Growing vegetables vertically will forever change the way you normally think of growing plants in rows and beds. If you’re one of the millions of people who want to experience gardening for the first time, one of the millions of gardeners looking for easier and more rewarding ways to garden, or one of the millions of gardeners who have given up all hope of gardening because of substandard results, consider some of the incredible benefits of vertical gardening:
• Growing plants up instead of out uses less resources and a much smaller footprint
• Little to no soil preparation or digging from Day 1
• Plant more variety in less space
• Less weeding in vertical beds, spaces, and pots
• Many space-saving container and stacking options
• Fewer maintenance chores
• Superior air circulation and less risk of plant diseases and infestations
• Easier tending and harvesting, no more bending over and searching through row upon row of plants for the few vegetables that are ripe
• Larger yields in less space
Vertical gardens can, under the right conditions, be planted at any time of the year and can bear a harvest year round. This unbinds you from seasonal planting and affords you the ability to have your favorite out of season produce at your fingertips.
The biggest mistake gardeners make in planting a garden is starting too large. After digging the soil in a large plot and planting a traditional garden in long, straight rows, summer days get hot and humid, encouraging a daily onslaught of weeds and creating a daily need for plant watering. Even the most devout gardener tends to get busy with other activities, and it becomes a challenge to find enough time to tend to the garden on a daily basis.