Gardens are great for the soul: they relax us, they improve our moods and lower our stress levels. Sadly, lots of people in today’s society aren’t able to have gardens, as they live in apartments or condos. But this doesn’t mean that they can’t enjoy all of the wonderful benefits of having a garden. If you’re looking for a low space option for an in-home garden, here’s everything that you need to build your own vertical garden.
The first thing you need for your vertical garden is a frame. The frame will be the foundation for your vertical garden; once it’s built, you will attach plastic sheeting, fabric, water, fertilizer, and plants. You can purchase 4-inch PVC pipes, elbows, and four-way joints to build your frame, but it’s often easier to simply purchase a metal grid or metal mesh. This will save you time, as you don’t need to build the frame; it’s already complete.
You can directly attach the frame to the wall, but this will make it harder to remove in the future. We recommend that you buy hooks to hang the frame to the wall, which is a less permanent option.
You can buy large, pre-built structures, but they’re much more expensive, ranging from $200 to $700. You can buy or make your own frame for $50 or less, and this way you can make the frame the perfect size for the wall that you’re attaching it to.
Sheeting and fabric
For the next step, you will need to buy a large sheet of plastic, and two pieces of fabric that are the same size. They will both need to be the same width as your frame, but they should be slightly longer. Start by attaching the plastic to the frame with screws and staples, so that it’s tight and secure.
The next thing that you need to do is attach both pieces of fabric. The fabric will be the material that houses your plants, and it will store water to feed them. You can use basic felt material, or jute cloth—just as long as it will be able to retain water without rotting. Attach both layers of fabric to the frame in the same way as the plastic sheeting.
A fertilizer injector will feed your plants regularly, which will save you lots of time. Make sure you buy a fertilizer injector that is the right size for your frame: one that is too heavy could topple your vertical garden. Find one online and search around for the best price: you should be able to find one for under $50.
Growing plants on a vertical surface is no easy task—unless you install an irrigation system. This will provide your plants with water through the fabric, keeping them healthy and green all year round. Check out an irrigation supplier online to buy poly tubing with fittings that lock. It can be installed across the top of your vertical garden, so that it drips water down slowly. You will also need a propagation timer, so that you can set your irrigation system to feed your plants regularly.
Flowers and plants
Now that your vertical garden is all set up, you can focus on the most exciting part: choosing the plants and flowers! If your vertical garden is indoors, good options include Aeschynanthus radicans (the lipstick plant) and Stephanotis floribunda (the wedding vine). Both are beautiful to look at, and they thrive in warm environments. If your vertical garden is outside, two great options are Polystichum munitum (the sword fern) and Chamelaucium (the waxflower)—which are both equally as stunning as the indoor options!
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