How To Start Your Own Vertical Garden - Leaf'd

How To Start Your Own Vertical Garden

by Jana Free
Bringing plants into your home is a great way to stay connected to the beauty and energy of nature. Plants breathe life into a space and they can serve as a reminder to appreciate what nature has provided for us. An easy – and creative – way to incorporate plants into your environment is by creating a vertical garden. Vertical gardens can be grown indoors or out. They require little space and they can be filled with pretty flowers or goodies for you to eat. Types of Vertical Gardens One of the most fun vertical gardens to set up is an herb garden, which you can grow in little bags that hang on a kitchen wall. It can also be stunning to incorporate a vertical succulent garden into an entryway or living room, to serve as a dramatic focal point. There’s really no end to what you can conceive – and create – in terms of vertical gardens for your home. If you love fresh tomatoes or strawberries, consider a vertical produce garden growing on trellises on a backyard patio. A vertical garden on a balcony could take the form of mini pots filled with your favorite greenery or blossoms, and then laid side-by-side as they ascend up ladder steps. Think for a minute about how a vertical garden might add beauty – and even health benefits – to your home. Plants can lift the spirit with their gracious colors and form, and they provide a source of life energy to the body (and the air we breathe). The following are a couple of ways that you can incorporate vertical gardens into your living space: Design-Focused Vertical Gardens Design-focused vertical gardens make brilliant use of reclaimed wood wall-mounted boxes, column planters, and furniture, and other structures to put plants front and center as décor. These types of vertical gardens look gorgeous in nearly any setting, but they can be absolutely amazing in a modern city loft or luxury condo. Imagine how incredible an interior would look with exposed brick elements, original concrete floors, tall windows, and vertical gardens built into high-back chairs. Of course, this is just one way to incorporate vertical gardens into design. No matter your taste in furniture or flooring, you can use vertical gardens to make a statement in your home. Vertical Gardens for Food If you’re one of the many who grow their own food these days, you might want to consider a vertical garden full of fruits and vegetables (and even herbs and spices). It doesn’t matter if you have tons of space or very little, you can put a vertical garden nearly anywhere and reap the culinary benefits of it. One idea that’s quite popular in vertical gardening as a food source is to buy hydroponic planters. These specialized planters have holes that you insert young plants into. You can grow all kinds of yummy things in these: basil, cilantro, arugula, romaine, and even garlic. Vertical Gardens for Healing Sometimes, a garden can be just a garden. It doesn’t have to be a work of art or provide sustenance. It’s just there to bring us joy in some way. People often tend to plant gardens because doing so gives them a sense of peace. How would a vertical garden in your home contribute to a feeling of comfort and well being? Indoors, you could set little boxes filled with bonsai trees on shelves that run down a wall. Outdoors, putting a few tall wooden poles into a container of your choosing – and then draping a few fragrant vines down and around them – could be a lovely option. You can even build a little vertical garden from a recycled dresser, and place it inside or out with healing aloe vera plants tucked into each drawer. There’s an abundance of ways to use vertical gardens as a source of vitality in your life. All that’s needed for health, healing, and happiness through vertical gardening is a little time for planning – and a tad of effort that will bring returns that are multiplied.
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