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If you’re looking to make your space more lively and green, but are living in a smaller area, you can add a vertical garden to your home. Whether you live in an apartment or a smaller home with little yard space, you can grow up rather than grow out your own garden. A vertical garden lets you use the unused vertical space you have in your home to grow those fruits and veggies you want to keep nearby. Vertical gardens can be centered on walls inside your home or on a balcony or porch. Here are some beginner vertical garden tips if you’re looking to get started.
Determine How Much Sunlight You Have and Need
Before you can even choose what to grow, you need to know what you can grow. The amount of sunlight your home receives will determine whether you need additional lighting in the area in which you want to place your vertical garden or make furniture adjustments in your home to provide space near larger windows. Once you know how much light different areas of your home receive, you can start to plan which fruits and veggies or herbs you want to grow. Shorter or smaller plants grow well in areas that don’t receive too much light. Larger plants will need more sunlight to photosynthesize properly.
Planning Your Garden Plants
For low light areas in your home, you want to see which of the leafy green or cold weather plants you want to grow. Smaller plants or herbs that are sturdy can still thrive in low-light areas. If your home has plenty of sunlight, you can grow most any kind of plant in the vertical garden.
What Type of Vertical Garden You Want
Once you know what plants you will house in your vertical garden, you will need to plan and organize how you want to construct it. There are plenty of affordable options that look welcoming and chic inside your home. You can choose to make vertical planter boxes from wood pallets, use garden-grade fabric pockets, hanging baskets, or create mountable vertical containers. You can also consider tiered garden kits or trellises for viny plants like tomatoes. Choose a style of vertical garden that fits your creative style, but will also be simple to assemble and last for a long time.
Plant, Maintain, Enjoy!
Just like with traditional gardens, your vertical garden requires planting and maintenance. Your indoor vertical garden still requires care like a traditional garden if not more so. Be mindful of the type of vertical garden housing you designed. It may affect the care and watering of your plants. For example, if you have used baskets to grow your tomatoes, your watering routine will be vital to ensure the roots don’t dry out. Despite any maintenance or care needed, gardeners with indoor vertical gardens find they have better results, and tastier ones, than with traditional gardens. There aren’t as many pests to worry about, and the weather outside won’t affect your crops.
Even if your green thumb must now dwell indoors, you can still enjoy gardening inside your home with a vertical garden. It’s easy and simple to get started with these 5 beginner vertical garden tips!
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