Vertical gardening is a technique used by many gardeners. From pros to beginners it is something most people prefer. Most of the time vertical gardens are planted on fences, but occasionally you will see them planted along walls. While they are very popular, the question remains are they a good idea or bad idea? In order to settle this debate we decided to go over the pros and cons of vertical gardening.
The sole purpose of vertical gardening was a solution to a problem. Making a way for plants and architecture live together in sweet, solid harmony was something most people sought after; thus the vertical garden can to life. Not to mention vertical gardens are just simply beautiful so many people wanted them for that reason as well.
People who live in urban areas have long wanted a way to garden. However, most lived in apartments or houses with little to no space for gardening. Vertical gardening allows them to be able to plant flowers or herbs or other things of their choosing without having to have a lot of space to do it. It also makes the surrounding areas look better and prettier. Athstetics plays a big role in the purpose of vertical gardening as well. Planting items such as herbs and vegetables is called vertical farming. The concept is the same as the vertical gardening it just uses different plants for a different reason.
One thing most people do not know is that vertical gardens are actually good for the environment. They filter pollutants in the air thus cutting down on our carbon footprint. This process then helps to improve the quality of air that we breathe. Crazy as it may seem, the vertical wall gardens also help to reduce heat absorption. This means people who live in areas that get really hot do not have to use their air conditioning as much, thus saving on their electric bill!
As with everything else in life, vertical gardens also have some cons. Vertical gardens block the sun! This is usually due to their height and most people do not consider this when planting them. So, before you plant yours think about how tall you are wanting it and how much sun the plants you are planting need. It is also wise to consider plants that may be around the vertical garden and how much sun they need as well.
Vertical gardens are also “high maintenance” compared a regular garden. They require more water and more fertilizer, which in turn means-more time! Since vertical gardens are exposed to wind and heat more so than regular gardens, it is important that they are properly maintained. Make sure you are aware of this fact and make sure you will have for maintenance.
Another con to vertical gardening is the support they offer to the plants. Smaller plants usually do very well in these types of gardens. Larger plants, like tomatoes for instance, tend to be heavier thus requiring more support. If you plan on using a vertical garden for heavier plants you may want to also consider securing the garden more so than if you plan on having lighter plans. It would also need to be put on something that is very sturdy and can handle extra security.
Vertical gardening is not only amazing in regards to structures and beautiful in regard to aesthetics, it is also very soothing. You just have to be aware of everything a vertical garden entails prior to doing one. If you have the location and the means then go ahead and make your yard beautiful-and the surrounding areas, too!