Foodies this is your chance if you don’t have a large garden – you can create your own vertical garden inside or outside and fill it with organic, home grown vegetables! Yum! Growing vegetables in a vertical garden is probably one of the most practical usages of a vertical garden and has become increasingly popular especially since Amy Goldman created a wall of lettuce for the Philadelphia International Flower Show which was 9 feet high and 40 feet wide. Her wall included 6 different variety of lettuces with 3,000 leafy heads!
The creator of lettuce vertical vegetable garden was praised because if you want to create an outdoor vegetable garden, this example showed how easy it was to access the vegetables and maintain them. A person doesn’t have to bend to use the garden and was considered perfect for baby boomer retirees who love to garden but have difficultly bending, and having a vertical garden means you give yourself the opportunity to stand up whilst you’re gardening.
The most obvious benefit about a vertical vegetable garden is that you can eat it. Also, you can include different plants to make it look beautiful. There are an array of edible plants that you can include in a vegetable vertical garden including lettuce, mixed herbs, cherry tomatoes, sage, rosemary, celery leaf and you can also add pansy’s which are lovely colorful inclusion on both a wall and in a salad.
You can organize the plants in such a manner so they look good, and you don’t need to add fertilizer as for a vegetable vertical garden you’re not trying to harvest like crazy, and also too much fertilizer for some vegetables ruins the flavor.
Top tips to growing a vertical vegetable garden:
- Pick your wall – It is most common for a vegetable garden to have a sunny wall with typically four hours per day as the starting point for a vegetable garden. However, if your wall is shady, make sure you consider what you’re growing because different plant varieties thrive in shade so you are not limited by the sun!
- Determine the look you want to achieve when you create your edible wall, there are many different types of apparatus on the market. Try woolly pockets which are known to be one of the best vertical garden solutions and are made of recycled plastic materials and often come with a mounting frame: Felt Pocket Vertical Garden
- Select your vegetables and remember the root depth of your vegetables. Consider what’s typically grown in the regional area which you live. Try foods you love and would want to cook with – remember it’s a wall you can eat. Have fun experimenting with different fruits or vegetables like small melons, broccoli, brussel sprouts, mustard seeds.
- Irrigate – if you are time poor but love your garden, it’s often wise to include an easy to install drip system which is one of the easiest ways to look after the plants on your living wall. Here’s an irrigator from uzplanters.com
For many people a garden can be a source of nutritious plants and this can be achieved via a vertical garden. Urban Zeal Planters has a fine selection of products which are suitable for creating a vertical vegetable garden.