If you’re tired of buying chemical laden, tasteless produce from the supermarket or grocery store, growing your own food might be the best way to really enjoy delicious, fresh foods.
How many times did this happen to you:
You bring home some greens from the supermarket produce section, whip them up into a salad and serve it to your family thinking you will all be enjoying a delicious and nutritious meal. But the salad turned out to be bland, dry and tasting like nothing fresh.
Now how nice would it be if you don’t have to make trips to the supermarket and waste gas money and pay for food that are injected with harmful chemicals, that don’t have the nutrients you need, and that you don’t enjoy eating? What if you could simply reach out and pluck the salad greens and tomatoes and garnish you need and these are truly fresh, juicy, crispy, tasty and nutritious?
The answer to this urban dilemma is of course growing your own food. However, as many urban dwellers would like to point out: the lack of space is a huge problem.
But is it really that big a problem, the lack of space?
There are solutions to the problem of available planting space and vertical gardening (growing plants upwards or downwards) is one of them.
Vertical gardening has a number of benefits:
- More environmentally friendly as it requires lesser resources and a much smaller footprint
- No soil preparation, no digging
- Little weeding necessary
- You can plant more variety in less space
- There are lots of options for what containers to use and how to stack them
- Low maintenance
- Less risk of plant diseases and infestations
- Better air circulation for your plants
- Easier tending and harvesting
- Larger yields in smaller amounts of space
- Can be planted any time of the year
- Harvests are enjoyed all year round
You can use anything that can hold soil to create your vertical garden: old soda bottles, baskets, buckets, drums, old gutters, wooden barrels as well as traditional flower pots.
Creativity and foresight is necessary when planning out your vertical garden. If you are going to hang your planters, make sure they can support the weight of full grown plants and their fruits i.e. tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, etc. If you’re growing the plants up, then make sure they have enough support.
A vertical garden that is well-planned can add aesthetics to your deck, patio, walkway, or the side of the house. If you start growing your vertical garden now, you will soon be enjoying your own fresh produce in no time. That means nutritious meals for your family plus savings since you don’t have to buy those chemically produced vegetable from the supermarket anymore.