What Are Vertical Gardens?

If gardening is your passion but space is a limiting factor, vertical gardening may be perfect for you. Unlike conventional gardening, vertical gardens make much more efficient use of space by allowing you to take your plants upwards with the help of recycled or inexpensive materials.

Grow Beautiful and Leafy Greens Virtually Anywhere

Vertical gardens can brighten up an area with colorful flowers and other decorative plants, but they can also be an efficient way to grow large amounts of leafy greens in a small amount of space. Consider the following ideas:

  • Drill small holes along the bottom of recycled rain gutters and fill them with potting soil. Use chain to hang sections ranging from a few feet in length to 10 ft. or more depending on the space you wish to fill. Allow enough distance between the bottom of each gutter and the top of the next for your plants to grow to full height; for lettuces and other leafy greens, 18" is a good choice.
  • Use pot hangers to attach a potted plant onto a wall, recycled pallet or fence. Some pot hangers are designed to support significant amounts of weight, allowing you to hang even large potted plants off the ground. 
  • Scrap wood can be used to create garden boxes that can be mounted onto fences or walls to create a large amount of growing space in a small amount of square footage.
  • Purchased vertical gardening trays are specifically designed to hold a small amount of soil in numerous, individual cells, each with drainage holes to promote healthy plants. These trays can be mounted on walls or fences and are perfect for adding color and decor anywhere you wish.

Small Spaces Shouldn't Keep You from Gardening

With vertical gardening, you'll never have to forego your love of gardening again, even if you are limited by a small amount of space. By moving upwards instead of outwards, you can create beauty and abundance with the help of simple and/or inexpensive materials.