As more and more people turn to growing some of their own fresh foods there is a growing trend to think more creatively with innovative small space gardening. We’re seeing a real positive movement towards growing up instead of out, as well as more use of recycled materials in creating growing systems.
What does a vertical gardening system look like?
Check out our demonstration balcony garden for some examples of recycled vertical growing systems.
Some examples includes: Potato towers, gutter gardens, herb spirals, upside-down planters, growing towers, window farms, plant pockets, pallet garden and so much more!
Some Advantages to Vertical Gardening:
- Space saving.
- Fewer weeds.
- Can be moved.
- Less issues with insects and soil-borne diseases with better air circulation around the foliage.
- Monitoring and controlling pests is easier because they’re right in front of your face.
- Harvesting is easier, as there’s no stooping or hunching over.
- No more waste due to overripe fruits that are hidden under lush growth..
- Vertical gardens increase accessibility for gardeners with accessibility needs because they can tend and pick from a chair or garden seat.
Some Disadvantages to be aware of:
- Less moisture retention, needing more regular watering
- Need for water collection from planter run off
- Lower production than in-ground plants
- Heavy weight on balcony – check in with your landlord!