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By now it’s safe to say most people are aware of the intrinsic benefits of urban plant propagation: climate control, water catchment, aesthetic appeal, the list goes on. A gardening trend that’s gaining momentum is that of vertical gardening. With limited space, soil, and water resources, urban gardeners are coming to appreciate the potential for building up — or vertical gardening — just as their city-planning counterparts have with reinvented “green” skyscrapers and high-rise structures, maximizing limited space by directing construction upward, not outward.
The notion of using a trellis for roses is certainly nothing new, but despite their familiarity, these space savers somehow get overlooked when it comes to other vines. Edibles such as peas, beans, melons, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, berries and grapes are prime candidates for trellis cultivation, not to mention a vast array of ornamental vines. Trellis gardening can be implemented in areas with little or no soil, such as rooftops, courtyards, or balconies, or even adapted for use indoors and can take several shapes, from A-frames to flats to arched arbors to columns.
There are a few different approaches you can use for this type of construction, depending on whether you intend to treat your wall as a sort of vertical container garden with rows of planters or pots or an integrated “living wall” covered in layers of compostable material such as coir fibre that can be shaped into pockets for plants which will then take root in the structure permanently. This low impact, low maintenance garden structure is ideal for shallow-rooting plants such as succulents, ferns, herbs, and ornamental grasses.
Hanging or Stacking Planters
Instead of a single sad spider plant isolated in some corner of the living room, try stringing several pots together in columns, rows, or rows of columns, to form a curtain of greenery. Hanging pots can also be hung from an old standalone hat or coat rack, balcony railings, or even the branches of mature trees. Though somewhat pricey, stackable planters are also gaining in popularity, particularly perhaps since most designs are even self-watering, perfect for away-from-home commuters. Talk about thinking outside the window box!