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…
- 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.
- 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.