Vertical gardening is a unique style of urban gardening, a practice of growing crops using soilless farming techniques such as hydroponics, aquaponics, and aeroponics in vertically stacked layers. It often incorporates controlled-environment agriculture, which aims to optimise plant growth with nutrients, lighting and pH. Vertical farming is perfect for high density living areas or to save space.
Vertical gardening is a fantastic way for adults and kids to enjoy gardening. It brings focus, calm, and relaxation into your life through both the growing itself and the results it will give you. All you need are some planters, a few essential tools, and your imagination. If that isn’t enough, vertical gardens usually require less time and attention than traditional ones, so you have no excuse to not give them a try.
Year Round Crop Production
Vertical farming allows us to produce more crops from the same square footage of growing area.
In fact, 1 acre of an indoor area offers equivalent production to at least 4-6 acres of outdoor capacity. The efficient use of vertical farming may perhaps play a significant role in providing fresh produce to growing population and urbanisation.
As crops are produced in a well-controlled indoor environment without the use of chemical pesticides, vertical farming allows for pesticide-free and organic crops to grow abundantly.
Indoor vertical farming can significantly lessen the amount of fossil fuels needed for farming. It also helps improve biodiversity as it does not disturb animals and trees or cause land and soil damage.
It is perfect for repurposing any vertical space such as walls, fences, and roofs. Vertical gardening expands the scope of plants you can grow in a limited space or where you perhaps have no traditional garden area to work with.
Gardens are being shaped in unique directions, from repurposing old furniture into planters to transforming birdhouses and teapots into thriving tiny gardens.
Many different houseplants, annuals, perennials, and shrubs row well vertically. There are many benefits to creating a vertical garden at home.
Grow in Non-Traditional Spaces — Vertical gardening allows you to use spaces where you otherwise couldn’t grow anything, such as walls and fences. You can place plants wherever the sun shines.
Adding Beauty and Privacy — Vertical structures can be used in creative ways to create privacy, hide unappealing areas, or add “garden rooms” or secret spaces to your outside space.
Low Maintenance — Vertical gardening makes maintaining your garden much more manageable and low maintenance. Common problems such as weeds, ground-dwelling pests, and soil-borne diseases are virtually eradicated.
Catching Rays — If your garden is shady, vertical gardening allows your plants to catch more rays and thrive far better than if grown from the ground.
Prevent Disease — Trellis climbing plants slow down the spread of soil-borne fungus and disease. Vining plants are less prone to rotting than when they are on the ground. Fresh Airflow — Growing vertically allows better air circulation to prevent mould, fungus, and other disease issues.
No Pests Allowed — Growing your plants up and off the ground keeps them out of reach of ground-dwelling pests.
Bigger Harvests — Vertically grown vining crops tend to produce larger yields than bush or patio varieties. Within Arm’s Reach — Vertical structures bring your crops up to eye level, making them easier to harvest. Plus, vegetables will hang down from their growing support, making them easier to spot.