When you think of a garden, chances are you’re visualizing a vast area filled with all sorts of herbs, ornamental and flowering plants, and trees. But did you know that you can still grow a lush and beautiful garden even if you’re tight on space?
Vertical vegetable gardening is a method of growing plants on fixtures such as walls, rails, stairs, posts, fences, and the like. They often come in a wide variety of names including living green walls, live walls, and moss walls.
But no matter what they are called, they function the same way. They allow you to grow an impressive garden without the need for occupying a large space. They can be placed in small office, apartment rooftops, or even tiny backyards.
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Vertical Vegetable Gardening
If you’re wondering if this is for you then keep on reading. I’ve compiled a list of the best reasons why you should start a vertical garden. Let’s get started!
You Can Maximize Limited Space
It doesn’t take much to start a vertical garden. You can dedicate a small corner at home or in your office lobby just for it. As long as you have the right supports, then your vertical garden can grow like a champ!
You Can Raise Healthier Plants
The problem with growing plants traditionally on the ground is that they can be prone to pests, diseases, and damage due to pests or wild animals. However when you raise plants off the ground, you not only increase air circulation but you also decrease the odds of soil-transferred diseases and animals digging up your plants.
You Can Grow More Types of Plants
Believe it or not, you can actually grow more plants in a vertical garden than in a typical one. Some plants tend to take up a lot of space unless you let them grow upwards, particularly vines and climbers which means it’s perfect for vegetable gardening. You can also train some types of fruit trees to grow on a fence or in a wall-hugging form.
This means you can have more variety in your garden despite having limited space to grow it.
You Can Have a Higher Crop Yield
Espaliered fruit trees (crops that are grown on walls) tend to produce more fruit than by weight than traditionally grown ones. This is particularly true for apple and pear trees. Since branches are grown horizontally, fruiting spurs happen resulting in bigger yields.
It Relieves You From Urban Heat
If you live in the city, chances are you are living in a significantly warmer area because of the various human activities there. But with a vertical garden in your home, you can escape from this urban heat.
It Improves the Air Quality in Your Immediate Area
For many people, all the hard work associated with traditional gardening can deter them from enjoying this activity. However with a vertical garden, you don’t have to worry about digging and raking and weeding for hours.
Upkeep is generally lighter so if you’re new to gardening or if you’re physically unable to perform traditional gardening activities then this is a great option for you. The process of fertilizing, watering, pruning, and harvesting becomes simpler thanks to the format used in this gardening technique.
You Can Use Vertical Vegetable Gardening as a Room Divider
Vertical gardens can be functional pieces for your home. If you plant an indoor version of this garden, you can use it as a beautiful room divider. Just remember to use a wheeled structure so you can place in in a sunnier spot when needed.
You Can Add Aesthetic Visual Appeal to Any Space
Plants, in general, add a certain appeal to any home. But when you have a vertical garden, you can elevate the visual appeal of your living space. You can play with colors, shapes, and sizes to come up with a visually-arresting piece of nature right in your own home.
You Can Grow a Garden Even If Your Area has Poor Quality Soil
The truth is a great garden starts with great soil. However, not all areas are blessed with loamy soil that plants love to grow in. However when you choose vertical vegetable gardening, you can still grow a lush garden even if the soil conditions in your area is not ideal. All you need is potting mix. Alternatively, you can grow plants hydroponically on your vertical garden.
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