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Give Vertical Gardening A Try

If you have a small space or a wall or fence that you want to beautify, a vertical garden may be just what you’ve been looking for. Vertical gardens allow you to grow anything from flowers and herbs to larger vegetable plants. It just takes a little imagination and planning.

Using a shoe storage bag is an excellent way to grow vertically.

Using a shoe storage bag is an excellent way to try vertical gardening.

What Is a Vertical Garden?

Doing vertical gardening is pretty much what it sounds like. Rather than growing horizontally on the ground or in a raised garden bed, you grow up a wall or structure. How you create your vertical garden depends on your space and your needs.

For example, you can hang several planters vertically and plant herbs and vegetables in the space. You can also position beans and vine-like vegetables and fruits against a wall and coax them to grow up the wall instead of out into the yard.

The main difference in using vertical gardening is the medium that the plants grow in. Hydroponics for example, can be a type of vertical garden. Hydroponics are plants that grow in water.

Quadraphonic is another type of vertical gardening and it mixes raising fish with your plants. That’s a bit more complicated than we’re going to get here but it’s certainly something to investigate if you love fish and gardening. Soil-based gardens are the other option.

The Benefits of a Vertical Garden

There are an abundance of benefits of vertical gardening. In addition to allowing you to use your imagination in terms of how you plant your vegetables and herbs and what you plant them in, you can have a lot of fun. Many people try to find ways to make their vertical garden artistic.

For example, you might hang white pots on a glossy black fence in a star-shaped pattern. You could also find unique items to hold your plants like old rain gutters, or you might make a vertical garden from a closet hanging shoe holder.

The other benefits include the fact that your plants are off of the ground so they’re not vulnerable to pests. They also don’t need weeding which certainly saves time and energy. You can also bring your vertical garden indoors during the colder months which may give you a longer season.

The Downside of a Vertical Garden

Downsides might include the fact that you can be limited with the size of the plants. You don’t see too many people hanging tomato or pumpkin plants on the side of a wall or a fence. Also, because the plants are hanging and they’re more exposed to the air, you may need to water them more often.

Take a look around your space and consider what you might want to grow. If you’re interested in smaller plant and you have a wall or fence that fits the bill, consider trying a little vertical gardening.

Three Ways To Get Big Yields From A Small Garden

Use Raised Beds Instead of Flat Garden Rows in Your Small Garden

Single rows of plants is the mainstay way of planting vegetables, but it is not the most efficient way. That’s because for every row, you must leave walking space between before the next row. That is a waste of a lot of space that could be used for growing crops. Planting raised beds or even beds on the flat soil will produce more and use less space. You can grow crops in several rows spaced closer together (as wide as you can reach) before stopping to leave a walkway.

Round off the Middle

Adding extra soil to the bed and rounding it off to form a small hill can add even more space to your planting area. Depending on the size of your “bed” it can give you 2 to 4 feet of extra planting area. Even in small beds that small difference can add pounds of more food to feed your family. My Grandpa Bird always planted his cucumbers, squash and potatoes in mounds of dirt. It allowed for more plants and let him harvest early new potatoes without destroying the whole plant, which was left to keep growing potatoes for the fall harvest.

Think Up

Once the ground around your feet is planted, it’s time to start growing up. Most often the space above your head is overlooked. Trellis and hanging baskets are two very simple ways to add growing space to your vegetables garden. A sunny wall or fence is a great place to place a vertical garden. Plant your peas, cucumbers, green beans at the base of a trellis and watch them grow.

This is a very handy tool for vertical gardening.  In the top openings, you can grow herbs, radishes, lettuce and other small veggies.  In the lower spaces, place some climbing bean and/or cucumbers.

Be on the look out for an old pallet, they make excellent planters for small items such as lettuce, herbs and onions. Just lean them against your fence or wall in a sunny spot. They are like magic for growing small vegetables such as radishes, chives, beets, or salad greens. Hanging baskets or growing bags [made of canvas, burlap or any sturdy material, that drains] can hold strawberries, dwarf varieties of cucumbers or green beans.

Don’t give up your dream of having a vegetable garden if all you have is a small garden space. Use your imagination and see what you can grow. Growing even 4 produce items and rotating them year around, can make a big difference in your family’s food budget. Plus think of all the salads that can come from your special small garden space. Your friends will be envious of you and your ingenuity.

Your Own Little Garden, Using Vertical Gardening

Have you ever dreamed of having your own little garden but think you do not have the space or time?  Vertical Gardening could be your answer, even if you live in an apartment or only have a few square feet of space on a patio or balcony. Yes, vertical gardening is just the thing for smaller locations.

Vertical vegetable gardening allows you to use the smallest places to produce pounds of fresh produce, season after season.

Here are some tips to get you started.
[1] You need to decide what veggies you would love to grow on your own as opposed to buying. Then you must do a little research to see if those items are a right fit for your climate and soil.

[2] Vertical vegetable gardening is not difficult as long as you have built up the necessary back knowledge. For example, in most cases, if you live up north in Montana or Alaska, growing watermelons may not be an option unless you have a greenhouse with heat.
Think more alone the lines of herbs,  climbing cucumbers or green beans. Bush plants work well for vertical gardening, also

Using a shoe storage bag is an excellent way to grow vertically.

Using a shoe storage bag is an excellent way to grow vertically.

[3] Gather as much information as you can and that includes the type of tools you will need. For most of your needs with containers and vertical gardening you will only need hand tools.

Gardening is a game of patience, for the most part.  If you remain calm and are patient you will soon be amazed at your results in your vertical garden.