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Spring has finally arrived and if you’re a gardener, you’ve been chompin’ at the bit to get your summer garden started.  You may have already taken-over indoor spaces with your seedling starter trays.  Well before you reclaim your dining table and prepare to plant outdoors, have you considered the many benefits of vertical gardening?

Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardening offers a wide variety of benefits.  This image illustrates two popular examples, raised beds and a trellis garden.  A few more vertical gardening advantages are featured below:

Benefits of Vertical Gardening:

  • Maximize Horizontal and Vertical Space
  • Create Privacy Walls and Sound Barriers
  • Hide Unsightly Views
  • Utilize Recyclable Materials* – (Bamboo, untreated wood and more)
  • Benefits Persons with Health or Mobility Challenges
  • Great Project to Do with Your Grandchildren
  • Easily Retrofitted to be Portable by Adding Wheels or Casters
  • Endless Beautification Possibilities
  • Water Conservation (depending on the system used)

This following article by Ann Gibson – The Micro Gardener,  introduces you to a variety of vertical gardening techniques that are not only versatile, they are works of art.

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Add Space with Creative Vertical Gardens: Part 1

Ann Gibson – The Micro Gardener

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What is Vertical Gardening?

Simply put, vertical gardening creatively utilises a structure to maximise the growing space and exploit the potential of both the vertical and horizontal planes. Think outside the square: 3D gardens with colour, shape and texture not just flat designs! Traditional in-ground garden beds have very limited potential whereas growing ‘up’ or ‘down’ and ‘stacking’ techniques provide you with loads more options.

Read the entire article here:

http://themicrogardener.com/add-space-with-creative-vertical-gardens-part-1/

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Helpful Tip:  When planting an edible garden be sure to be mindful of the materials used to build your vertical  garden structure.  Natural, untreated materials (like bamboo and untreated wood) are preferential, safe choices when you want to grow food.  Painted recycled tires, rain gutters, PVC pipes, and other painted containers, for example, are best used as ornamental garden structures for your flowers and shrubs.  You can get more helpful tips on container safety from our new Australian friend,  Anne Gibson – The Organic Gardener at this link: http://themicrogardener.com/choose-safe-containers-for-growing-food/.  Thank you Anne, for giving Golden Agers Rock! permission to reference your wonderful articles.

If you like the idea of vertical gardening but you’re not a ‘do-it-yourselfer’ who would enjoy building a vertical garden structure, check out this video:

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If you have a vertical garden and would like to share your success stories send us a picture.  We’d love to see what you’ve done in the way of vertical gardening and who knows, we might even feature it on Golden Agers Rock!

 

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