A Guide to Vertical Garden Systems: Types and Benefits

Vertical Garden Systems

A sample of a vertical wall garden that’s well maintained and ideal for office use.

Vertical gardening is nothing more than using vertical space to grow vegetables (or herbs, or flowers, even root crops), at times using containers that hang on a sunny wall. Traditional gardeners have done similar things with climbing plants like squashes and beans for centuries by building trellises. Indoor vertical gardening systems takes it one step further by giving non-climbing plants a space on the wall.

Vertical garden systems take up less space, are easier to harvest, and easier to maintain. Nevertheless, they do have their limitations:

  • You require a sunny wall space.
  • If they are built too high, they can be hard to maintain. Don’t make them taller than you can reach them.
  • The vertical garden system must be strong enough to handle the weight of everything.
  • The supporting wall must be able to endure a lot of moisture. You can use polyethylene cloth to create a vapor barrier along the back of your garden if this can be a concern.

That being said, the vertical planter system is one of the most forgiving and flexible gardening systems. If you can already get a harvest from container gardens, a vertical garden system should be no problem. Here are various ways you can try doing vertical gardening in your own home for the upcoming season.

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Hanging Pots

Hanging Pots Vertical Gardening System

A variety of potted plants that are ideal as hanging vertical garden systems

At its simplest, a vertical garden spot is just a container filled with soil with drainage holes and a spot on the wall in the sun.

A section of fencing or a pallet, as shown here, could offer a spot for a clamp that can screw into the pot and the pallet to give it support. It’s essential when building your garden that your support system can handle wind

Gutter System

Here’s an exciting idea that repurposes old gutter sections for garden space. It’s like a window box only more so. Ensure there is enough space between the gutter sections for sunlight to reach between them. Also, ensure that there are drainage holes in the bottom of the parts so the plants don’t get waterlogged and lower levels can get adequate water.

Pallet Planter

Pallet Planter Vertical Gardening System

A wooden design for showcasing a type of vertical gardening system for your backyard.

Here is an alternative pallet system using the backside of the pallet. Notice the other boards nailed under the crossbeams to hold up the soil, turning this pallet into a bunch of row boxes.

Placement of this kind of design would be essential due to the shade that is created, but it’s perfect for these succulents.

Stair Garden

This is an old staircase transformed into a beautiful indoor vertical gardening system. The stair steps provide the right way for excess water from siphoning off down the unit.