Tips for Growing Produce in a Vertical Garden
When someone mentions home gardening, what is the first thing that comes to mind? A large empty plot of land that has been tilled to perfection with row upon row of seedlings? Is home gardening synonymous with “large backyard’ for you? If so, what if I told you you could grow as much delicious, fresh produce as you’d like even if you live in an apartment. You might think I was crazy. The fact is that you can grow as much produce as you’d like, even from an apartment by utilizing vertical produce gardening techniques. Intrigued? Vertical produce gardening relies on minimal space to maximize production of fresh fruits and vegetables from the comfort of your windowsill or balcony. Did you know that with the right techniques, you can have tomato and cucumber vines covering the outer walls of your apartment? It is true, as many successful home gardeners can attest. Read on for some tips on how you can maximize the efficiency of your very own vertical produce garden.
The key principal behind growing produce vertically is by using pots and other containers to hold and suspend soil one on top of another instead of spreading them out like in a traditional gardening plot. When you suspend pot upon pot of soil, you have a hanging garden set up that can support many times more plants than is normally possible for a given square foot of floor space. Vertical produce gardening relies on suspension of not only pots, but growing plants as well! This means that you will need to read up on pot and plant suspension if you really want to maximize the effectiveness of your own vertical garden. Imagine covering an entire wall with vine upon vine of cucumber, tomatoes, and peas. This is all possible with vertical produce gardening!
Another principal you need to keep in mind is the nature of the area in which you live. There are gardening zones which are appropriate for any given vegetable. This means that some vegetables will grow better in your area than others, and many vegetables will grow poorly in your area, if at all simply due to the climate. Before embarking on your quest for home gardening, it is a good idea to make a list of the possible vegetables you would like to grow at home, and then do a bit of research on each item in your list. You will find that some of them are well suited to your area’s climate, while others need a different climate to grow properly. It is always good to work with nature as opposed to against it, especially when trying to make nature produce for you! Vertical produce gardening is not much different that conventional produce gardening in this respect, except for the fact that you may be growing much of your produce inside. This will give you a bit more flexibility in terms of climate because plants grown inside will always stay a bit warmer than those subjected to the outside environment.
If you decide you would like to grow your own produce at home, but do not have an expansive back or front yard, vertical produce gardening may be just the option for you. With a bit of diligence and perseverance, you will be proudly harvesting your own crop of fresh produce in no time at all. Good luck.