Sunday, 21 May 2017

Growing a Vertical Garden

You can consider creating a vertical garden when you have a very small yard and the plants you want to grow spread out usually. A fence gate or a bare wall makes the best blank canvas for annuals, edibles, succulents and perennials.

The concept of vertical gardening takes landscaping to a new level. Even if you live in a house with no bare wall, there are still ways of planting foliage upright.

Creative ideas for design

1. Pocket Pouches: There are different containers that can be attached to a wall or can be hung by the fence. They usually have their own hangers and comprise of a watering well; once filled, it can keep plants watered for approximately two weeks.
 

2. A chest of drawers: In case you have a dresser you plan to dispose of, you can find good use for it by creating a vertical garden. Drill drainage holes at the bottom surface of the drawers, and then add bricks as dividers so that you’re not required to fill the whole drawer with soil. Take the drawers out as much as you can in order that they start to cascade. Plant what will survive best in that area.
 

3. A ladder: Place plants in pots on the ladder’s rungs and incorporate hooks for the hanging planters.
 

4. Mason jars: These jars have made a comeback today, and they are used for a variety of purposes. Line up the bottom of your mason jar with pebbles, followed by soil. Plant different herbs and keep the jars in the kitchen or in your balcony.

Creating your own vertical garden from scratch against a bare wall is an accomplished DIY project. Here are a few easy steps that can help you handle this project with ease:

1. As your plants start to grow vertically, they block sunrays from reaching the plants beneath. A great solution is to plant veggies such as lettuce and spinach below. These veggies are shade loving.
 

2. When you grow foliage along a trellis, plan carefully how high you wish it to go. You will have to water the plant and perhaps even trim it. Therefore, make sure you keep it within reach.
 

3. Gather information to be fully aware of how tall the plants will be when they are fully mature. Then opt for a garden structure accordingly.
 

4. Consider the probable weight of the fully-grown plant to provide structural support. Heavy crops such as melons do need a prop underneath, like a small cloth hammock.
 

5. Vegetables and flowers not planted on the ground require a lot more water. Give the plants more mulch so that they can quench their thirst.
 

6. Use ties or clips to train your plants to grow up.

With so many advanced technologies on hand, the small space you have can be exploited to achieve a lot more than what you do. It is best to seek guidance from a landscaping expert with rich experience to get the best out of your vertical garden.