Do you want a garden but lack the space necessary to grow one? That’s okay! Many people are under the impression that in order to grow vegetables, you need to have a large expanse of land. Wrong! You can actually grow a number of veggies, as well as herbs, in small areas simply by taking advantage of your vertical space. That’s right, grow up instead of out.
There are many benefits to growing veggies vertically. Watering is easy, and the plants below soak up water that drains from those above. Weeding is not an issue, and if something does pop up, it’s no problem to pluck out. And then there’s harvesting. Fresh vegetables and herbs are simpler to pick and cleaner too since they’re not laying in the dirt as in a more traditional garden bed. While you could mulch, there’s usually no need to since the plants fill up all their available space, keeping the soil nice and shaded which, again, limits weed growth and helps retain moisture.
Containers are a great way to accomplish this. Nearly anything can be grown in containers, whether hanging baskets or planters. Just choose something that accommodates the particular vegetables you’re growing (root wise) and ensure they have adequate drainage. For instance, smaller veggies like radish, lettuce and other leafy greens do fine in more shallow pots from 6-8 inches. Others, like tomatoes, peppers and potatoes prefer deeper containers with at least 12-inch depths, though that is not to say they won’t thrive in smaller ones – you’d be surprised. Vining plants like squash and cucumbers, or even strawberries, look great spilling out of hanging planters.
-placead-grow bags and wall planters work well too, as do pallets. I’ve even used old hanging shoe bags to save space. You can also opt for a vertical planting system like those offered by GreenStalk, which have tiered planting pockets for growing a variety of plants (and great for veggies). They’re stackable, so you can stick them nearly anywhere – the porch, back deck, on a balcony, etc., as they take up only about 2 square feet of space. They also have a slow drip watering system that allows water to go directly to the roots each time you irrigate.
As you can see, there are many options available to gardeners having little space. So if you want that vegetable garden, it’s more than possible to achieve.
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