The green wall revolution coincides with the increased liking in urban gardening. Green walls are great for those who don’t have much garden space. A vertical garden can go just about anywhere – indoors or outdoors. This is still something you can attempt yourself on a smaller scale at home.
How to install your own
1. Look for a vertical space or wall
Plants need the same thing, no matter how you arrange them. A type of the sun exposure will be at top consideration. Quantity & quality of sunlight may determine the plants you have to choose. Most vegetables need at least four hours of sunlight a day and a south-facing wall will provide the most light.
2. Decide a type of vertical garden
There are different varieties to choose from. ‘Living wall type’- The plants receive water and nutrients from within the vertical support instead of from the ground. ‘Pocket garden’- featuring plants fixed into pockets made from felt or canvas. ‘Detachable cups/pots type’- Roots and soil are not housed in the wall but in separate planters.
3. Choose Your Plants
You can mix plants with the same habit. Selection of plants will be according to the light exposure. Succulents, herbs, vegetables, trailing varieties, ferns, Ground covers are suitable. If this is your first time, try starting with mint, basil, chilies & lettuce. You can start with seeds or seedlings but if you’re starting in late spring, use seedlings.
4. Choose your growing containers
Things to think- types of plants, local climate, temporary versus permanent installation and what kind of surface you’re working with. Use a material which has effective water retention properties and lets roots grow through. Plastic is generally considered the most appropriate material otherwise wooden pallets can be used.
5. Look for Planting Basics
It includes growing media (soil), irrigation (water source), gravity & maintenance. Vertical gardens dry out quickly, potting soil helps retain the water and hold in the moisture. You can grow the plants horizontally for a few weeks to let the roots establish themselves and help hold the soil in place.
Recommended Planters : Colorful Planters :
Add a splash of colors to indoor or table top plants at home and office with these colorful planters.
Buy ready to use nutrient rich soil:
In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.
Buy Decorative Pebbles :
Decorate planters or garden landscapes with these decorative pebbles :
Using pebbles in a garden brings different colours and textures to the garden. Pebbles can also fill up otherwise empty space in the garden, leaving a visual that might be considered more interesting and aesthetic than simple dirt, soil or mulch.