How Does Your Garden Grow? – Vertical

vertical gardeningDo you live in an urban area but still want the benefits of a rural garden? One of the biggest problems with having an urban garden is the space limitations. Many gardeners have less than an acre of land to work with, some may only have a few hundred square feet of space.

What are your gardening options if this is the case? You may just have to get a little creative to squeeze in as much as you can! A few of the most popular solutions are a raised garden bed or even a hugelkultur. However, if you are renting your home, you may not be able to alter the landscape with a raised bed or hugelkultur. Do not worry! You are not the only one working with space limitations, and some brilliant people have already started to improvise.

Why not give vertical gardening tomatoes a try? Vertical gardening can be obtained through the use of hanging pots or erecting special structures. You can even use vertical space by hanging planters from the exterior walls of your home.

vertical gardening herbs

Benefits of Vertical/Container Gardening

Making use of vertical space is an excellent way to expand your garden. In truth, you do not need an extremely elaborate design to make use of this space. Designs online range from PVC pipes to pyramid shaped raised garden beds.  A surprising number of popular crops can be grown with just the space of a five-gallon bucket and for some crops, even smaller containers can be used.

Planting your crop in containers also offers the benefit of mobility. If you are renting your property and know in advance that you will need to move during a growing season, this is a method to keep your garden rather than letting someone else reap the benefits of your labor.  Mobility can also give you the ability to extend your growing season because you have the option to move crops indoors to avoid the first few touches of frost.

Using separate containers for each crop alleviate the issue of crops that should not be planted next to each other. Some crops are notorious for pulling specific minerals from the soil. Planting multiple crops that require the same mineral can severely deplete the soil of necessary minerals making it near impossible to grow in the same location the following season without adding supplements to the soil.

Crops that Grow with Limited Space

Obviously due to space constrictions, you will not be able to grow all of the crops you would like to. You will have to be very selective in the crops you plant.  Here are a few crops that can be grown in containers:

Various herbs Tomatoes
Lettuce Carrots
Cucumbers Potatoes
Strawberries Squash
Lemons Kale

This is not an all-inclusive list. Check seed information to determine how much space your plants will need for their root system to fully develop.


Additional Tips to a Successful Vertical Garden

Planting a hanging herb garden is probably one of the quickest easiest ways to take advantage of vertical gardening.  Many herbs can grow indoors.

Strawberries can be grown in a planter as small as rain gutters.

Since carrots are a rooting crop, limiting their root space will likely affect the harvest. You will have better results if you stick to growing carrots that tend to be smaller in size. You can find heirloom carrots whose taproots generally run smaller.

Try growing potatoes in a burlap sack instead of a five-gallon bucket. You will be able to create an access point under the surface so that you can harvest potatoes as they become ready.

Cucumbers, zucchini, and some squash are vining crops so they will cover a great deal of vertical space. It may even require a little bit of extra attention in order to train it to grow in the desired direction. These would also be harder to move if you are planting for portability.

The five-gallon buckets can be converted into a self-watering system. This can help to make your garden low maintenance.  Once properly established, the system will be able to go untended for several days.

Give Vertical Gardening a Try

Do not let the limited space for your garden discourage you. Work with what you have to build a flourishing garden.  If you are nervous about spending a great deal of money on a garden you might not maintain, start out small. You can always expand your garden as you figure out what grows best for you in the given conditions.

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