Originally posted 1-17-13
Vertical Gardening: A.K.A. Green Wall, Living WallThe latest trend in gardening these days is Vertical Gardens. Why? Here are a few good reasons:
- Plants grow up, thereby taking up less space
- Less labor due to less soil preparation and digging (so what's wrong with digging?).
- More varieties of plants possible in much less space.
- Can grow "bottom-up" and "bottom-down".
- Less weeding
- Reduced chores (yeah!)
- Increased air circulation
- Lower risk of plant diseases and pests
- Easier to tend and harvest
- Less bending, stooping, and breaking of backs.
- Increased yields in a smaller space.
- Vine-ing types of plants are well suited to vertical gardens. They perform better than bush types.
Occasionally, we'll add some liquid VermaMax ® as a nitrogen booster (liquid VermaMax® will be available soon). For our non-hydroponic plants (like beefsteak tomatoes) we'll still use organic worm castings Pure Black Castings™ in the potting soil mix.
Our vertical garden will also be self-watering. Self-watering worked wonders for us and we feel vertical gardening takes the self-watering gardening system to the next level of efficiency. Less, space, less labor, increased yields, fewer problems means more time for other activities (like digging holes for no apparent reason.)
Next: Now that the shade yurt is completed, we'll be building our plant towers and watering system.
Vertical Gardening Supplies:
Pure Black Castings™: Certified Organic Worm Castings created using only organic materials.
VermaPlex®: Created from Certified Organic Pure Black Castings™. Add to your hydroponic water supply for continuous feeding.
Organic Fertilizer Information: Find use/application guides at Monroe Works.