Do you own a vertical garden? They are ideal for city dwellers and gardeners who have advanced with time. If you don’t have one, here are some reasons why you should consider having one:
Economy of space
With a vertical garden, you grow your crops vertically and not flat on the ground. In fact, you can have a vertical garden anywhere you want because you can stick it on a wall, build a freestanding growing unit or even hang your crops in a box. Hence, if you want to grow your own crops and you’ve limited space, a vertical garden is the solution you’ve been looking for.
It has aesthetic values
Vegetated areas or surfaces are always considered appealing unlike bare grounds. Having a vertical garden in your home can improve its aesthetic value. However, according to Chris from www.cityforest.com.au this can depend with the type of plants you have planted in your garden. Also, you can use these gardens to obscure unsightly structures or even walls to make your home beautiful.
They are easily accessible
Getting tired when tending or harvesting is one of the reason why most people don’t like growing crops on their gardens. Since vertical gardens are not flat, they are easy to access when maintaining them or doing any other activity. In fact, green walls are ideal for people who have mobility issues or have arthritis because they can easily access the garden sitting down or even standing.
Improves plant health
When you garden vertically, you elevate your garden from pests such as rabbits, slugs, moles and mice among other pests. Additionally, vertical gardens gives your plants a better exposure to sunlight making them grow better and faster. With optimal sunlight, plants are able to make their own food at a faster rate unlike when growing being obscured.
If you have a vertical garden against your wall, you reduce the effect of ultraviolet (UV) rays damage because little or no sun rays will be able to reach the wall. Additionally, these gardens also protect a building from wind and temperature fluctuations reducing repair and maintenance costs and eventually durability of the building.
Helps to purify the air
During the day, plants utilize carbon (IV) oxide to make their own food and release oxygen gas a by-product during photosynthesis process. This has a significant importance because it reduces carbon dioxide levels in urban areas through its extraction from the air. A vertical garden may also supress dust concentration in the air thus reducing respiratory diseases e.g. asthma and allergic infections too.
Vertical gardens helps in noise reduction
Ideally, vegetated areas have low reflectivity but high absorption of noise produced. Therefore, if you have a green wall, you can reduce noise intensity because there will be little reflection of the sound. In urban areas where noise pollution is common, green walls are used to improve the living conditions by reducing noise.
Vertical gardens are available in all sizes and shapes depending with what you want to grow, where you locate your garden and your preferences. A-frames can be made easily with lumber and other few tools. On the other hand, green walls are a bit tricky and hence require some professionalism to be effective. From root pouches vertical gardens to re-purposed soda bottles, the extent of vertical gardens is only limited to your creativity!