Gardening

Vertical vegetable garden

How to create a vertical vegetable garden in a few steps

The vertical vegetable garden in recent years has been spreading in cities due to the need of many individuals to rediscover the pleasure of self-producing healthy and genuine vegetables and aromatic herbs. The creation of a vertical vegetable garden is also connected to the need to tastefully decorate one’s balcony and contribute to environmental sustainability. To begin the creation of the vertical vegetable garden on your balcony or terrace, you must observe the space available in a three-dimensional key, focusing on the heights of the perimeter walls and not on the width of the base. After detecting the height of the wall where to install the vertical vegetable garden, it is important to design the structure that will house the vegetables which can be of different sizes and materials.

Which structure to choose for the vertical vegetable garden


If the vertical garden is built on a load-bearing wall, the structure to be installed can be of resistant and durable materials such as iron or wood. If, on the other hand, you decide to build your own vegetable garden on the balcony railing, it is important to buy light structures equipped with hooks to allow the natural growth of the plants and not to overload the structure too much to avoid unpleasant sagging. Companies specializing in DIY and gardening provide easy-to-assemble kits to set up your own vertical garden. The assembly kit consists of a wooden or iron structure to be fixed to the wall and shelves where you can install pots for vegetables and aromatic herbs. Alternatively, durable plastic frames are available with hooks to hang from your balcony railing.

Which vegetables to grow


The vertical garden can contain different types of vegetables or aromatic herbs, it will be enough to consider the space necessary for each individual plant in order to allow correct vegetative growth. For the vertical garden you can choose climbing species or species with low and compact growth, depending on the space available. It is not advisable to plant perennial vegetables that require constant care and periodic repotting. To start the self-production of vegetables, it is advisable to plant climbing tomatoes or zucchini; they are very resistant vegetables that grow downwards. For the production of vegetables such as lettuce or rocket, essential ingredients for fresh and genuine salads, we advise you to leave space between one plant and another to allow proper growth.

Vertical garden: Make one with recycled material


For an environmentally friendly vertical garden that does not have high costs and that is aesthetically original and innovative, you can decide to create a structure completely built with recycled material. For the vertical vegetable garden with aromatic plants you can use used plastic bottles: cut the lower part of the bottle and insert the soil and the plant, then with nails and a hammer fix the wooden boards to the wall and vertically position the bottles . For an easy and simple solution to make, you can reuse an old fabric storage compartment with pockets to create your own small vertical vegetable garden. To start, attach a metal pipe to the wall and equip it with hooks to hang your fabric storage box, then simply fill the pockets with soil and your chosen plant.

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