Fruit and Vegetables

Vertical gardens

What are vertical gardens?

The vertical gardens are, first of all, an excellent idea for those who live in the city and have the eternal problem of the absence of an external space. Very often there is no possibility of having a small corner of land on which to grow vegetables or simply some aromatic plants: the problem is easily solved with this completely modern idea of ​​the vertical vegetable garden. This solution simply consists of the vertical arrangement of the containers that will hold your favorite plants; in a balcony, for example, this solution could give life to a real wall garden with the vases arranged vertically on shelves that can extend to the entire desired height without worrying about the problem of plant growth. However, vases are not the only accessible solution: in recent years, in fact, the fashion to replace them with do-it-yourself solutions such as bottles and other ecological and recycled containers has become increasingly widespread.

Which are the right vegetables to grow

For the realization of the vertical gardens you can use any type of vegetable: in fact, the trick is not to choose the right vegetable, but to choose the right quality and variety. If you want to grow tomatoes, for example, it is important to consider what are the characteristics of the space in which we want them to grow; if you have a wall or railings to support your garden, then you can opt for species of climbing tomatoes, instead, if on the contrary, you have nothing of the sort, then it would be more appropriate to choose a species that you developments in width while maintaining a limited extension. In addition, climbing species in general, such as zucchini and pumpkins, should always be grown in such a way that they do not encounter obstacles or shaded areas, therefore they need much more important spaces than other vegetables.

Which are the vegetables to be excluded

In the realization of a vertical vegetable garden there are also vegetables that it would be better to exclude a priori: some of these are the perennial ones. In fact they need continuous care and periodic repotting, in addition to the most relevant fact for a vertical garden that is the space, without which they would not be productive enough; taking care of these species would therefore be too demanding for a kitchen garden. Some perennial species of vegetables to be excluded are, for example, artichokes and asparagus. There are, however, some exceptions to perennial plants that can be grown on the balconies of their homes, and which are easily cared for even by those who do not have the so-called "green thumb": these are aromatic herbs such as rosemary, basil, sage and all other species, which in addition to not requiring important care will smell your green corner in a delicious way.

Vertical gardens: Possible configurations

Specifically, of the vertical gardens they can be easily made at home at home and in complete safety. The first thing that must be checked is that of possessing a space in which there are no dangers of failure of the structure, and, if so, also the possibility of fixing it to a wall to ensure greater stability. Then you can start deciding which types of shelves to use: wood for a rustic look, plastic for greater savings or iron for those who love urban style. Whichever option you choose, you will still need to use a tarpaulin or sheets to avoid damaging the shelves. After that the most difficult part will arrive, that is the arrangement of the vessels that will have to be carried out taking into consideration the needs of the plant regarding exposure to the sun or shade. At the end of this, your facility will be ready to welcome the first plants.