In our blog, we’ve covered the small space essential of container gardening, but how can we minimize the area those containers take up? The answer is to grow up, instead of growing to the side. At Yard Butler, we’ve created the perfect solution for minimal space. Our Yard Trees are designed with space optimization in mind. The tree comes with three hooks and two rings that you can position in the most beneficial way for your plants. And best of all, it only takes up about two feet of your patio or balcony floor. This means you can have a tower of plants just steps from your door filled with plants, flowers, or even delicious herbs and vegetables that will always be fresh for your table.
So once you’ve decided to start a vertical garden, where do you go from there? First of all, you’re going to want to decide exactly where you want your vertical garden and get a good idea of how much sun that area gets. It’s possible if you have your plants out on a balcony, part of the garden will be shaded, while the other part will receive full sun. The beauty of the Yard Butler hooks and rings is that they’re adjustable so you can choose to chase or avoid the sun if necessary.
With any type of home gardening, you need to go for plants that do best in your environment. Most vegetables and herbs want lots of sunlight, whereas succulents and some varieties of flowers do better in partial or even complete shade. If arranged correctly, you can have the best of both worlds. Just keep an eye on your plants during the day as the sun changes positions in the sky. You may think you have a nice shady area that is actually drenched in sunlight while you’re at work.
Once you’ve determined your sunlight levels, you can go peruse your local nursery for some perfect hanging plants. It’s important to remember that gravity is going to have a huge impact on the way your plants are growing (or not growing). If you pick plants that need to develop massive root systems you’re going to have a bad time. You want plants that are relatively lightweight and won’t cause you to strain your back to lift them.
Something many people don’t consider with their vertical garden is that you need to be more mindful of the possibility of your plants drying out than you would with a standard container garden. The plants towards the top of your garden will dry out more quickly, and won’t get any residual water from plants above it. Because of that, you should place the plants that require the least amount of water towards the top of your vertical garden. Succulents are a perfect candidate for the very top. Your picks that require more water and are more likely to dry out faster should be placed towards the bottom of your garden.
With a vertical garden in the right spot you can grow your own food in a small space or nurture some gorgeous flowers for your home. The choice is yours. Being mindful of these vertical gardening tips and tricks will allow you to personalize your patio planters in no time.