There are several vertical gardening ideas that can you make use of to grow a large number of plants in a limited space. A vertical garden allows you to work upwards instead of outwards, and this not only helps to increase the yield of your crops but also ensures that all plants get the necessary amount of sunlight, water and attention. Plants in a vertical vegetable garden are easier to cultivate, tend and harvest, and can be grown in all sorts of containers. Here are four ideas to help you get started:
Shelves can be fitted in a balcony or on apartment walls. Plants in containers should be placed on the shelves. Slatted shelves should be used over other types of shelves available. Slatted ones promote better circulation of air. Excess water can trickle from the upper shelves to the lower ones. The vertical vegetable garden can be positioned in such a way that all shelves receive adequate amounts of sunlight. The garden can be grown to take advantage of all available space on the wall.
2. Gardening Poles
Gardening poles can be placed in strategic places on the apartment’s balcony or even in the living area. This adds to the beauty of the apartment. Decorative climbing plants or pole beans can be allowed to climb up the poles, while corn stalks can be positioned against the poles. Larger plants such as pumpkins can be grown at the base of the poles.
3. Hanging Baskets
Hanging baskets can be placed on balconies or hangers. A wide variety of trailing vegetables such as peppers, cherry tomatoes and sweet potato vines can be grown in these baskets. Since baskets are prone to drying, they should be watered regularly.
Trellises can be used to support trailing plants and vines. A makeshift trellis such as a stepladder can be used to support plants such as beans, peas and tomatoes.
A vertical vegetable garden can be a boon for city dwellers because it can surround them with beauty and provide them with fresh produce, without taking up precious floor space.