Organic gardening/farming has become an entity of latter days. Seeing people with small organic gardens in their homesteads is a reminder that we all have an agricultural instinct. These little organic gardens are self-made, so you might want to get ready for some learning! First, you must answer the critical question, what are vertical garden plants? And how to build a vertical garden? After that, it’s easy to set up your vertical garden.
How To Build a Vertical Garden: Containers for Your Plants
Here are some ideas for things to use as pots and planters.
1 // Customize Some Old Crates
People often wonder how make vertical gardens work. Vertical garden ideas are not that hard to start. For instance, you can reconstruct some old crates that were used in the shipment of goods. Just make them able to hold organic contents, a little soil, and you’re good to go. Then arrange them vertically at a selected spot in the compound or your balcony.
2 // Make Use of an Old Ladder
There’s nothing significant to tell when planning a vertical garden wall. However, one of the best vertical garden ideas we’ve seen is the use of a ladder. Containers are hung from the ladder, and plants are grown from there. It makes up a good deal for a vertical garden wall.
3 // Recycled Paint Cans
Paint cans are another ideal tool that can be converted to be used in making vertical gardens. For instance, if you wanted to make a vertical garden with pots but cannot access the pots, paint cans are a suitable replacement. You can either hang them from a point vertically or place them on a self-made shelf. Whichever the case, a vertical garden made from paint cans is always attractive. Just make sure to drill holes for water drainage. You can also paint the cans themselves for better appealing visual effect.
4 // Hanging Baskets
This could be one of the most daunting ways of coming up with a vertical garden. Nonetheless, it is the one befitting the DIY status as you can make the baskets yourself. Moreover, you do not need too much vertical garden equipment to come up with this idea. After you have your baskets, all you need to do is firmly tie them together vertically. You can then grow your plants in the baskets as you wish.
5 // Remaking the Garden Wall
The garden wall (or any suitable wall) can also be remade into a vertical garden. The fence around it is used to hang the pots at vertical intervals of around 1.5 feet. When the plants grow, they cover the fence so well is becomes a visual shield. (Get the best drill bits in town while you’re building your vertical garden.)
How to Treat Your Vertical Garden: Organic Gardening
Organic gardening entails doing away with all sorts of synthetic chemicals in your tending. For these small vertical gardens, organic gardening is recommended as it is cheap, easily accessible and entails DIY procedures.
Here are some tips on how to treat your garden organically:
1 // Preparing Compost Manure
Compost manure is a natural soil fertilizer. Learning how to make it is exciting, and it makes you feel like a real farmer. All you need is a pit about 1m3 in volume. In this pit, you put in dead plant material that’s considered fertile. Most leaves, except acidic ones such as pine and cypress, are good. The pit is then covered with grass and humidified by sprinkling water. The humidification helps in faster decomposition. Addition of a little animal waste such as cow dung is beneficial as well. The garden requires very fertile manure, and this will give the plants an edge.
Of course, if you are short on space or land, you can try these smaller kitchen compost bins instead.
2 // Fertilizing the Vertical Garden
Having already stated that we’re doing away with synthetic chemicals, organic fertilizers are our new bet. Organic fertilizers contain nutrient components that are beneficial to the soil and plants. They replenish the microorganisms in your vertical garden building and are harmless to the plants.
Unlike synthetic fertilizers, they do not alter the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. So technically, the plants get to thrive better as all the nutrients they need are available. Besides, organic fertilizers improve aeration of the soil, enabling water and mineral salts uptake to be faster.
3 // Organic Pest Control
Synthetic pesticides and herbicides are one of the biggest problems in agriculture today. It has been revealed that using them in your garden does more harm than good in the long run. Organic pest control measures, on the other hand, are safe to use and can even be used for a vertical garden in balcony. There are several methods of pest control currently in use;
- Biological control: Introducing predatory pests that do not harm the plants but prey on the targeted pests
- Cultural control: Altering the vertical garden ecosystem to make it unfavorable for the problems, such as changing the garden pH
- Botanical insecticides: These are insecticides derived from plants, meant to drive away pests
Ready to Set Up Your Vertical Garden?
Organic methods of gardening and farming are an exciting development that seeks to re-establish the lost balance in nature. By doing away with the current synthetic materials used for growing plants, we can have so much to save. Besides, a vertical home garden is an appealing venture that you can always pursue whenever you’re free.
Have you tried any vertical gardening techniques? Let us know in the comments!
About the Author
Archie was a builder for more than 40 years. Mainly after his retirement the enthusiastic electrical works in garden and writes for a blog Homemakerguide.com to keep himself occupied. His many years of experience can get you the right tool reviews, whether it is a drill, welding machine or so. An impressive fact to note about him is that almost everything in his house is a representation of his skills made by his hands.
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