Pro Tips for Vertical Gardeners

Meta-description: Whether you are an experienced vertical gardener or just started out, learning more about vertical gardening can never hurt. Here are our pro tips for you!

 
 

A simple vertical garden.

 

Getting started with your vertical garden can seem like an intimidating and confusing task, with plenty of obstacles along the way. However, what most people do not realize is that it is the most effective use of your gardening space and time.

Here are our top hand-picked pro tips for vertical gardeners:

 

Choose appropriate plants for your vertical garden

The importance of choosing suitable plants to add to your vertical garden cannot be overstated. You will want to focus on the following elements when setting up your vertical garden:

· Weight. Structure your vertical garden using lightweight plants that won’t put too much downward pressure on their container.

· Space. Opt for plants that grow vertically instead of horizontally. Bush-like plants are more appropriate for growing on the ground. Choose vining and rambling plants!

· Utility. Plants that are edible or can be used as ingredients in cooking are more preferable for beginners as it makes vertical gardening fun and interesting. 

Grid-shaped vertical garden.

 

If you’re looking for recommendations, then consider getting started with pole beans, climbing peas, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, green beans, and lima beans.

It all depends on how much space you have and the amount of commitment you are willing to put into your vertical garden.
 
Structure your vertical garden for long-term sustainability

You want to structure your vertical garden in such a manner that it can last. You want to think about sun exposure, type of plant that you are growing, wind speed, and other maintenance requirements for your plants.

 
 

Whether you are using wall support to set up your wall garden or not, avoid using heavy planters. As your plants grow, they will put more downward pressure on your plant’s container, and eventually cause it to fall down and topple over other containers. Plus, think about how long you will be living in your current location. If you are only living in your current accommodation for a few months, then avoid choosing fast-growing and demanding plants as they can get incredibly difficult to manage for short time spans. Meanwhile, if you are permanently settled, then the world is your oyster for a vertical garden.

Take out the time to maintain your vertical garden

Taking out the time for your vertical garden goes beyond simply watering it as required or changing the nutrient levels every once in a while. If you notice that your plants have started growing too close to each other, then it is time to prune them. Pruning your vertical garden is not just light trimming, it includes altering the structure of your vertical garden such that it is more aesthetic and easier to maintain. You will also want to think about the environment that your vertical garden is placed in. After all, water runoff can damage walls and floors along with increasing the likelihood of fungal growth.
 

Tidy up your vertical garden before things spiral out of control!

Conclusion

 

Maintaining a successful vertical garden requires attention to detail. It is not enough to just get started, you need to think about maintenance, structure, and plant choice to ensure that your vertical garden lasts for as long as possible.