Vertical gardening, also called intensive gardening, is not a new idea. However, recently this trend is actively developing with the expansion of the list of ideas about how exactly to grow such a garden. This option is especially relevant for gardeners with limited areas where you want to plant more than a few small beds.
In order for plantings to grow vertically, several important things should be kept in mind:
- Choosing the right crops plays a crucial role. Climbing and climbing plants are already prepared for growth from the ground upwards, in contrast, for example, to varieties of shrubs.
- The use of containers will also become critical when the plants mature. Their growth will stop if the pots are too small.
- It is important not to plant the plants where they will shade other crops. The best strategy would be to share the sun-loving species and those that prefer the shadow.
- The soil under vertical plants dries faster, so it needs to be watered more often.
By following these tips, you will achieve maximum benefit from vertical gardens.
Advantages of vertical gardening
The main advantage is the increased yield. The maximum space involved means a more intensive increase in yield. Taking care of plants and picking fruits also becomes much easier physically - plants reach a great height, thereby saving us from the need to bend or kneel.
Also, since foliage and fruit are elevated above the ground, they are less susceptible to disease. Due to the vertical planting, air circulation is improved, therefore, after watering the plants dry out faster, reducing the risk of catching such moisture-loving viruses as powdery mildew and rust.
Disease symptoms and signs of the appearance of pests will be more noticeable, therefore, you can take protective measures earlier. In addition, a large area of foliage is exposed to the sun, which provides a more healthy growth.
When choosing varieties for a vertical garden, consider the peculiarities of their care and their peculiarities, because the success of the whole business will depend on it.
Recommended Plants for Vertical Planting
The following are several crops that easily develop the ability to grow vertically:
- cherry tomatoes, for example, Sangold, Black Cherry, Blondkopfchen;
- Cucumber Saladin F1, Dasher 11;
- green beans;
- lima beans;
- melon( "Tiger", "Sleeping Beauty", "White Miracle", "Yellow Doll");
- peas( "sweet", "double", "supersweet");
- zucchini( zucchini, yellow summer).
Frame for vertical garden
When choosing supporting structures, consider the effects of the sun and wind force, the size of the frame and the characteristics of the plants themselves. That is, leafy plants with tendrils, such as beans, feel good on light supports, for example, on trellises and tripods, while more massive crops( for example, vines) require stronger frames. In this case, suitable arch or gazebo. Keep in mind that the building should be designed for the weight of an adult plant and well secured in order to avoid tipping over.
There are many types of supports from which you can choose the right ones. In addition to gratings, arches, tripods and pergolas, there are gazebos, wire cages, nets and pillars.
Look for recyclable materials. For example, wooden pallets that are often thrown away by stores.
Now you have an idea of what vertical gardening is. Try this method, and let only the sky be the limit for your plants!