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Photo: Living Rug And Dog  © 2010 Mannwaar

Photo: Living Rug And Dog © 2010 Mannwaar

When you have limited space, gardening can be a challenge. You have to come up with new ways to grow plants besides the traditional ground plots of soil. This is where growing in containers and vertical positions come into play. It is essential to select the best vertical gardening containers when growing your plants in this position to ensure success. This type of gardening helps you grow plants in a small amount of space, but the containers have to be the right size, depth and width for the plant that is in them. These also must provide the right drainage. They also have to fit well with where you want to place them.

Vertical Gardening Ideas

Hanging baskets are excellent vertical gardening containers for this type of gardening. Many plants such as ivy, ferns and geraniums thrive in these baskets with the right care. Most hanging baskets have excellent drainage. Simply hang them on the house, fence, shed, or on special hooks made for this purpose.

Pots are ideal vertical gardening containers to grow many types of plants. These can be placed on racks, benches or windowsills (either inside or outside the house). You can stick one anywhere you have a small space. Even if you do not have enough room to grow large plants, you may be able to grow small plants such as herbs. If your plant is a climbing plant, make sure the pot has its own trellis, or it is placed by a fence or other structure to allow the plant to have something to cling to, as it grows.

Photo: Vertical Gardening In Santa Barbara © 2012 Stereogab

Photo: Vertical Gardening In Santa Barbara © 2012 Stereogab

Unique planters can also be used such as empty plastic bottles, plastic bags, canvas bags, old wood barrels (as long as no toxic materials have been in them), buckets, or even boots. These just need to have enough space for the roots of the plants to spread. Some plant roots need a lot of room, while others do not need much room to spread. The bottles and bags can be mounted on a wall, fence or board that has been secured to the ground. Remember that drainage is also important. In any of these containers, drainage holes may be needed.

There also are premade vertical gardening containers designed specifically for this type of growing. These come with a trellis already attached just like the Gardman Wooden Trellis Patio Planter. Climbing roses is one example of the plants that grow well in these containers. Pole beans may also do well for another example. When growing vegetables in these planters, most will need full sun. Flowers will vary according to what species they are. The Polanter is extremely helpful with vertical gardens. It comes highly recommended, All you need to do is fit it together and load it up with your chosen plants or vegetables.

Amount of Sun, Water and Nutrients Important

As with any gardening, your plants in vertical gardening need the right amount of sun, water and nutrients to thrive. Many plants need full sun, which is six to eight hours of direct sun each day. Some plants love part shade, part sun better though, and do well with maybe 4 hours of direct sun and then shade in the hottest part of the day. Then you have your shade-loving plants that prefer all shade.Some impatiens falls into this category of plant. This is just one example. There are many other plants that can be grown in the shade. Make sure to know how much sun your plants require before positioning them in your vertical garden. Plants in containers can oftentimes require extra watering during the day. This depends on the type of plant, container and temperature. If it is an incredibly hot day, the soil will dry out faster than on cooler days.

Also, some container hold moisture better than others. You could try looking into placing an irrigation system. We advise using the Am-Tech Container Drip Watering Irrigation Kit within your containers.

Plants will need added nourishment along the way as they grow in the containers. Adding compost to the soil before you plant your plants is the best way to ensure they have the proper nutrients. Organic fertilizers can also be added, when necessary. You can create your very own compost bin within your garden or even buy one ready made like this 300 Litre Eco Compost Converter Bin.

When you choose your vertical gardening containers correctly for your particular plants, you take the first step to having a successful garden. However, just like all organic gardens proper care must be given after you plant your flowers or other plants to ensure success so learning how to grow an organic garden is essential.

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