No Room To Grow A Garden Out? Try A Vertical Garden!

Many new residences being built are designed on the principle of larger homes on smaller lots. You might think that only having a small space to work in puts an end to any big gardening dreams, but if you set your sights a bit higher, you’ll find that it’s possible to have a unique outlet for your green thumb instincts: a vertical garden.

Vertical gardening is a new trend that is literally on the rise. It’s exactly what it sounds like – creating a green space that goes up, not out.vertical garden concept with mason jars clamped to boards

Benefits of Vertical Gardening

Some of the benefits of going with a vertical garden are that it takes up less of your yard’s real estate and it can mean less bending over, if you’re having issues with your back and knees. Even if space isn’t a concern in your yard, it can also just create a different look.

One of the best things about vertical gardening is that it really does open up a world of possibilities.

Vertical Garden Concepts

Some people have built their vertical gardens using a blank wall on an existing structure, such as a garden shed or a fence.

You could also try it with a freestanding structure. If you don’t want to build one specifically for this purpose, think about other items you could use for a similar effect, such as an A shaped ladder or leaning a bookshelf against a wall.

Some folks have been re-purposing old furniture for their vertical gardens, such as a chest of drawers or a desk.

There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re planning your vertical garden.

vertical garden concept with tube troughs and potsMake sure you don’t plant higher than you can water and weed. Or if you have your heart set on a 50 foot vertical garden, at least consider putting in a watering or irrigation system. Vertical gardens tend to need more watering than their traditional counterparts.

Vertical Garden Tips and Tricks

One of the best ways to keep your vertical garden healthy is by giving it the best soil. We recommend BigYellowBag Black Garden Soil, which is proven to help plants grow bigger and healthier.

Remember that plants are like kittens, in the sense that kittens eventually turn into cats. Plants grow as well, and get heavier. Make sure your vertical garden is structurally secure enough that your plants won’t outgrow their home when they reach maturity.

Research how different plants grow so you have an idea of what they’ll ultimately look like if you’re after a specific effect. For instance, if you want a fairly contained garden, you need to know that ivy will give you a ‘draping’ effect.

Finally, it’s important to know that once you fall in love with vertical gardening, it will be hard for you to stop!

Cameron Shimoda

Garden and Soil Enthusiast