Everyone’s heard that vertical stripes are supposed to be slimming, and horizontal stripes are supposedly less flattering. The same is true of your garden! Take advantage of potentially unused space with a variety of vertical gardening methods to condense more plants into a smaller horizontal growing area. Dalen Products produces two items especially suited for this: our Trellis Netting and our Stackable Garden.
So if you’re living in an apartment, have only a small area set aside for growing, or are simply trying to maximize your space, why not try vertical gardening?
Vertical gardening can refer to several different techniques: it could be on a huge scale like these urban indoor farms in Japan; it could be a lush wall garden inside your home, or a stacking planter, or a shady trellis. It could be planted with ornamental plants, edible plants, or a mix of the two. Besides being space-saving, vertical gardening or farming can provide attractive privacy screens, easy maintenance, and better yields than growing horizontally.
Growing plants “vertically” is nothing new; climbing plants have entwined themselves around trees to reach the sun for millennia. Trellises have exploited this tendency in grapevines and other climbing crops since before the Romans. The ancient Babylonians and Mayans grew plants on terrace steps centuries ago. But thanks to recent trends and innovations, ambitious gardeners and urban farmers can now grow plants on walls, indoors, parallel rather than perpendicular to the soil!
Green walls, often shown crafted in a frame with succulents, have been growing in popularity since 2008, and are still a popular home and business installment. But while beautiful, these can often be expensive and difficult to maintain. While you might not have the time and resources to install a green wall in your home, why not create a relaxing green curtain around your porch, patio, or balcony with a trellis? Or put a small area of your garden space to work with a stackable garden?
Lots of things! Ornamental twining vines are a very popular option for decorative purposes, and of course cucumbers, peas, and tomatoes grow best with some form of support.
So why is that? Several reasons:
All these reasons translate to better yields for you! According to NC State University, for example, when cucumbers are grown on trellises they can produce “2 to 3 times the average yield from non-trellised fields.” (For the original article click here)
Especially if you’re using the trellis for edible plants, it’s best to keep it at least a foot from any walls for air circulation.
Besides their excellent benefits for crops, trellises have great aesthetic appeal. They can screen your patio or balcony from nosy neighbors; block an ugly view or unsightly yard fixture (like a water tank or air conditioning unit); partition off different areas of your garden, or create a lovely screened-in porch.
I’m glad you asked! Here are 6 reasons stackable planters are great:
If the venerable history and innovative new methods –as well as all the potential benefits– have you eager to try vertical gardening, Dalen offers a stackable garden and two different mesh sizes of trellis netting, both made entirely in the USA. Click here for a list of retailers!
If you do try “growing up” with some of these methods, let us know! We’d love to see your photos and hear your comments.