How to Start a Vertical Garden ?

11/20/2012

More often than not, individuals who live in urban communities are incapable of rearing gardens because of lack of space.

Fortunately, through the creativity and resourcefulness of the people, gardens can now be nurtured vertically—different from the traditional method but very convenient and practical.
Growing vertically is natural to plants so vertical gardening is not that difficult. As a matter of fact, you can start this hobby through simple techniques such as placing plants in baskets and hanging them on the wall or by using frames and supports to prop up the plant beds.

Well, a vertical garden or green wall is customizable, which means that you can use your ingenuity and be able to adjust your garden according to your taste and individuality.

a huge vertical garden on a house
So, to be able to maximize your indoor vertical garden, the selection of plants is indispensable. First and foremost, you have to carefully choose plants that have appropriate size and rooting system to ensure that your plant beds and frames can efficiently support the plants. Another consideration would be the location of the intended vertical garden and where it faces to allow sun-thriving plants to get the light they need and keep shade-loving plants sheltered. And to make your maintenance routine much easier, it would be best if you group your plants according to their needs—fertilizer, sunlight and water requirements.
Starting a vertical garden is definitely a good hobby for it has a lot of advantages. Well, it is given that a garden can add beauty and value to one’s home but aside from its visual charm, a vertical garden can also promote good health to the homeowners. Now, when we say garden, it means that plants and other greenery are being cultivated. These can include herbs, vegetable and fruits, promoting healthy eating for you and your family. Having more plants also insinuates that there are more places for carbon dioxide emissions and more oxygen supply for us. Engaging in vertical gardening can also encourage exercise since one needs physical movement to be able to care for the plants. But unlike horizontal gardens, this venture is easier on the back and knees because bending is not necessary.
Vertical beds do not occupy much space since the plant beds only need to accommodate the root systems of the plants. And through the use of a drip irrigation system, you can conserve water as well. Other benefits include easier access to fresh produce, less pests and diseases on plants, decreased stress levels and serene atmosphere.