily use to make better use of your space and grow and produce much more than you could otherwise.
Vertically growing plants can be a very attractive addition to your space. All their different colors and textures add interest and can become quite a focal point or talking point.
As I said earlier vertical gardening literally takes container gardening to the next level!
Give it a go and see how much you can produce from your space.