One of the biggest reasons people get frustrated with their garden is size. If you live in an urban area, you might find that the garden space allocated to your home is not that big.

Gone are the days of new builds boasting allotment size gardens. It is now assumed that most people do minimal gardening, and with space, at a premium, you are lucky to get a patio and postage stamp size patch of grass. If you are the green-fingered type, you might find this frustrating.

Thankfully vertical gardening can dramatically increase your growing room whether you are looking to grow veggies or just brightly coloured flowers. It is an easy thing to set up, and the results can be really pretty to look at too.


The Basics

Building a vertical garden is nice and simple. You just need to get creative and plan things well before starting to make changes.

First of all, identify spaces where you can create these planters that head upwards. Now, if you are renting a property, you will need to be careful about screwing things into walls and fences. But if you own your home, you just need to identify the space you have available.

Consider maintenance issues and remember to set the highest level of containers at a height you can still safely reach to water, weed and tend to.


The Containers

The good news with vertical planting is that virtually anything you like can become a container.

Some people like to have uniformed rows of matching planters, whereas for others an eclectic mismatch of pots appeal. Whatever you choose in the way of planters you do need to consider two things. Weight and drainage.

Firstly you will need to make sure that whatever you are screwing to a wall or fence is not too heavy that it is a danger of falling off.

Secondly, all planters will need to have the ability to drain otherwise your plants will rot and become mouldy. This might mean that you need to drill holes in the bottom of containers to make sure the soil does not become waterlogged.


Planting Out

Remember that the plants you choose will need to be able to thrive in the size of pot you have chosen. Roots need space so you cannot pick anything too substantial.

Once you have your plants, fill the bowl with a good quality compost and add the seeds or plugs you have selected.

Be sure to remember to water your plants and make sure that they are not forgotten. Check whether you have placed planters in an area the rain can reach. If they are too sheltered, you will need to make sure the soil stays hydrated even during periods of severe weather. Remember that because of the drainage you have introduced the higher level plants will drip water down to any containers under them.

Take this into account when watering as you do not want to drown seedlings.


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