Oh, Grow Up! Vertical Gardening – Tips & Inspiration
Finally, a reason to grow up.
Vertical gardening is super-hot right now, though not at all a new idea. Just like skyscrapers jam-pack people into tight living quarters in big cities where space is at a premium, vertical gardening allows those with little ground space to make the most of their garden by utilizing their “sky space.”
When planning out your vertical garden, consider…
Vertical Support – Trellises, cages, bamboo, wood, steel, pvc pipe – make sure they are stable, secure, and able to support the weight of the plant and its fruit. Teepees are also fun if you have the right space!
Horizontal Support for Vertical Supports – Coated wire, clothesline, net, twine (compostable!), chicken-wire,
Varieties and Plants’ Needs - The taller you grow vertically, the more shade the structure will create for everything else below. Consider this when you choose what to plant where; use the top and most south-facing areas for sun-loving plants, and take advantage of the shade you create to nurture shade lovers. Also try to stick with plants with shallower, less complex root systems.
Ready for some inspiration?