If you enjoy growing your own veggies, Cathy Isom tells you why vertical gardening is the way to grow. She also clues you in on how to do it without putting a dent in your pocketbook. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
To grow your own fresh fruits and veggies in a garden at home you don’t need a lot of space. A backyard or even a patio. That’s because you can make your garden go up – down – and around, instead of out or horizontally at ground level – in what is known as vertical gardening.
Growing your garden up is the very best way to do it. Especially if you’re limited to walls, rails, stairs, posts, fences or anything else common in smaller dwellings. Vines don’t require a lot of space. They just need a place to climb and grow harvest that could be anything from grapes to kiwis, cucumbers or melons.
You could also suspend some potted plants from the ceiling for produce that includes, peas, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers or beans.
The possibilities are pretty endless, and you could be saving so much money by growing your own food. Not to mention how good this will be for the environment. If more and more people got on board with this idea, we wouldn’t need to truck in so much produce from far away. Which would be a lot better for the air quality.
Now, here’s how to create your vertical garden for practically next to nothing. First, figure out where you’re going to grow. Then what you’ll grow, starting with one plant at a time. For seeds, check with local seed banks or farmer’s markets. Your grow pots can include old tins, plastic containers, discarded tubes or drawers from a broken dresser, shelves. Probably your biggest expense will be the potting soil for getting started. After that, you can create your own compost at home to keep plants going in the future.
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Vertical Gardening – Simple Ideas for a Vertical Vegetable Garden
If your space is limited and you’re looking for ways to increase the amount you can grow, then vertical gardening could be the perfect solution for you.
With a little careful planning, you can create your garden so plants that are happy to grow vertically still produce an abundant harvest whilst using a fraction of the ground space.
In this video, we discuss the many different types of plants which can be grown vertically and demonstrate some simple structures you can easily build yourself to provide the support these plants will need.
If you love growing your own food, why not take a look at our online Garden Planner which is available from several major websites and seed suppliers: