When presented with different methods of gardening, vertical gardening receives little attention despite its versatility in the world of planting. When aided by the presence of a trellis or obelisk, vertical planting has a number of different virtues that make it a fantastic planting method for gardeners of all different skills.
One of vertical gardening’s greatest strengths is the lack of space which the technique requires in comparison to more traditional forms of gardening. Vertical gardening can be done in crowded spaces, and those areas of the garden where it seems nothing will fit. Rather than wasting the space that you still have left over in the garden or around the home, consider plants that will grow vertically to supplement these areas.
Vertical gardening can be done in crowded spaces, and those areas of the garden where it seems nothing will fit.
Be Careful Not To Overcrowd
While growing plants vertically will obviously take up less space than other forms of growing and planting. The gardener will still want to make sure that the space is not overcrowded. This will often involve checking to make sure that the plants that are within the gardening space are not planted directly on top of each other and have the suggested amount of separation.
Remember that the yields of your garden will in fact be greater if you take the proper spacing into consideration. Overcrowding your plants may seem like a quick way to get more out of your space, but this technique will backfire as the plants will choke each other out as they compete for the scarce resources in this small space.
Ease In Maintenance
Not only does vertical planting make it easier to grow plants in small spaces, it also makes every other factor of maintenance just a little easier for the gardener. Planting in a vertical plane narrows the depth of the garden, which allows the gardener to reach more of the plant as clumps of plant material are less likely to form. This strength of vertical gardening makes the job that much easier for the gardener as they don’t have to climb through a mass of plants to prune, weed, or water.
Better Sun Exposure
Sun exposure will also be greatly increased in a vertical garden, the length of the plant will likely be more evenly spread out along a trellis or vertical planter, exposing it to a greater amount of sunlight. The increased sun exposure to your plants will likely increase the amount of flowers, or fruits that are present in your garden. This facet of vertical gardening will make your garden all the more vibrant, while also adding all the previous factors.
The increased sun exposure to your plants will likely increase the amount of flowers, or fruits
Care for your plants will also be easier in a vertical planting system. The increased visibility of the plants and the ease for maintenance will do two things to prevent disease and pests. First of all it will make it easier for you to spot these problems, diseases can be cut out of the plant more quickly and effect the entirety of the plant less severely, while pests will also be spotted sooner and can then be removed. This will then make it easier to cut out much smaller portions of the plants to maintain the health of the whole garden.