Creating a vertical garden is a great option if you’re living in an apartment or condo. Most of us have some space that we could convert into a garden, thinking outside the box is imperative when creating a vertical garden. There are some very complex vertical gardens but what you choose doesn’t need to be difficult to achieve. There are some really great DIY vertical garden options available as well. Vertical gardens are great because you can grow more vegetables or flowers in much less space.
Choosing Your Location
When you are first starting to think about gardening in an apartment it can seem impossible since you generally don’t have much space to work with. This is where going vertical is ideal, if you have access to a small porch or balcony you can put together a small garden that utilizes the vertical space while allowing you to still enjoy your outside space too.
Living in an apartment you probably don’t have options for choosing the spot that gets the best sunlight or is out of the wind, instead your job is to choose what plants will work best for your conditions. If you live on the shady side of the building then you will want to choose plants that thrive in the shade or indirect sunlight. If you get a lot of wind where you live you might want to look into putting up some sort of screen to break the wind a bit. Some plants like cucumbers or tomatoes can get beaten up by the wind, so choosing plants like lettuce or radishes might be best if you don’t have a way to block the wind some.
To Build or Buy?
Whether you build your own vertical garden or buy something that is pre-made is really a personal preference. There are some great DIY vertical garden options, I will go over a few, on the flip side there are also some great products already made that you can purchase if you’re not interested in DIY-ing.
Whatever you decide you will want to asses your location and decide how much space you have for your garden. If you have room for freestanding elevated beds, this might be a great option. A vertical garden like this one is going to take up a bit more space since it resembles a ladder and the containers are tiered. This particular model is 29″ x 26″ x 49″ and has five tiers giving you lots of space for your vegetables, herbs or flowers.
If you’re running lower on space you could get something that mounts to a wall like this one. This version has improved pockets, which are larger and deeper making them more ideal for planting. The bag is made of a thick sturdy felt material and has hooks to make for easy hanging. Since it is made of cloth it’s not waterproof, so if you’re placing it somewhere that you don’t want water to drip or leak you should take necessary precautions. Placing a plastic mat below it or something behind it is suggested by other users of this particular planter. This hanging planter is ideal for vegetables, flowers, herbs or even strawberries.
DIY Vertical Garden
If you’d rather DIY a vertical garden there are some good options, you can build a leaning ladder type planter similar to the one that I talked above. Another option is to make a screen using some posts and chicken wire, you can hang terracotta pots from the chicken wire. To do that you will need to get some wire or a hose clamp to wrap around the pots. This is a nice option because it helps you utilize your space and it creates a privacy screen while also allowing air to flow keeping your outdoor space cool.
One of my favorite super simple DIY vertical gardens is to re-purpose an old ladder. You can paint an old wooden ladder so it’s more attractive and then just set your plant pots on the rungs of the ladder, and perhaps even hang a pot from the top.
Now that you’ve decided on what you would like to use for a vertical garden you can begin planting. You can plant your vertical garden outside, but remember you could also create something to be used inside as well, vertical gardens are versatile.
I hope you have a some inspiration to start gardening in your small space, and can begin to enjoy the plants that you’ve chosen to grow. Happy gardening!