A lot of would-be gardeners are convinced that they don’t have space for the big, luscious garden of their dreams… but there are many alternatives to sprawling rows of flowers and vegetables! Container gardening is one option, especially for those in urban settings, but there is also vertical gardening! Essentially, you are growing your vegetables up, not out, by training them to climb a structure or by planting them in a vertical container. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite vertical gardening ideas for your use! Also, be sure to check out our Container/Urban Gardening Pinterest board for container gardening ideas!
1. Palette Garden
Before starting to fill your palette, make sure it has a backing to keep the soil from falling out the back. Staple doubled-up landscaping fabric (or something similar) around the sides, back and bottom of the palette. Lay your palette on the ground and fill it with your soil mix of choice. Press the soil down firmly, but not so hard that you don’t have room for planting. Plant from the bottom up, ensuring that the plants are placed rather closely together. Water thoroughly and leave the palette lying horizontal for at least two weeks to allow the plants to take root. Stand upright and water regularly before enjoying!
2. Clay Pot Wall
This vertical garden was created using four cedar posts, steel rods and fashioned steel hooks to hold the clay pots. These particular images show the pots holding succulents, but they could also be used to hold herbs or salad greens. Watering may prove to be a bit time consuming, but the garden is attractive and effective for a small space.
3. Vertical Planter
Find the instructions on how to make this planter here!
4. Strawberry/Herb Tower
Find the instructions on how to make this tower planter here!
This planter can be stacked on a deck or patio, or hung suspended by a chain! Great for herbs, flowers and vegetables.
Use trellises to grow beans, peas, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, melons and more! Train the vines of your plants to wind up the grid or poles of the trellis and it will keep the fruits from sitting on the ground. This will help stave off diseases and the chance for fruits buried beneath vines to rot.