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Vertical Gardening Systems

Vertical gardening or vertical farming is cultivating plant life on a vertically inclined surface.

The idea is rather than grow outward taking up more square footage the idea is to grow upward.


It is not a new concept having been employed in ancient Babylon, however for someone with a limited footprint taking this technique into the modern garden is ideal.

With today's vertical gardening systems you can grow your own produce as long as you have somewhere bright be it a balcony porch or alley along a fence.

With vertical gardening, you train your vegetables to grow upward not out.

So what precisely is vertical gardening and why is it able to give you season after season of satisfaction and impressive crops of vegetables and fruit?

Vertical gardening depends on the proven fact that plants will grow where ever there is light nutrient elements and support.

This suggests that regardless of whether your tomato vine is growing from a pot straight up a wall it will still produce a wonderful crop for you.

Vertical gardens are ideal for going organic.

Today we can engineer ideal conditions for a given plant in a milk jug and watch it produce.

This is possible through the application of science and careful planning of your garden well before planting your first seed.

Do not be daunted though the process may appear laborious and troublesome vertical gardening is not that difficult.

After only a few weeks you'll understand almost the entire concept and after a single season, you will emerge an experienced pro at growing your own produce inside or in tiny spaces.

Imagine covering a complete wall with bean vines cucumbers and tomatoes.

Think of the health benefits you will get when you bite into your very own produce which should taste a lot better than what is available at your local big chain stores.

Vertical planter with irrigation

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6 Foot Vertical Garden System

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Vertical Vegetable Garden Ideas

Creating small vegetable gardens.

Vertical gardens are perfect for growing vegetables, the obvious reason is more plants in less space, but you can train the vines on a trellis system which will allow more light.

You will also be able to manage air circulation and prevent some diseases especially heavy vine plants like some tomatoes, cucumbers, or melons.

Not only will you save valuable horizontal space but you can craft tiny yet gorgeous garden spots around your house.

You can also create eye-appealing bounds between your yard and your neighbor's and create fascinating focal points around your yard or just your porch.

Even trellises that you put up to cover the gruesome area under your front porch can be employed to make your house more stunning.

Stack-able flower or vegetable planter

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Which Plants Can You Grow With A Trellis System? - Here are a few examples:

  1. Vertical Tomatoes Using Trellis.

    Try using indeterminate or non-bush type tomatoes that will grow and produce fruit late into the fall.

  2. Vertical Peas And Cucumbers.

    Try using non-bush varieties and secure them on a trellis system. Bush varieties will not require trellising; their vines will grow to approximately four to six feet long.

  3. How large of fruit can you trellis?

    A good rule of thumb is if it smaller than a soccer ball you can use a trellis system. Most vines will support the fruit so you should not have to worry about breakage.

  4. Vertical Squash and Mini Pumpkins.

    Small fruit or non-bush type, examples would be mini pumpkins, buttercup squash, and most types of acorn are suited for trellising.

Vertical Flower Systems

Vertical gardens typically have more constrained root space than those in the ground so find a system that has masses of root space for your vegetables and you will be off to an excellent start.

If you've ever grown vegetables in pots you may know how important it is to keep the soil potting media temperatures and moisture levels as even as practicable.

Plants that become heat or water-stressed quickly lose power leafy veggies often bolt to seed in these conditions leading to extremely poor production.

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Garden Wall Designs Using Pockets

Creating a vertical wall garden with recycled materials.

Now you can create your own lush oasis right in the privacy of your patio or living room with this 8 Pocket Vertical Garden.

These very resilient, full pocket panels are excellent for growing your own herbs, flowers, and vegetables! This vertical garden is made from 100% recycled materials.

Each set of pockets can feature different textures and colors to complete an entire landscape on a wall or fence!

Vertical Garden Ideas - 5 Reasons They Make Sense

Advantages of vertical growing.

More gardeners are implementing vertical gardening for a considerable number of reasons.

You may have heard of the roof gardens a growing number of bistros are implementing.

Or maybe you've even seen one of the wall gardens that are showing up in metro areas around the globe.

1. Making Full Use Of Your Limited Garden Space.

One of the most important and common reasons to grow gardens vertically is to use the space you have available.

More people simply don't have the space for a standard in-ground plant garden in their backyards.

As a fact, an increasing number of people don't actually have a yard to really talk of and are left with making an attempt to grow vegetables and herbs on their balconies steps or rooftops.

2. Keep Undesired Animals Out Of Your Garden.

Maybe you have an area for a little raised garden bed but your area cats think it's a litter box.

Or does your puppy love how simple it is to bury her treasures in the loose soil?

With a small amount of space for your garden you definitely can't stand losing a little of your plants to animals.

If you have the option to increase your garden space by using vertical space such as walls deck rails or fences then your garden becomes beyond reach to your tiny furry ones.

3. Reduce The Presence Of Insects and Diseases.

Most plant sicknesses are at first contracted from direct contact with the soil.

By coaching your vine plants to grow vertically or in hanging planters not only do you keep the vegetation and fruits off of the ground but they also benefit from more air movement.

Air circulation helps keep fungal and insect infestations at a minimum if not stopped altogether.

Since plants growing vertically tend to be more healthy they are going to grow bigger lusher and produce a bigger bounty.

4. Less Stress On Your Back.

By knowing how high a plant will grow and planning accordingly you can save yourself from bending over to pick your fruit and veg. The ideal system would put less strain on your back.

5. Hide Ugly Areas Of Your Outside Landscape.

There are several structures that are important in maintaining your house and yard e.g. a tool shed chain link fence waste cans or an outdoor compost pile.

An open compost pile may be essential in working on your garden but surely is a subtraction to a beautiful landscape.

By using trellises and or arbors you can create a beautiful living wall of plants that will hide these unsightly areas and add to the beauty to the remainder of your landscape.

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Vertical farming a solution for feeding millions.

Commercial applications.

It is estimated by the year 2050 approximately eighty percent of the world's population will live in urban areas.

If we use conservative estimates taking into consideration the current trends the population will increase by approximately three billion people, those are a lot of mouths to feed.

With the current farming practices, it would take approximately twenty percent more land than is represented by Brazil to grow the food necessary to feed the increase!

Currently, throughout the globe over eighty percent of the land that can be used to raise crops is being used, history has shown that fifteen percent of the land is wasted by poor management.

So what is the answer to the future of farming?

Vertical farming!

DIY Vertical Green Wall

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Paula Hite from Virginia on February 24, 2014:

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May Matthew on May 01, 2013:

These are great ideas and are very useful for my garden, as there never seems to be enough space for new additions. Thank you for this great lens!

ismeedee on April 26, 2013:

Wow, this is exactly what I need as I have so limited space in my garden and I keep thinking if only I could use the walls... well, now I see how I can do that!!

anonymous on April 18, 2013:

I have never seen vertical gardening to this extent and you have presented it beautifully! I'm thinking the deer may appreciate it to so they don't have to bend down so far but that's just another problem to solve with maybe a little netting and still have it look nice. I love the kitchen wall garden, it just says fresh and yummy to me...I could really hear it ! :)

Rodaussie on April 17, 2013:

great ideas. For me who live in a unit... it is perfect to have vertical gardens

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on April 04, 2013:

Lovely vertical garden ideas and lens, wahponywoo!

Constantimo on March 31, 2013:

Fantastic lense, and I love the idea of vertical gardening, similar in some ways to Raised Bed Gardening which is a topic much discussed on the Planterspost.com website

williamwiley11 on March 28, 2013:

I just wanted to bring some sunshine to all of you lives and say how wonderful you are :)

Gardener Don on March 28, 2013:

Great lens - especially when I saw the piece on Vertical Gardening Books, clicked through & saw my book featured. May you get tons & tons of visits & a few click through like I did.

Takkhis on March 28, 2013:

Great gardening idea! Yes i am familiar with this :)

meganst on March 26, 2013:

Your lens is so thorough and informative. I learnt a lot about vertical gardening. What I loved the most was the old cupboard, turned into a vertical planter for flowers or herbs - marvellous!

meganst on March 26, 2013:

Your lens is so thorough and informative. I learnt a lot about vertical gardening. What I loved the most was the old cupboard, turned into a vertical planter for flowers or herbs - marvellous!

DebW07 on March 18, 2013:

What great ideas, I really like the free standing wall planter.

katiecolette on March 18, 2013:

A neighbor of ours has just put up a vertical garden planter, using painted ceramic pots. I was just admiring it this morning.

VirginiaR on March 10, 2013:

You have some great ideas here. It's time to start thinking of gardening. Hooray.

Steven (author) from Las Vegas on March 10, 2013:

@halloweenprops: Thanks for visiting ... I have been hatching ideas all winter... waiting to get started once winter releases its hold.

halloweenprops on March 10, 2013:

Love these vertical gardening ideas. I've been wondering what to do with my garden this year, so I'm seeing this at the right time!

drcarl on March 05, 2013:

@wahponywoo2: We are welcoming the sun and warmth here in the Pacific Northwest as well. I find it sad that some states have made it illegal to collect rain water. Absurd, eh? That was true a couple of years ago. Something about water rights and The Government owning them. Same deal for air! Some say we don't have any rights to the air we breath! Here's a link (I'll have to lean if I can embed a link in comments) http://www.naturalnews.com/029286_rainwater_collec...

Regardless, as I'm sure you know, catchment water often needs several stages of filtration, unless, of course, one doesn't mind consuming acid rain and/or radiologicals.

Finally, I bet consuming vertical produce inhibits horizontal girth, er, growth.

Steven (author) from Las Vegas on March 05, 2013:

@drcarl: Thanks for stopping by... something I am going to start this spring is gathering rainwater... be glad when winter is over..

drcarl on March 05, 2013:

I'm squid-liking this before I have even read it - ON PRINCIPLE! lol. I no longer mow a lawn. Instead, I grow things I can EAT! I also filter my garden water as is evidenced by my first lens here: http://www.squidoo.com/garden-hose-water-filter . I don't think chlorine or lead have any place on my organic produce. Here comes the sun! Bring it!

LadyDuck on March 05, 2013:

Your lens was really helpful, it's a great idea to start a vertical garden, it saves a lot of space.

Steven (author) from Las Vegas on February 25, 2013:

@WhatsTheBuzz LM: Thanks for visiting it is very much appreciated, I can't wait for winter to go away... so I can get started ... have a lot of new ideas I came across over the winter.

WhatsTheBuzz LM on February 25, 2013:

I have a friend that is trying out vertical gardening. I will have to send a link to your lens.

Peter Messerschmidt from Port Townsend, WA, USA on February 24, 2013:

That is very creative and cool-- wish I'd known more about this when I was living in Portland and had an impossibly tiny back yard... still some ideas I'm going to use here; good way to not only use a fence, too... but to cover up eyesores, as well.

Jen from California on February 22, 2013:

Very creative ideas! Space really isn't an excuse not to have a little garden.

Steven (author) from Las Vegas on February 18, 2013:

@SandraWilson LM: Thanks for stopping by :) It is a great solution not only for someone like myself with limited space but it also has great promise for commercial use as well imagine a farm using this method ... how much more food could be produced in a small footprint.

SandraWilson LM on February 18, 2013:

Lots of good information here for anyone thinking about gardening. Thank you. Love the idea of lots done in little space.

Steven (author) from Las Vegas on February 18, 2013:

@ItayaLightbourne: Thanks for stopping by ... as I watch the snow falling outside I wonder if spring is EVER going to come so I can get my garden started... I did spot the first robin so there is hope :)

Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on February 18, 2013:

Wonderful vertical gardening ideas! Growing vertically can encourage many people to grow their own vegetables and plants when they have little space. :)

Steven (author) from Las Vegas on February 18, 2013:

@dingbat1932: No I have not but like all other plants maintaining the proper ph balance is important as well as the media used... I am not sure an orchid will tolerate being in water all the time ... so it may require a drip method so they have a chance to dry out ... I have read about some gardeners using the method and claimed their orchids bloomed every time ... I plan to try it at some point since I love orchids... thanks for visiting.

dingbat1932 on February 18, 2013:

Lovely lens. Have you tried Seramis in any aquaponics?

jayavi on February 14, 2013:

Wow such nice idea !!! Thanks

Fay Favored from USA on February 13, 2013:

So many good ideas I'd like to try this year. Thanks for all the information and tips.

MissKeenReviewer on February 08, 2013:

Very nice- love to do this and your tips are truly helpful. Good lens!

Steven (author) from Las Vegas on February 04, 2013:

@darciefrench lm: Thank you for stopping by it is appreciated, I am waiting every so impatiently for spring to arrive I have plotting ideas all winter :)

darciefrench lm on February 04, 2013:

Brilliant ideas for gardening here :D

DirtnapJoe LM on January 28, 2013:

Verticle gardening is on this coming growing seasosns agenda. Saving a back from discomfort is the main reason. thanks for the ideas

anitabreeze on January 27, 2013:

I love this lens. We have a local library that has a living wall on one entire side of the building and I just love it!

rydercroft on January 26, 2013:

Great lens - love the Living Wall Planter!

anonymous on January 15, 2013:

You have put it very nicely, love the concept of vertical gardening for constrained space.

anonymous on January 14, 2013:

Wonderful work!

suepogson on January 04, 2013:

Beautiful stufff - I'm going to go and throw herbs up the wall instantly!

anonymous on December 10, 2012:

Vertical gardening just makes me want to JUMP FOR JOY!!! thank you for this rich and zesty lens. :-)

Joanie Ruppel from Keller, Texas on November 26, 2012:

I have never seen this before. What a wonderful way to garden for all the reasons you listed. Nice lens!

anonymous on November 26, 2012:

The new house we just had built came with a small backyard. I think I am going to have to try some vertical gardening for the herbs I would like to grow.

Steven (author) from Las Vegas on November 08, 2012:

@shellys-space: It is an awesome idea being studied as a commercial farming solution.... think of all the veggies you could produce in a single square acre. Thanks for stopping by :)

Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on November 08, 2012:

I have always wondered if vertical gardening works. Thanks for the helpful tips and nice photos!

GardenIdeasHub LM on November 02, 2012:

Your ideas about vertical gardening are really great!

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