What is a vertical vegetable garden
The vertical garden is the answer to growing vegetables and vegetables in a small space. The idea was born above all for those who live in the city and do not own a plot of land but only a small garden, if not simply a little space on the terrace or balcony. Those who find themselves in these conditions are usually forced to give up the pleasure of growing their favorite vegetables, putting aside the green thumb and the idea of bringing something self-produced to the table. Fortunately, these people are met by the vertical garden which, as the name implies, exploits the space vertically by arranging the containers with the sowing in height on different shelves. Of course there are some rules to follow and you can't just stack the pots randomly.
Which vegetables to grow
For a vertical vegetable garden that it is productive to the maximum it is better to choose the most suitable varieties of vegetables and greens. Not all, in fact, lend themselves to growing in pots. Furthermore, the arrangement is also important, some vegetables must be placed higher, others can also be under everything. If we take tomatoes as an example, it is necessary to choose the varieties that tend to develop in width while in height they are quite contained, so that they do not conflict with the plants arranged upstairs. A good idea is to choose climbing tomatoes because they can be placed under everything and left to grow along the structure that holds all the shelves. If you choose climbing tomatoes, the other vegetables and greens must instead have bushy growth to avoid tangling and conflict.
The necessary equipment
A vertical vegetable garden it does not require special equipment and the classic and bulky tools typical of the countryside are not required. Most of the things you need to manage a vertical vegetable garden are those that you normally already have at home for gardening. The most important is certainly the watering can, to which it is good to buy several different types of diffusers, or only one but capable of dispensing water in various ways. Extremely useful is then the iron shovel with a short handle to be able to arrange the vegetables and the soil in the pots in a comfortable way and a small rake to level the ground. Finally, obviously, the containers and pots are needed to arrange the various plants. The vases can be of different sizes and materials according to both needs and personal tastes.
Vertical garden: Various types
The possible configurations of the vertical garden, of course, vary according to the space you have. The first thing to consider, however, is to find a safe and stable location in order to avoid sagging and falling of the vases or containers. The best thing to do, if possible, is to attach the structure to the wall. The easiest way to create vertical gardens is to use shelves. The material of these shelves is indifferent and depends exclusively on your taste and your economic availability. So both plastic, iron, and wood are fine, both natural and painted in order to be nicer. In any case it is good to always use saucers or at least a tarpaulin to spread on the shelves to protect them from the water that flows when the plants are watered.