Do the cramped spaces in urban settings hamper your ability to grow varieties of fruits, flowers and vegetables as you like? One way to effectively enhance the space availability is to use the walls, stairs, posts, arbors and anything that can add a vertical element to your garden.
Going upwards is no longer restricted to creepers; the advance techniques in today’s age allow big fruit plants including watermelons to grow skywards. For plants that cannot be adapted to grow tall, containers and planters placed on a support structure can make the climb for them.
A well-planned design is also intended to reduce the regular maintenance demand of the garden.
How to plan for a vertical garden?
· Consider the climatic conditions, sunlight availability, rain density and other surrounding factors to choose the perfect combination of plant species. An in-depth knowledge of the growth habits, size and the behavior of various species on a vertical surface can help you choose the right combination of plants.
· Take inspiration for creating an attractive garden design from the natural shapes and the environment where such plants have their origin. An appropriate framework for every bush helps it to develop its unique characteristics. However, you should remember that the plants are living things that can keep changing throughout their life.
· Set up a support structure with a 10mm PVC board mounted on a stud with all joints sealed. The design implementation begins with the setting up of a support structure. Provide double protection against moisture and mark the cuts in the outer layer to insert the plants in between those cuts.
· Place the containers and planters at appropriate places, and position the plants according to the garden design. You can also grow several flowers, fruits and vegetables without soil. Most vertical garden themes use hydroponics and Aquaponics to combine style with utility.
· Irrigate the plants at regular intervals. Many high-rise buildings and spaces with varying sun exposure use automated units to control irrigation and nutrient injections.
· Monitor and measure the intensity of sunlight at various places of the vertical garden during the designing stage. Fit artificial lights at places that receive inadequate sunshine. The artificial lights produce essential wave lengths required for the growth of flora, and enhance the beauty by projecting the color and textures of leaves and flowers.
The automation of the essential needs of flora in a vertical garden reduces the maintenance demand; and helps to easily design beautiful gardens that offer variation and astonishment to the eyes of the beholder.