Guest Post: Do You Have a Green Thumb for the Environment?

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vegMany people don’t have a backyard garden because they are limited by space.

It’s true that vegetable gardens require plenty of land, but there is another way to get similar results.

Vertical gardening is a term used for a style of garden design that utilizes vertical space instead of horizontal space. If you are short on space but long on the desire to grow your own vegetables and herbs, vertical gardening is for you.

It’s easy to design a vertical garden if you follow a few simple guidelines.

As the following article looks at, when you realize how planting gardens can benefit the landscape and environment, you’ll be excited to begin this easy to do vertical garden project.

Consider Your Plants and Climate

First, decide what you want to grow based on the light and shade conditions and overall climate.

If your space is always shady, tomatoes wouldn’t be a good choice, but herbs might be.

Based on where you live, you can figure out your plant’s hardiness zones. This should be your determining factor when deciding what to grow.

Choose a Space

Vertical gardens can be placed almost anywhere, including indoors.

Choose a space that receives adequate sun and shade, and where you can water your plants without harming surrounding furnishings.

Wherever you choose to install your vertical garden, make sure it’s the correct atmosphere for the plants to thrive.

Choose a Structure

Any lean-to structure placed against an outside wall of your house can be turned into a vertical garden, as can an old ladder with holes for pots drilled into the rungs.

An old bookcase can be sanded down and painted with templates of flowers and leaves for a rustic vertical garden reminiscent of cottage life.

Think creatively and you will likely find something that you already own that you can turn into a vertical garden structure.

Figure Out Your Watering System

Before you begin planting anything in your vertical garden, figure out how you’re going to supply water to all the plants.

You might like to design a tubular irrigation system with PEX tubing. PEX tubing is flexible tubing that plumber’s use to distribute water throughout a home.

For vertical gardening, you would simply hook up one end of the PEX to your garden hose using pre-fabricated connectors. Then run the tubing through each area where a plant will be located.

This will enable you to simply turn on your garden hose and water all of your vertical garden plants with one twist of a knob.

Do Your Planting

Now you can install your plants into your vertical gardening structure.

Simply follow the instructions on each plant’s nursery card and plant into individual slots on your structure. Make sure not to crowd your plants, because they will grow considerably and eventually need the extra space.

As you enjoy your vertical garden and it continues to thrive, you will realize how much of a space saver this new innovation in gardening really is, plus you are doing your part to assist the environment.

Chances are, you’ll be planning another vertical garden for next year.

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About the Author: Kate Supino is an avid gardener who enjoys sharing her gardening advice.

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