Creating a Vertical Garden

Decorated wall vertical garden, Background.Have you considered adding a vertical garden to either your house or outdoor space? Vertical gardens can be a great option for smaller outdoor spaces, indoor spaces, or to hide something in your yard. They allow you to have a broader range of greenery in a smaller space.

There are many different types of vertical gardens. There are those that are an array of hanging plants at different levels, a display leaning against the wall, something attached to the wall, and even some seem like the wall itself. You have many options on building the space where the plants will live, you can either purchase a premade set up, or take the do it yourself (DIY) route.

However, before you start designing your vertical garden, you must decide if you want your garden inside or outside and what plants you wish to grow. Is your vision to have house plants in various places to liven up your space, do you want a herb garden to use when cooking, or do you want tomatoes and spinach at your fingertips? It is important to pick the plants first so you can build your vertical garden structure to best suit their survival.

If you want your vertical garden inside, you will need to pick plants that can live with less sunlight and cooler temperatures. Setting up your garden near a window, either directly in front of it, on the side, or on it will be important to help the plants grow so be sure you have the space to do so. Even plants that require minimal light require some light to survive. If you want a vertical garden outside, you will want to make sure the area you pick is getting enough light, but also not too much light. If you live in a city area where there are many buildings surrounding you, you will want to pick plants that require minimal light to survive. If you get a lot of direct sunlight you might want to pick plants that can handle the intense light and set up a consistent water source. If your area gets no light an alternative option is artificial plants.

Some good plant options for indoors include pothos, peace plants, succulents, spider plants, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, sage, tomatoes, spinach, carrots, onions, and garlic. These plants typically grow better in smaller containers and in lower light then other plants and should survive better in the indoor vertical garden. Be sure you are selecting plants that have the same light requirements and growing rates. With a vertical garden, all of the plants share a similar space, so it is important to ensure that they are all getting what they need. If some grow too fast, they may overshadow the slower growing plants, delaying their growth even further or killing them off all together. For outdoor gardens there are many more options for plants so just make sure they have the same needs. Having plants that have the same needs will allow your garden to grow and flourish overtime.

Now that you have picked your setting and plants you can design the garden itself. There are many options for a vertical garden. Indoors you can go something as basic as shelves, hanging pots, stackable platers, or something as grand as self-watering planters. For outside you have the same options, but they expand into wood palate gardens, fabric, trellises and more.

Vertical garden set ups can really go as far as your imagination can take you. The only things you need to keep in mind, is you will need to use potting soil and fertilizer to give the plants nutrients and water regularly. This is more important the smaller the plant holder is. The smaller the plant holder the less opportunity the plant has for nutrients, because of this you need to ensure you refresh the nutrients and water frequently.

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