Growing an Indoor Vertical Vegetable Garden

Gardens have been around for the longest time. It is a way to beautify, a way to make ready-to-eat vegetables available without having to go anywhere, and it is also a way to be closer to nature. Many people living in the city without enough ground space to make a garden have resorted to different growing methods. One of which is the indoor vertical gardens.

What is an indoor vertical vegetable garden?

Indoor Vertical Vegetable Garden

An indoor vertical garden is often a living or green wall. These are made by using stackable planters to hold the plants in place. A special kind of panel is also used. The plants can be grown hydroponically, in a substrate, or the soil. Vertically grown gardens take space on the wall instead of on the floor like normal gardens. Having a vertical garden doesn’t mean one will be without all the benefits a large garden provides. They serve as a decoration, provide you with fresh vegetables, and are great air purifiers.

Growing an Indoor Vertical Vegetable Garden

Using various vertical garden growing methods, one can grow an indoor vertical vegetable garden. Tomatoes, peas, cucumbers, beans, etc., are examples of vegetables you can grow on a trellis, one method of growing vegetables. So, if you intend to go for a trellis, you need to make sure it is strong enough to hold what you’ll be planting. You can put your plant pots on a shelf or the ground or secure them to the wall at different heights. Most people prefer to build a trellis or netting by themselves but make sure you know what you’re doing if you don’t want your plant pots to crumble down.

Your preferred vegetables to grow must be carefully considered, as you need to consider lighting (sunlight) and how much of it your trellis can hold. If you’re looking to grow tomatoes or cucumbers, then you may need more support for your trellis as they grow.

Peas and beans require less support as they grow because they are light, but they need space. Ultimately, your indoor vertical vegetable garden can have any vegetable as long as there is enough support so that you don’t wake up to a loud crashing sound in your home.

Methods of growing an indoor vertical vegetable garden

There are several methods that you can employ to grow your vertical garden. However, it depends on the space you have. Any vegetable grown in a large garden can also be grown in a container. And any container can be used to grow your vegetables. You have to find a way to line them up against the wall.

Shelves

Shelves have often been used for vertical vegetable gardens because of their flexibility. Now, depending on its height and size, a shelf  You can easily place your container-grown plants on the shelf without worrying about how much light or air can reach them. Shelves allow for good air and light circulation. It also allows for easy watering, so much so that even if the top plant pots are overly watered, they will trickle down to the ones at the bottom. However, you need to provide a way that water drains from the containers so that they don’t become waterlogged. That is not good for your plants.

If you are not a fan of shelves, you can consider hanging baskets or trellises.

Trellises

We have mentioned trellises in previous paragraphs; let’s now see how they can be used. Trellises are often used to support vines or trailing crops. In most cases, a fence can serve as a trellis, but since we are talking about an indoor vertical vegetable garden, an improvision is needed. Trellises can be constructed in whatever form or shape you want; the point is to support trailing crops like cucumbers, squash, peas, beans, etc. They are great for vertical space and can even be used to train vine-growing plants.

Hanging baskets

Hanging baskets are great for vegetable plants with trailing characteristics. The only thing about hanging baskets is that they dry out easily, so water the plants in them regularly. Hanging baskets are great for cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, peppers, etc. If you like overhead trailing crops, the hanging baskets are just what you need. However, make sure they are exposed to enough light and air.

Indoor Vertical Vegetable Garden

Why try vertical vegetable gardening?

So, what are the benefits of the advantages of vertical gardening? Below are some of the reasons you should give vertical gardening a try, especially if you just don’t have the space for traditional gardening methods.

1. A vertical garden saves you space.

This is an obvious reason, especially if you live in the city. Most people want a garden, but they don’t have the space. An alternative to this is a vertical garden. It is more like one of the reasons why skyscrapers were built-running out of land? Go up! This applies because you can save space by taking your garden through a vertical route and still enjoy all the fresh vegetables, berries, and fruits you’d get from a traditional garden.

2. It is more convenient.

With a traditional garden, you’d often have to bend down to water the garden or pull out weeds. On the other hand, a vertical garden makes it so easy because you don’t always have to bend at the knees or back; instead, you can reach for them by using a ladder or simply standing up straight. Also, less soil, weeding, and watering are needed.

3. Better yields of produce

You can expect your plants to flourish without worrying about pests with a vertical garden. Since they are above the ground and have easy access to air and sunlight, they are less likely to be infested. Thus, they produce healthy leaves and better yields.

Conclusion

You can always be creative with how you grow an indoor vertical vegetable garden. The more important thing is to make sure that your plants are watered regularly, have enough sunlight, and grow as they should. Also, make sure that whatever method you intend to use as support for your vertical garden is strong enough to hold the plants as they grow.

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