Want to know how to start a vertical garden? If you don’t think you have enough space to start your own garden, this may be the answer!
Starting a Vertical Garden
I have many friends who wanted to start their own garden but couldn’t because of lack of space. Being a homesteader, I know that one obstacle should not stop you from getting what you want, so I suggested they do vertical gardening. If you also want to give this space-saving garden a try, then find out the basics. From watering options to the best kinds of plants, I’m sure you’ll have it ready in no time!
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Saving Space with Vertical Gardens
Vertical Gardening Options: Store-Bought and DIY
- Pocket Gardens
Lying flat to the wall, these planters boast room for soil, and take up very little space.
- Hanging Baskets
No ground space needed, great for tiny balcony gardens.
- Old Pallets (DIY Option)
On its side, a pallet can house planting shelves. Staple thick landscape fabric between the frames.
- Guttering (DIY Option)
Suspend from chains or rope, or fix to a wall to create long, shallow planter.
The Best Plants for Your Vertical Garden
Constraints of the Vertical Garden:
- Small space for soil means it can dry out faster.
- There’s less room for plant growth—look for plants with maximum flavor impact.
Drought Tolerant, Highly Flavored Plants:
- Dwarf Rosemary
- Trailing Tomatoes
- Bedding Geraniums
Watering Systems for Vertical Gardens
Tower garden success depends on watering.
- Half Bottles
The top half of a plastic bottle, buried upside-down in the soil, with two holes drilled through the cap. Water funnels straight to the roots. Great for thirsty tomatoes!
- Ice Cubes
Ice cubes will melt and water slowly, reducing runoff. Great technique for re-wetting dried-out baskets too.
- Drip Irrigation
If you have lots of containers consider watering them using a pipe with drip attachments. At the turn of a tap every pot is automatically watered. You can attach a timer to the tap if you are going on holiday.
Do you think you’ll be starting your own vertical garden? Let us know below in the comments! 🙂
Want to stick to tower garden instead?
Get ideas here: 27 Tower Garden Ideas For Your Homestead