Vertical Gardens are taking over the world!
I’m sure you have seen all kinds of trends in gardening that had you just a little more excited than normal. One of these trends that has me totally enchanted is the idea of growing things in a more vertical direction. Why does this thrill me so much? Good Question and the answer is one that I’m sure many of you will be able to relate to!
I have been gardening for years. Too many years to count! Each year that has gone by has been filled with flowers and vegetables that I like to grow. But, as the years have gone by, so has my mobility. Getting down to ground level is now more difficult than it has been in the past. So, what is a tried and true gardener supposed to do?
When you can no longer bend over easily, or get down on your knees to garden to your heart’s content, what do you do?
Well, one thing is certain, I can’t quit doing something that I love to do. I have been searching for ways to continue gardening even though my knees don’t like to bend. Arthritis has made it impossible for me to get down and dirty like I did many years ago. I’m not complaining, just looking for new ways to continue my passion for gardening.
Thank goodness, many growers have been looking into this problem as well. The result has been gardens that literally grow up! Vertical gardening has taken off like a rocket. Some of the vertical gardens I have chosen to show you here are absolutely wonderful, innovative and extremely environmentally friendly. What more could you want?
Let’s see what is available!
Just look at this array of vertical garden systems that are readily arranged to start you growing up. Each one has the benefit of taking up much less space than a full garden would. This would be excellent for apartment dwellers. All that is required is a balcony to set this up on and about 4 square feet.
Let’s Look at the Specifics
The Garden Tower 2 is a great option. Priced in the higher bracket, it comes with a 5-year guarantee. Not only is it a vertical tower of growing pockets, but it is also a composter. This unit will turn your scraps into fertilizer for the very plants you are growing in the tower. Dual use in the same space! With 50 pockets, you can plant vegetables and flowers together. Your tower planter can become your one stop shop for fresh vegetables, herbs, and lovely flowers too.
The 5 Tier Stackable Strawberry Planter is also a stackable vertical growing system. It measures 12 inches by 12 inches and 28 inches in height. The down side of this system seems to be that it is a little small for vegetables. It will work well for flowers and small herbs and strawberries. I don’t believe it is big enough for tomatoes. Depending on what you want to grow this vertical system may be enough for you.
Our next choice is the Large 5 Tier Vertical Garden Tower. Black in color, this one can be used as a regular planter or as a start up hydroponic garden. It comes with a center watering tube. This may or may not be enough for your needs. From the reviews, it seems that this one might be better with some holes drilled into the pockets so that watering will trickle down to the lower pots. No Base with this garden system, so that would be a separate purchase. It gets good review all around. Affordable and with larger pockets to grow plants in, this one may be better for vegetables.
I like to give you lots of options, so have included this wooden tower for vertical planting as well. The Earth Tower Vertical Garden does not get as many good reviews. Many complained about the difficulty in putting this together. For those of you who don’t like using plastics, this would be another option. I’m not sure that it would be a good option, though. Please check out the reviews for yourself and make your decision based on your own thoughts and feelings.
Mr. Stacky is another Vertical Gardening Option. It stacks 5 high and is about 38 inches tall. It will grow 20 plants in its pockets and is good for strawberries, herbs, and smaller vegetables. Watering the top pot is all that is required as the water will trickle down to the lower levels. This unit does not have a catch pan or a way to rotate the unit. When this is full of plants and soil, it would become a consideration because it will become very heavy. It’s not big enough for tomatoes and larger vegetables, though.
Another Mr. Stacky product in terra cotta. Quite a bit larger than the previous Vertical Garden. This one will allow the successful growing of some vegetables. 24 pockets allow you to mix your preferences. 18 inches in diameter and over 7 ft tall. The down side is that this also does not have a catch tray or wheels to allow you to turn the planter. These are both important requirements, especially if you are growing on a balcony.
Vertical Hydroponic DIY 4 Tower Garden System This is another vertical gardening system that is made for outdoor use only. Truly a hydroponic system with pumps and its own irrigation system. It gets rave reviews from verified buyers that seem to be very pleased with their purchase. I think if you have the outdoor space for this setup, it would be a good one. I have not purchased this for myself but I can fully understand how this would be a game changer for many people who don’t want to garden down low. Do check out what comes with this kit and make an informed decision.
I have included some Red Wiggler Worms! Why? Well, let me tell you that after all the research I have done for myself I know which Vertical Gardening Set up is going to work for my own personal needs and the red wiggler worms are going to be an important part of that setup. These worms are the best workers anyone could ask for in a composting situation. They will eat food scraps faster than you can deliver them. The resulting fertilizer that they make is the best natural fertilizers you could use in your garden set-up. These worms will work overtime in a compost heap too. They should be an important part of any gardener’s tools. Nature sometimes really does help us out.
Gardening is a hobby that many people love. It is relaxing and can result in some wonderful meals to share with your family. Fresh fruits and vegetables from your own garden allow you to fully enjoy the whole process of growing and then eating. Don’t let a lack of mobility hinder your gardening efforts. Fresh tomatoes from your own garden are just the best you will ever taste. Make use of your vertical space and garden in a whole new way. There are many vertical gardening supplies available and I have tried to show you several here. Do some research for yourself and pick the one that suits you best. This is going to be my choice….