Going to New Heights to Maximize Your Garden

One of the top trends in gardening for 2011 is vertical gardening. This space saving method is perfect for balconies, decks, patios, indoors, and gardens. Vertical gardening can also add privacy and is easy for those with arthritis or back problem, eliminating bending low to the ground. If your space is large or small you can benefit from some type of vertical gardening.

Container gardening has long been popular for small decks, balconies and indoors. Containers are now going to new heights to maximize growing space in the smallest of gardens. One great way to utilize your vertical space on a deck or balcony is by using a self watering planter such as a Earth Box with a trellis. In this type of set up you can grow tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and even cantaloupes. Another way of using a trellis is to mount the trellis to an exterior wall and then using clips attach small pots with succulents or small flowers, add a potted climbing plant at its base to fill in the unused space. Don’t forget to add window boxes and rail planters which are perfect for flowers and greens such as spinach.

Your indoor garden can be more than just a few house plants in pots. There are great new self-watering systems that can transform an entire wall into a living wall full of lush plants. You can also install a pegboard and using pegs suspend pots at different heights on a wall; easy to move plants around and water. They even make containers and shelves for pegboards so the possibilities are endless.

If you are lucky enough to have a yard large enough for a garden you can still gain extra space and add visual interest to your garden by adding vertical features. A trellis or arbor with a climbing vine has long been a favorite, you could also add an pergola which once the vines covered the top would provide tons of shade during the summer months. A great choice for pergolas or arbors is a grape vine. Not only do they have pretty foliage but after the 3rd year you get yummy grapes; you could even make your own homemade wine.

Another great often overlooked area is your fence. Treat your fence as a wall. If you have a tall privacy fence add shelving to set pots on or mount planters directly to the fence for additional growing space. Chain link fencing is perfect for growing any climbing plant and add additional privacy.

One of our favorite vertical gardening techniques is to install a tee-pee. Using branches, boards, or bamboo you construct a pyramid or tee-pee. Plant bean poles, squash, small melons or fragrant climbing flowers to grow over the structure. Larger tee-pees can become great hiding places for small children during the summer.

Below are some additional visual inspirations to help you make the most of your vertical space.

Self-watering living wall

Boxes mounted to a fence- functional and visually appealing

Pots mounted to a fence or trellis can be fun and colorful

Lush moss walls can divide spaces and add privacy

Supended pots are great for indoor growing

A trellis can add visual interest to a plain exterior wall

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One Response to “Going to New Heights to Maximize Your Garden”

  1. October 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    I stumbled on your site and as someone who just starting to look into gardening and eventually some Cheese making. And since I’ll be in a Apartment for 2 years, I want to be able to learn what I can, to prepare myself for a full on garden.
    (Living in Phoenix AZ, I’m leaning towards using a hydroponic system possibly in a pool space just because so many homes here have pools and I’d rather use the space for something to create as apposed to the money-pit they are. But that’ll depend on my hands on learning.

    This site has a LOT of great ideas. One thing that I’m probably missing is in depth plans or explanations. As an example, for my first project, the suspended pots project would be a great way to grow cooking herbs, and most importantly keep them out of reach of the cats! (it’s been a problem round here!) But I didn’t see any hints, tips or plans
    I’m still surfing the site, the self watering living wall is a no brainer for a porch! beautiful! And using the trellis is also something I want to play with. But for the first year or so, I need to star small and hope I just missed the tips on the hanging pot setup (things like drainage, etc)

    Thanks for the awesome site, And a quick info about me.. I’m insane enough that as soon as I feel comfortable with it, I’m thinking of adding a second fridge on the deck, hacking it to be my “cheese Cave” and a trellis with some growth on it would just make it much nicer yaknow? And I can just unplug it all, and move it when we buy our house Love the site!

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