How To Start A Vertical Garden

Imagine this: emerald vines cascading down a sun-drenched wall, vibrant herbs filling the air with intoxicating aromas, and colorful blooms dancing in the breeze. No, it’s not a painting in a Tuscan villa, but the transformative power of your own vertical garden. Ace’s guide on how to start a vertical garden covers everything you need to know: from design to completion.

Forget cramped patios and bare balconies. Vertical gardens are the secret weapon of space-savvy urban dwellers and space savers, turning any dull corner into a lush green oasis. Whether you’re a seasoned botanist or a clueless sprout, this guide will be your compass, navigating you through the simple steps of creating your own living masterpiece.

Herbs are a popular choice for beginners in their vertical gardens because they are easy to grow, and herbs are useful in the kitchen. For more information on easy to grow herb varieties, check out how to grow herbs in containers.

Designing A Vertical Garden

Picking the perfect style for your vertical garden is all about matching your space, needs, and aesthetic preferences! Often times space is determined for you due to sunlight location, water or other needs.

Here’s a breakdown of the popular vertical garden design options to help you decide:

Hanging Pockets

  • Best for: Beginners, small spaces, limited budget.
  • Features: Easy to rearrange, DIY-friendly with repurposed materials.
  • Downsides: May require frequent watering, limited plant variety.

Trellis/Grid System

  • Best for: Moderate experience, customizing plant placements, flexibility.
  • Features: Can use a wider range of plant sizes and types.
  • Downsides: Requires sturdy support structure, initial setup can be time-consuming.

Living Wall Systems

  • Best for: Convenience, larger spaces, modern aesthetics.
  • Features: Quick and easy installation, pre-built structure minimizes DIY. (Check out this vertical garden on Amazon, perfect for growing herbs.
  • Downsides: Higher cost, limited flexibility in plant selection and arrangement.

Other factors to consider:

  • Measure your area to ensure the chosen style fits comfortably.
  • Different styles offer varying levels of light exposure for your plants. Match your design to the fruits or vegetables you want to grow.
  • Consider how easily you need to reach your plants for watering and maintenance.
  • Hanging pockets might require more frequent watering, while systems with built-in irrigation simplify the process but come at a higher cost.
  • Think about the visual impact you want and choose a style that complements your existing decor.

Ultimately, the best style is the one that resonates with you! Feel free to mix and match elements from different styles to create a unique and personalized vertical garden masterpiece.

As a backup to a vertical garden, try container gardening for eggplant.

Materials Needed For A Vertical Garden

The materials you’ll need for your vertical garden will depend on the style you choose, but here’s a general rundown of the essentials for all vertical garden styles before we dive into those specifics.

  • Containers: Drainage holes are essential. Choose lightweight plastic, recycled materials, or even repurposed items like tin cans or shoe organizers. Size will depend on your chosen plants.
  • Planting medium: Well-draining potting mix specifically for vertical gardens is crucial. Look for lightweight mixes with good aeration. (Before planting be sure to read Ace’s Spring Planting Tips.
  • Tools: Gloves, trowel, scissors, and measuring tape will come in handy.

Specific to style:

Hanging Pockets:

  • Fabric: Felt, canvas, or other sturdy, water-resistant materials. You can create pockets yourself or purchase pre-made ones.
  • Hanging system: Hooks, dowels, or ropes to secure the pockets to your chosen wall or structure.

Trellis/Grid System:

  • Trellis or grid structure: Wood, metal, or plastic mesh panels. Choose a sturdy material that can support the weight of your plants.
  • Hooks or clips: To attach individual pots to the trellis or grid. (If you are growing indoor fruit, make sure to read these tips when growing fruit indoors.)

Living Wall Systems:

  • Pre-built panels: These come with pockets or felt liners already integrated. Choose a system that suits your plant selection and budget.

Vertical Garden Maintenance & Care

  • Watering: Follow individual plant watering needs. Generally, water when the top inch of soil feels dry.
  • Fertilizing: Use a diluted liquid fertilizer every 2-4 weeks during the growing season.
  • Sunlight: Monitor your plants and adjust their position as needed for optimal light exposure.
  • Pruning: Regularly pinch back trailing vines and remove dead leaves to maintain shape and encourage growth.

If you enjoyed Ace’s guide on how to start a vertical garden, make sure you check out his guide on when to plant your garden.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top