If you are looking for ways to save space in your garden, or if you are a renter looking for a way to grow vegetables in a tight area, then a vertical garden may be the perfect solution for you. Vertical gardening is achieved by using hanging planters, trellises, cages and other vertical planting methods.
There are many advantages to growing vegetables in a vertical garden.
For those who are living in an area where digging in the ground is not an option, the vertical garden is a great alternative. Not only do these gardens require absolutely no ground alteration when grown in hanging planters or on trellises, but they also take up very little room on a small porch or balcony.
No Ground Contact
If you have gardened the traditional way in the past, you know contact with the ground is not ideal for your produce. By planting vertically, avoiding ground contact is guaranteed, and the threat of rotting or damaged produce is minimal (if not non-existent).
Watering, pest control and working with soil is much easier with a vertical garden. While some plants need to be watered and fed frequently, this is a simple trade-off to the many other tasks necessary for maintaining a traditional ground covered garden.
Growing directly in the ground calls for a lot of work when it comes to weeding and maintaining plants. However, when growing using a vertical garden container or trellis, the need for weeding is nearly non-existent.
This is similar to the effects of container gardening with potting or garden soil. There are instances where these containers and vertical gardens can be moved and successfully grown indoors, where the chances of being overtaken by weeds is less of a threat.
Harvesting produce from vertical gardens is much easier than harvesting ground cover. Not only does this growing method save strain on your back, but the task is also much quicker to complete.
What to Grow
Climbing and non-climbing plants be successfully grown in a vertical garden. Line a trellis with a variety of hanging plant pots and containers. Popular produce choices include:
For a successful vertical garden, remember that most produce needs at least 6 hours of natural sunlight per day. If your garden is small enough, you may be able to relocate your plants to maximize their sun exposure throughout the day.