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Vertical gardening

The traditional hedge of trees has often been considered a “living wall” in our gardens but planting a vertical garden is a far more interesting way of livening up a drab and dreary wall or space. 

The benefits of vertical gardens include:

  • Screening unsightly areas
  • Cooling and absorbing odours and noise
  • Providing a relaxing atmosphere

If you decide to try vertical gardening, keep these tips in mind:

  • If you are making a base to mount on a wall, ensure the wall is strong enough to cope with the additional weight of soil and plants. If in doubt, seek expert advice about the wall
  • Leave your base in a horizontal position for a few weeks to give the roots time to take hold.  Having the wall upright too soon can cause unnecessary plant or soil loss
  • Many plant varieties will adapt to vertical gardening.  Some herbs , vegetables and succulents are great choices
  • Often a drip system on the top layer is enough to irrigate the entire wall below as water seeps through the layers
  • Using alternative water such as a rainwater tank will make your garden truly sustainable.  

Some tips to keep in mind when selecting plants include:

  • What outcome do you want to achieve? Are you looking for colour or other visual interest, a relaxing ambience or food or herb plants?
  • Start off with easy to grow plants such as strawberries, mondo grass, nasturtiums, petunias, daisies or lettuce
  • Ensure plants with similar water needs are kept together to get the best out of your watering
  • Select plants based on shade or sun requirements based on where your vertical garden will be located
  • Choose plants with smaller, slower growing roots.

If you’re looking for inspiration, the following website explains how to transform a shipping pallet into a wall garden – Shipping Pallet Wall Garden

For further information on vertical gardening see a five minute interview with Phil Johnson to learn more tips and tricks to creating a successful vertical garden. 



One Comment

  1. Posted 25th September, 2012 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    I have tanks in good positions to distribute water to fruit trees and vegetable beds and I also use small buckets to distribute compost and fetrilizer at the times when the garden needs it. I like to encourage the birds at certain times of the year when pests are around and put false snakes and watch ripening fruit at other times when they attack fruit. But I leave the last of the fruit for the birds. I think they are important to the total plan of nature, and their company in the early morning is a pleasure in the garden. It also teaches children to respect the nesting season.

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