Alternative Gardening

Spring has sprung and gardening plans are all the rage. You’ve got the seeds, you’ve got visions of a bountiful harvest … now it’s just a matter of finding enough room for all those plants.

For those of us without backyard and full-size gardens, it can seem tricky to figure out where to squeeze in those hydrangeas and fresh herbs. But, with a little creativity, that won’t be a problem. Check out some of these ideas for a vertical garden!

Vertical gardens come in many different shapes, sizes and prices but are becoming increasingly popular. As the name suggests, they are multi-tiered gardens that have an upright format and can be put either indoors or outdoors, depending on the plants.

The benefit is that the gardens take up much less space than a traditional garden because they go up, instead of spreading out! Vertical gardens can be a beautiful feature to add to any living space and there are countless different ways to do-it-yourself as well as purchasing pre-made structures.

Traditional Vertical Garden
Some people hang their vertical gardens on a wall whereas others have them as freestanding structures. The most traditional way is to have a simple shelving unit to hold the various plants.

Hanging Planters
If you have lots of dead space in a room, a hanging planter may be the way to go. These plants can be hung up at any height from the ceiling to showcase a vast array of colours. Keep in mind that you will need to have relatively easy access in order to water the plants.

Floating Shelves
This is a great option if you have an empty wall that needs sprucing up. The shelves get fixed to the wall in a spaced-out fashion and gives a very clean, modern look to household plants.

Wire Garden
For plants that naturally tend to grow upwards, a wire garden is perfect. When you lay the seedlings, plop in some wires or cages – the plant will creep up the wire as it grows.

Tin Can Fence Garden
Spray recycled tin cans and hang them on a side of your fence with some seeds – an adorable and affordable way of doing it! Don’t forget to punch a hole at the bottom of the can for drainage.

Canvas Wall Pocket Garden
In it’s most basic form, a wall pocket garden essentially looks like a hanging shoe organizer – a large piece of fabric with various pockets where, instead of shoes, you put soil and seeds. Just make sure that the surface behind the canvas doesn’t get damaged from moisture.

Let the type of sun exposure determine what kinds of plants you grow and, if you want to get really sophisticated, set up a drip system for irrigation. Vertical gardens are a great way to maximize space!


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