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How to Create Your Own Vertical Vegetable Garden

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Gardening is an excellent hobby because it’s a great exercise and it makes any home seem even homier. Unfortunately, not a lot of homeowners have enough room in their property for a garden. This is true especially for those living in urban areas.

But don’t let the lack of space keep you from having a great garden. You can build a beautiful, space-saving vertical garden! Just follow these tips how:

Scour the Internet for Inspirations and DIYs

The internet is a great place for gardening enthusiasts like you! With just several tools you can get from the local hardware or scrap metals and wood from your shed, you can create nifty frames and supports to grow your own vegetable garden.

Choosing the Right Kind of Vegetables to Grow

Don’t think that space-hogging vegetables are off limits when you’re growing a vertical garden. You’d be surprised to know that most types of veggies and herbs are ideal for a vertical garden, even climbing vines or plants that bear large fruits like tomatoes, eggplants, exotic squash, and yes, even pumpkins. What we recommend is that you choose the right pots and supports for these kinds of vegetables and always trim them whenever you can in order to eliminate overgrowth.

Using Hog Wire as Plant Support

When making metal frames for your vegetables to grow, hog wire offers stable support so the plants don’t take over the whole frame. You can make a simple support by putting wooden posts six feet vertically into the ground, fastening hog wire between the post, and starting to plant climbing veggies like squash or cucumbers. As the climbing plant grows, start weaving the vines into the hog wire to add stability.

Some plants need more time in order to develop roots on vertical supports. Do not place seedlings on any vertical surface without letting them grow their roots first otherwise, they will drop to the ground and die.

Always Use Quality Compost for Your Plants

It goes without saying that you need high-quality compost to make it easier to grow vegetables. You can use well-rotted manure or compost and then mix it with topsoil. The ratio should be 80% topsoil and 20% well-rotted manure or compost. Fill your vertical garden with this combination, start installing new plants to the support to grow the roots, and water them regularly. Once the new plants have started growing roots, then you can let your support stand upright.

Draining the Water Efficiently

If you’re planting your vertical garden using pots, always make sure that the pots have holes in them so they don’t get flooded each time you water the seedlings. Too much water will kill any plant. You can also add screen wires at the bottom of the pots so the draining holes are not blocked in any way.

A vertical garden is not only fun to do and great to look at, it also makes it much easier to grow and harvest vegetables because the produce are always within reach. It’s also better for plants because the space provides an ideal condition to grow vegetables. Since the plants are off the ground, it prevents mold and soil-borne pests and diseases from affecting the vegetables and their leaves.

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