Plant a Vertical Garden: How to Grow Your Own Living Wall

Vertical Garden

Shawna Coronado, author of “Grow a Living Wall: Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose”, dreams of a world where there are living walls planted in small spaces.

No matter where you live – city, country, or suburbs – it is easy to plant a living wall or vertical garden in a very small space utilizing her techniques. Imagine a revolutionary planting technique where a person can plant more than 30 plants in a floor area that is a bit over a square foot. Gardening with this technique is amazingly simple and easy to accomplish for the everyday person simply by planting a living wall garden. By planting living wall gardens on fences, gates, walls, balconies, and doors, gardeners can save enormous areas of space while producing large quantities of flowers, perennials, herbs, and vegetables.

Most living walls are far less work than traditional in-the-ground gardening. There is no weeding involved. Gardeners everywhere jump up and cheer – no weeding is a reason to celebrate! In the same floor space that you might use for a window box garden, you can place enough flowers or vegetables to have up to six to eight times more plant production. Utilizing a living wall can grow a lot more plants in a much smaller floor space. Vertical gardens can save you a lot of time. Many of the new living wall products have self-watering systems to automate your watering. If they do not come with a watering system, it is easy to install one for your particular living wall situation. Living walls are easy to plant, maintain, and grow.

Growing Wall Gardens

Growing an organic living wall garden is weed-free, super easy to accomplish, and can provide masses of organic flowers, food, and herbs for apartment dwellers and homeowners anywhere in the world. Living wall gardening has the fantastic benefit of being low maintenance and easy to access for harvesting. Living wall gardens allow a gardener to plant edibles in a small floor space area by growing vertically. While well suited for urban gardeners with limited space, this technique is also amazingly accessible for small patio owners or home dwellers with tall fences surrounding their properties.

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Therapeutic Hanging Garden

Build an organic living wall garden on fences, walls, and gates. Gates, in particular, offer a unique growing area. Growing herbs, vegetables, and pollinator attracters are great living wall ideas for sunny areas, but it is also possible to grow vegetative plants of all types in the part-shade which is definitely a common condition for side gated areas on many homes. Finding the right living wall system and plants to fit your unique planting requirements will help you succeed at growing – you can make your own living wall or purchase a unit that will work for your garden.

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Money Saving Wall Garden

Living wall gardens have many similar needs as traditional container gardens, with one exception –adding a heavier organic soil mix means that the roots will retain more water even though the units might reside up higher and get more wind. It is important to choose the right plants for the growing conditions you are interested in planting the garden. Living wall units can fit between 30 and 50 plants in a ground area of less than 2 square feet. This means that a living wall garden can grow more plants than many traditionally gardened ground spaces.

Vertical Wall Garden

Leafy Vegetable Wall Garden

Leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard, lettuces, kale, arugula, beets, and vines do remarkably well on organic living walls even if planted in shade to part shade. Herbs work great as well; my favorites include basil and mint because they grow quickly in a season. A living wall garden can contribute heavily to a family’s culinary needs and have the added benefit of being chemical-free and weed-free. In this particular garden design you see a mixed annual and vegetable combination: asparagus fern, purple basil, ‘Bull’s Blood’ beets, cabaret deep blue calibrachoa, cabaret deep yellow calibrachoa, lime light licorice plant, sweet potato vine, Swiss chard, and empress violet charme verbena.