DIY Vertical indoor gardening is a fun way to have a year round garden by growing the plants in pots up an indoor wall rather than in the ground.
Space often makes it difficult to have a garden for someone wanting fresh vegetables or herbs in an urban area. Building a self-sustaining vegetable garden is really hard if you have no yard.
The other kind of vertical growing is a living wall, it is where lush plants are suspended and nurtured to provide a beautiful appearance and to take advantage of the power of nature to purify the air. More and more cities around the world are using skyscrapers to create a vertical landscape that brings visitors from afar.
In this article, we will be focusing on DIY indoor vertical gardening; how to build, care for and maintain one for in your home.
Indoor Vertical Garden Systems: 5 Helpful Considerations
Here are five points to keep in mind on how to get started with an indoor vertical gardening system:
1) In order to stay healthy, all plants require water, sunlight, oxygen, nutrients and a controlled climate. It is actually easier to maintain these requirements with vertical gardening because you do not have the typical problems with climatic conditions (such as wind, frost, or the washing away of nutrients due to heavy rains).
You can easily give your vertical plant hanger or vertical wall planters the right amount of sunlight by placing your garden board close to a sunny area and slanting slightly (around 30 degrees). The amount of water that you need to routinely consistently care for your plants can be done on a pre-programmed schedule a dripper system or other forms irrigation method.
This is far less time consuming and does not leave the same sort of mess.
2) Buying or building a vertical garden system may be easier than you think. If you want to build the garden outdoors a fence can provide enough support to begin arranging your plants. Adding a trellis can be a perfect starting point from which to hang garden planters.
A wall facing to the south (in the Northern hemisphere) will provide the most sun for your plants. You can cut your own pots out of 2-liter plastic soda bottle, milk jugs or yogurt containers for the bottoms. On chain linked fences u-shaped hooks work well, and on wooded walls, you may need to use brackets to attach the pots to the wall. There are also special types of stainless steel containers that come ready to affix to walls.
3) If snow and rain make it difficult year round for outdoor growing, take that as an opportunity to get creative with your garden. You can begin with a cylinder shaped metal plant holder to see how you do them move up to a room divider.
As you become more confident you may want to graduate to a ceiling to floor display, remember in making transitions to consider a few important details.
First, the amount of soil used in the pot may make the plant and pot too heavy for a vertical indoor wall. There are a variety of garden wall units on the market, however, most can only use for shallow-rooted plants.
These walls are great for small plants and herbs (you'll find that proper plant selections are one of the first vertical gardening "how to" steps that you'll come to learn over time).
4) In order to keep from destroying the wall, use a separate sheet of the board to keep moisture away from the wall. Place plastic or a pleasant looking oilcloth on the board and either hang the plants or build pockets or shelves to hold the pots. If you going to hang your plants, place them at different levels from the top of the wall to cover a larger area of space.
If you're unable to place the wall facing a south facing window, you may want to use a mounted grow light on the ceiling to provide help with needed sunshine. Another technique is to string plants together and hang them from the ceiling, that way you do not have to use a board. This ceiling hanging type of indoor vertical growing is rapidly gaining in popularity.
5) The key to any of the methods that you choose is maintenance. Check your plants daily and be alert to any growth problems or rot. Following these easy vertical gardening how to guide should provide you with the information you need to get started and you can learn the rest as you go along.
You will find that growing plants vertically will give you a sense of pleasure not to mention delicious vegetables and fruit throughout the year. Here's a great video to get you inspired.
Cool Vertical Indoor Garden Video
Vertical Gardening can be easy and fun in a small space inside year round. The varieties of plant you can grow is huge, from flowers to vegetables, to herbs. Personally, I love growing fruits and vegetables indoors year round.
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