Vertical Gardening is nowadays getting very popular among the gardeners. Particularly with urban people where the space for gardening is very limited. But to many of us, it is still only a combination of two words with so much mystery surrounded by it. Through this blog, I made an attempt to demystify the concept of Vertical Gardening and make people motivated enough to start doing it.
Vertical gardening is an innovative, effortless, and highly productive gardening technique, that utilizes various resources to allow a plant to grow vertically rather than along the surface of the horizon. If you have some empty wall or bare fence you can beautify those by applying Vertical Gardening techniques.
Edibles, annuals, per-annuals whatever is your choice you can apply vertical gardening to almost every possible container plant. Most of the plants can grow without any support, in some cases like Ivy or some particular vegetables you need to provide some sort of support in the form of stakes, cages etc in order to grow properly.
As with any other type of gardening efforts, vertical gardening requires choosing a location with plenty of natural sunlight (for details on the effect of sunlight on vegetable growth click here), rich soil, ample water supply.
Whether your garden is very large or tiny, you can make better use of every square inch by using vertical gardening techniques to grow upright crops. Varieties such as Pole beans typically produce twice as many beans as bush varieties if given proper conditions to grow.
In terms of growing food plants in a vertical garden, Cucumber, Bell Pepper, and Tomato plants are excellent examples of vertical gardening. A simple wire cylinder works very well for supporting all three. Growing ivy in walls or fencing is a very common example of using vertical gardening concept for decorative and landscaping purpose.
Following are some of the many benefits that come along with Vertical Gardening:
By shrinking the amount of Garden space required, Vertical gardening saves time and work. Activities such as weeding, watering, fertilizing, and controlling pests and diseases are reduced considerably, while yields are increased considerably.
With Vertical gardening methods, you’ll also discover that many ground-level plants pair beautifully with climbing plants, so you can combine different types of plants to create a lush curtain of flowers, foliage, and bounty.
Moreover, a veining vegetable is capable of continuous yields the more you pick, the more the plant forms new flowers and fruit to prolong the harvest. A bush variety, by contrast, will exhaust itself within 2 to 3 weeks.
As you do not need to bend frequently to work on your garden it removes any later problem of lower backache.
It is much, much more fun way to work in a vertical garden than in a traditional garden. Check out Five most popular gardening Styles in this video:
Vertical gardening is very useful for decorative purposes and landscaping designs.
This is just a basic idea about Vertical Gardening. I will add some more detail on the same in my later blogs.
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