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Vertical Gardening – Hi-Rise Hydroponics

A vertical garden is a practical solution for city-dwellers. A vertical garden is a practical solution for city-dwellers.

If you love gardening but are confined to a small apartment or condo, you may feel as if you don’t have the room to grow an adequate vegetable garden. While limited space can be frustrating for city-dwellers, growing a hi-rise hydroponics garden is far from impossible. With a little creativity and planning, you can use vertical spaces to produce a beautiful and plentiful garden.

Even for individuals who have plenty of room for gardening, growing a vertical garden adds a whole new dimension to your planting area. Vertical gardening gives an attractive alternative for unwanted views, adds interest to boring walls, and produces the same amount of fresh vegetables as a regular garden.

Location is a very important part of vertical gardening. Make sure your plants will get enough sunlight; and if you have seasonal winds, ensure the plants will be well protected. If you have a balcony or patio with limited sun exposure, choose plants accordingly. Leafy vegetables like lettuce and cabbage do well in shaded areas. If you have an abundance of sunshine, you’ll have a much wider range of choices as most vegetables thrive in full sun.

Tomatoes, potatoes, beans, carrots, radishes, peppers, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers – you name it, it will grow. Nearly any vegetable grown in the ground will work well as a container-grown plant in your vertical garden. Shelves work best for vertical gardening, as it gives you plenty of space for numerous types of vegetables. The best type of shelving is the kind with slats – this allows better circulation and excess water will trickle down from top to bottom. Trellises are ideal for growing trailing or vine crops, or you can also use fences, hanging baskets, tiers, or ladders.

Hydroponics is a very effective way to grow fresh, healthy plants. Creating a vertical hydroponic garden takes a bit of skill, but it can be done. You’ll have the ability to produce higher yields than traditional, soil-based gardens while utilizing a limited amount of space. Hydroponic vertical gardening systems grow strawberries, herbs, flowers, tomatoes and other plants using just a few square feet, and are easy to maintain. Using nutrient-rich water in your tube-based hydroponic garden will produce delicious vegetables and support healthy living.

In Japan, they have already built prototypes of vertical gardens being set up in hi-rise buildings, where the entire building is a huge, hydroponics garden. According to some academics, this is truly the wave of the future, where metropolitan areas will be able to grow their own food within the city limits and not have to truck it in from hundreds of miles.

With creativity and careful planning, anyone can create an interesting and practical vertical garden that produces an abundance of fresh vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Hi-rise hydroponics may have seemed impossible in the past, but the reality is that more and more city-dwellers are recognizing the value of home-grown crops and are searching for practical solutions. Even with limited space you can grow a bountiful vertical garden and enjoy all the benefits of home-grown crops.

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