Vertical Gardening

 

The main reason why gardeners do not usually take tree planting seriously is because of the time it takes for a tree to grow, mature and bear fruits. For a gardener, he would rather grow fruits or vegetables in his garden because this would only take him weeks or months of waiting for his crops to mature and ready to harvest. But there are also varieties of fruit trees that grow really fast. These are the trees that every gardener should consider growing in his garden together with his other garden crops.

Here are 7 Fruit-Bearing Trees That Grow Fast


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1. Peach tree

In just a year, this tree can grow up to 15 feet and will start bearing fruits in less than two years, making it a good fruit bearing tree for your garden.

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People with limited spaces who are becoming more and more concerned about the nutritional value (or lack thereof) of most store-bought produce are flocking to the concept of vertical gardening. This is the method of growing plants upwards or downwards which uses up relatively less space than traditional backyard gardening. Like with any other type of growing things, vertical gardening also has its fair share of advantages and disadvantages.

One of the reasons vertical gardening has become such a hit aside from the minimal space it requires to thrive is the beauty it adds to a place. Whenever you need to beautify a bare wall or a boring fence, you can just create a vertical garden and in no time, your wall, fence or even deck and patio is alive with colors plus you also get to serve healthy, fresh, delicious meals to your family. However, there are some drawbacks to using vertical gardens as well.

In this post, let’s explore the various pros and cons of this method of growing plants…

The Pros

  • For those with limited space to work with, this method may be the only option they have for growing their own food.
  • Plants help clean the air so with vertical gardens inside or outside (or on the side) of your home, you can enjoy fresher, cleaner air which is great for the health.
  • Plants, either food crops or ornamental, when grown vertically can add to the aesthetics of a place. Hanging plants or those that are made to grow upwards are interesting to look at so they can work both as a source of food and décor.
  • There’s less clutter if you have a vertical garden because it is essentially out of the way. Unlike with container gardening where the planters may be everywhere: on tabletops, floor, windowsill, steps, halls, etc. Vertical gardening is for the minimalist gardener who wants a more organized look.

The Cons

  • Vertical gardens dry out quickly especially if they receive a lot of sun and there’s no way to move them and get them out of direct sunlight. Dried up soil weakens the plants which might eventually die out. When building your vertical garden in a sunny place, look at the materials you’ll be using. Avoid using dark grey metal containers that heat up fast (and cook your plants before they are ready to eat) and instead use light colored plastic ones.
  • The growing space for the plants may also be limited because vertical gardens cannot provide a lot of space for the roots to expand. It may be difficult to grow larger plants in a vertical garden unless the structure is heavy duty. This disadvantage limits gardeners to growing smaller varieties of plants that are slow to grow.
  • A vertical garden can be messy too and thus requires a lot of maintenance. Dirt tends to fall out from the sides of containers and water may leak out. Leaking water can damage the support structure, fence or wall.
  • Water drainage may be a problem if the garden is indoors.

So these are basically the pros and cons of vertical gardens. The drawbacks can be avoided by carefully planning your garden from the design and construction to its placement to the water irrigation system to the containers to be used.

If you want lesser headaches and easy to maintain vertical gardens, there are vertical planting systems you can invest in. The Grow Up Hydrogarden is a way of growing plants vertically that does not make use of soil as growing medium. This already eliminates the problem of the soil drying out. Plants are grown in perlites, a volcanic glass that can retain water so the plants remain well watered.

The system is also portable so it can be easily moved from one spot to another or turned in place. This way, you can control the amount of sun the plants receive. Nutrients are given to plants through the water which is pumped by the system’s gravity based built-in recirculating watering system so growth is really fast and can be seen in two weeks. GrowUp Hydrogarden is also self-watering, making sure that plants are cared for even when the garden is left alone for days.

Another problem this system eliminates is the mess – no soil involved, no dirt, no weeding. Water leaking out is not an issue either because the base of the system holds the water in which is re-circulated to the plants.

With the Grow Up Hydrogarden system, most of the drawbacks of vertical gardening are eliminated so you are essentially left with just the advantages. Though some money is required in getting such a system, the return of investment is quick because you will start to reap the fruits of your (lesser) efforts in no time. And the system is durable by the way, so it can last for many years, ensuring a steady source of fresh, delicious and nutritious produce for your table for years that will save you lots of money.

Vertical gardening is a popular concept for gardeners in cities as it offers a great solution for growing in limited space. However, vertical gardeners soon find that the method is far from perfect as there are still some negative issues to tackle. Still, these problems can be solved and avoided if the gardener knows what to do.

There are three common problems associated to vertical gardening and these are:

  1. dry soil and plants
  2. leaking water
  3. heavy containers

In this article, we will explore the possible solutions to these problems.

Dry Soil, Dry Plants

The small containers used in vertical gardening tend to make the soil and plants dry out quickly especially when exposed to full sun.

One solution will be to set up a drip watering system to make sure the soil stays moist but not overwatered. Install a conventional drip irrigation system at the top of your vertical garden. How this irrigation system works is that when water is released, it drips down and waters the top plants first then continues to drip down until all plants in all levels is watered. Excess water is collected at the bottom of the vertical garden. A pump may be installed to recycle the water.

Another solution would be to add vermiculite to the soil. This hydrous, silicate mineral will help retain water in the soil. You can purchase vermiculite at any gardening shop.

Leaking Water

ID-10038665This can be a major problem since vertical gardens can drain from all sides (the back, the base, the sides) unlike with traditional potted plants that drain from the bottom and the water can be contained in a saucer. All the water leaking from a vertical garden can damage your fence or wall and make a lot of mess on your deck or patio.

There could be several solutions to the water leakage problem. One is to divert excess water to a specific location using a drip line or PVC pipe attached to the base of the garden.

Attaching a waterproof backing to open garden containers that are fixed to the wall or fence can also prevent water damage. Or you can just affix the planters to a sturdy trellis away from the wall or fence.

Heavy Containers

The vertical garden’s supporting structure can be strained by the weight of the planters and growing plants. Affixing planters to a weak wood fence is not a good idea.

A solution to this problem would be to use containers that are shallow and require less soil like gutters.

Another option is to hung potted plants. You can also set planters on leaning ladder shelves.

A pallet is a good material to use for a vertical garden. You can place it on the ground and lean it up against the wall.

As you can see, the common problems of vertical gardening can be resolved with careful planning and using proper planting materials. However, there is a way to bypass these problems or totally eliminate them and organically grow healthy plants that are both tasty and delicious.
The Grow Up Hydrogarden system eliminates these 3 problems: dry soil, leaking water and heavy containers that strain structural support. It is a hydroponic gardening system that uses no soil at all. Instead, it makes use of perlites as a growing medium. Nutrients are introduced directly to the plants through the water. It is self-watering and comes with a well structured base that houses the gravity-based built in re-circulating watering system. The base also prevents water leakage and run offs. Additionally, as the perlites are super lightweight, the vertical garden can be easily moved from one place to another so the plants can have full benefit of the sun and you can bring it indoors in bad weather.

The ease of maintenance the Grow Up Hydrogarden system offers also makes it perfect for busy urban gardeners who are yearning for the taste of real food. You can grow up to 20 different crops using the system all at once with minimal effort and very little time spent maintaining the garden.