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Basics of Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardening has become a popular type of gardening. The basics of vertical gardening are very simple to learn. In fact, many people grow vertical gardens, known as living walls, in their homes to add an exotic or wilderness touch to the décor. Vertical gardens are also great for small yards.

  • Structures and Framework: The type of structure that the plants will be growing on is very important. The framework must be able to sustain the weight of the plants and the growing medium chosen. Many gardeners will use wire mesh to strengthen the framework. Common outside structures include trellises and arches. Indoor vertical gardens will require a waterproof casing. Otherwise water damage will occur.

  • Growing Medium: The growing medium is basically where the plants will take root. A natural growing medium such as soil, compost and a blend of Living Walls soil/substrate blend works best. There are, however, synthetic growing mediums available. Moss can be used to keep the growing medium from fall out of the framework. Simply tuck the moss in around the plants, and allow it to grow.

  • Plants: Almost every plant can be grown in a vertical garden. Gardeners should consider several things when choosing their plants. Plants that grow large will become very heavy on the framework. Fast growing and spreading plants will require more often trimmings to keep them in bounds. Also, some plants have tight condensed root systems. These types of plants are great starter plants for vertical gardens.

  • Irrigation System: Vertical gardens that are constructed indoors will need some type of irrigation system. Irrigation systems normally disperse water from the top and use plastic tubing running down the garden. Outdoor vertical gardens can have an irrigation system or be watered like a traditional garden.

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