Vertical Gardens: Growing Up Plants In Your Home
With homes becoming smaller, there is rarely enough space for lush gardens – horizontal ones, at least.
Plants are part of our everyday lives, and for good reason. They improve the environment by absorbing pollutants from the air, and according to research conducted by the Institute for European Environmental Policy, being around nature can increase positive thoughts and lower mental distress. However, it’s not always possible to have a large garden. That’s why vertical gardens are becoming so popular. With vertical gardens, the air inside your home remains clean and there is always that added element of being surrounded by nature. In addition, unlike standard gardens, there is less concern about your pets digging through your fresh herbs.
Vertical gardens can grow on any vertical surface. Whether it’s against a wall or fence, they are ideal where there is limited gardening space – or to decorate a wall. While there are some local companies that install eco-friendly vertical gardens, such as Modiwall and Vertical Plantscapes, it’s also possible to create one yourself if you want to take a more hands-on approach. First, you need to make sure the environment you’ve chosen is the right natural habitat for the greens you want to plant. Factors such as temperature, exposure to light and adequate quality water supply are critical – much like standard gardening.
Choosing the right plants for your vertical gardens
When deciding what to plant, James Fisk – vertical gardener at Vertical Plantscapes – recommends choosing low-maintenance, water-wise plants that have a minimum lifespan of five years. Director of Vertical Veg, Marcelle Warner, adds that smaller plants are also much easier to maintain. Stay away from large plants, as these can snap and break off.
If you want to plant larger vegetables, go for trailing plants such as cucumbers and melons; they can be seeded onto the wall, before trailing off into the ground. Perennial herbs such as thyme and rosemary are also good for vertical gardens, as they can last for over two years.
Getting the structure right
There are various frameworks you can use to create a vertical garden – items such as ladders or even old drawers work well. However, your main focus should be on whether or not that framework can hold the weight of your plants and deliver water easily. An indoor vertical garden needs an irrigation system. This can get a little tricky, so if you’re not confident about installing one yourself, you should consult your nearest garden shop to do it for you. The most common choice when it comes to vertical garden irrigation is the drip system, which releases tiny drops of water onto the plants. Any excess liquid then travels to the bottom of the garden, landing in a tray to either be drained or recycled. Not only is this irrigation system cost-effective, but it’s also environmentally friendly.
Whether it’s to liven up a dull wall or to interact with nature while at the office, vertical gardens, increasingly, are the way to go. Did you know?
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