SECRETS OF VERTICAL GARDENING
Vertical Gardening – The Evolution of Hanging Planters
Make efficient use of space, while brightening your environs.
Vertical gardening is making the most of small spaces by thinking how
can I grow plants vertically. Hanging baskets, hanging planters,
containers all act as cleaver ways to make the most out of small spaces.
Hanging baskets and Hanging Planters have been used as a means of
gardening and creating more gardening space - adding drama and color to
homes, buildings. walkways and more.
Why garden high in the sky? The usual reason is to increase the space
you devote to your garden: By elevating at least part of your vegetable
and fruit growing, you can add substantially to your harvest. Even with
all the space in the world, you can benefit by emulating Jack and his
beanstalk. Fruit and flowers are off the ground, where they won't rot or
become easy insect and rodent fodder. When your veggies are at eye-level
rather than hidden in a tangle of vines, you're far less likely to miss
their peak. Nothing is sadder than finding a sumptuous melon with its
insides eaten out.
But to me, the best excuse for going up is aesthetic. hanging
planters, hanging baskets, wall baskets, window boxes and the like add
texture, varying focal points, and hidden nooks to an otherwise
VERTICALLY – WALL PLANTERS
Once you try vertical gardening I guarantee you'll never go back to
The easiest plants to grow are those listed as ideal for hanging
See our plant guide for hanging baskets.
Brighten the environs with flowers such as impatiens, petunias, or
leafy plants like coleus.
Consider two major factors when you choose your plants – sun/shade
Hanging planters and wall planters are great for sun-lovers like
tomatoes. Baysiders can grow tomatoes on a south-facing wall, which
serves as a heat sink for the summer sun. Although walls are best in
that they store heat and reflect it back to the plant, a wooden fence
adds a few degrees of warmth and bounces off some rays. Most plants will
need a little help to get started on their climb.
IN HANGING PLANTERS
Normal Tomatoes require more support - so . Stretch three to four
horizontal wire lines along the wall or fence with the lowest wire about
eighteen inches above the ground. You can use T-stakes as anchor and
mid-posts — they have useful knobby things that hold wires easily — and
they're heavy enough to bear the weight of your fruit. As your tomatoes
keep on truckin', you keep on tyin', envisioning vineyard culture as a
model. Don't tie too tight and be careful with tender stems. Most
heirloom tomatoes are indeterminate, meaning they'll pump out vegetative
growth and fruit till they give up the ghost at Halloween, as opposed to
determinate varieties, which deliver an all-in-one bumper crop.
Indeterminate varieties can get up to six or seven feet tall when grown
on wires. Imagine how that boring fence will look come September,
covered in yellow or red globes!
For hanging planters, wall planters or window boxes look for smaller
varities – especially suited for these types of containers.
restrict yourself to starting at ground level. Hanging baskets are a
form of vertical gardening, and they are flexible enough to take
advantage of sun and shade needs. But remember that hanging baskets and
window boxes are real water-guzzlers. You'll need to water every day,
and if you're inland, you might be watering three times a day to keep
plants from wilting. You could run irrigation lines connected to a
timer, but to me they look like patients attached to an IV — not an
effect I want in the garden.
Increased production, visual complexity, ease of harvest, clean
fruit, what's not to like? Your PLANTS will stand up and applaud.
By Linnea Due