How To Grow A Vertical Garden

What You'll Need
Garden space
Trellis or support structure
Vining plants

A vertical garden is a great way to grow vegetables or flowers in small spaces, as well as decorate otherwise plain buildings. These types of gardens have been around for ages, and now there are many ways to make the installation of a vertical garden or living wall much easier. Here’s how to build a vertical garden in your yard to enhance your foliage:

Step 1–Select a Location

You must first decide where you'd like to place your garden. Vertical gardens work well in places that you would like to hide, like an unattractive chain link fence, a compost pile or an unattractive area in your yard. They are also great if you would like to add some privacy between a neighbor’s yard. They are often common in small spaces such as balconies or small porches, but can also work well in expansive yards. Determine where you would like to plant your vertical garden and continue.

Step 2–Choose a Support Structure

Next you will need to determine what kind of support structure to use. This can range from using a chain link fence, a trellis, an arch, an arbor or even a gazebo. Once you decide what kind of structure to use, install it, keeping in mind that you will need to anchor it to hold quite a load. If using a trellis or an arbor, be sure to sink the supports deep enough to hold up the weight of the vines and consider installing additional anchors. If you are using an arbor or chain link fence, the installation should already hold the weight of any typical vining plant. Some plants require stronger support systems than others, so you may want to proceed to Step 3 before you finalize your trellis choice.

Step 3–Choose Your Plants

Depending on how much maintenance you want and what your goal is, select plants for your vertical garden. If you want a functional garden, choose annual vegetables such as sweet peas, pole beans, squash, tomatoes or cucumbers. If you want flowers or simple foliage, there are many perennials and annuals to select from. Keep in mind the amount of light your vertical garden will receive based on its location, as well as what the mature size of the plant is. These will be key factors in your selection. Be sure that the plants that you select will be able to be supported by the structure that you are using.

Step 4–Plant Your Selections

Bring your plants home from the nursery and dig the appropriate holes, apply fertilizer, place the plants in the holes and re-cover. Water the plants immediately after transplant, and continue to water according to the plants’ instructions throughout the growing season. Prune plants according to the variety.

Vertical gardens are easy to grow and can save you a lot of space. They can really beautify your yard with little work and are much easier to maintain than a typical garden because they cut out the need to constantly bend over. Install one of these gardens in your yard and reap its benefits in no time.