Vertical gardening eliminates a lot of gardening chores which makes this method ideal for people who enjoy fresh, organically grown delicious foods but simply do not have all the time to spend tending a traditional garden.
Most people today are busy people, but that doesn’t make them less careful about the food they eat. It is no secret that today’s food production involves lots of chemicals and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that significantly lessens the nutritional value of produce. So it is no surprise that more and more consumers are looking into growing their own food.
The problem is, gardening does require a lot of effort. Vegetables and fruits are living things after all that grow and require maintenance. In order to make a garden grow right and healthy, one must:
- Control pests
- Tilling, turning soil
- Clear the garden of litter and plant debris
- Rake up or sweep stray leaves from walkways, paths
- Clear moss from stone or brick walkways
- Maintain watering systems
- Trim or mow any areas of turf
- Start seedlings, transplant
- Winterizing the garden
Do you have time to do all these? If you do, congratulations! You can really get to enjoy the true life of a gardener, a grower, a self-sufficient individual who nourishes life, goes to countless battles against pests and weeds and at the same time benefits greatly from it all.
But if not, a solution for you is vertical gardening which will allow you to still grow plants without all the above effort. Of course some maintenance will still be required but they are down to watering the plants, making sure plants have enough sun, fertilizing, some pest control and harvesting. You will still have to clear off plant debris of course – fallen leaves, twigs, etc. – but since the litter is mainly concentrated in one place, the task is not too tedious.
Though growing food vertically requires fewer chores, there are some drawbacks too. Mainly, water running and leaking every which way that if uncontrolled could be messy and result to damage to walls and fences or to the garden’s support structure. Dry soil and plants is also another disadvantage. If the vertical garden is not built correctly, the weight of the planters could strain the support.
All challenges can be overcome though. Proper irrigation can prevent the drying of soil and plants, diverting excess water to a specific area can minimize water leakage and a well thought out design will ensure your vertical garden won’t come crashing down.
So if you are fed up with coming home from the supermarket with tasteless produce you and your family don’t enjoy, having your own little vertical garden can make a huge difference. Growing your own food can give your kids the chance to know the taste of real, organically grown food, the same food you have enjoyed when you were younger.