Yes, these are days when love for gardening is less and available horizontal space is diminished. Wondering where to unleash your passion? Friends, green live walls are the best solution for you! Vertical gardens are an amazing alternative for gardeners low on space. Cover an ugly wall as well as sprinkle the magical greenery in your surroundings while you nurture your passion.
Here’s your guide to starting a vertical garden on a likely unattractive wall.
- Choose the wall for your artwork – If that wall is ugly, it is in need of a makeover. Or otherwise, maybe just one of the walls would look better green! You don’t really need to fear about the weight load (unless you have something massive on your mind!). Also, if you are not inclined to particular plants, you need not to worry about the sunlight received on the chosen wall.
- Frame it up! – It’s better to build a frame instead of direct attachment to the wall as taking it down becomes easier. PVC pipes and joints are best for the frame as they weigh less and are moisture – rot resistant, unlike metal and wood. You may paint it in vibrant hues and add to the charisma!
- Layer the frame – You will definitely need a three layer sandwiched frame. Use plastic sheet and fabric. The plastic prevents water from reaching the wall, preventing dampness. The fabric is great for retaining moisture to support plant growth. The plants will literally live in the fabric and hence, it must be wisely chosen. Better use felt carpet padding. Yet, you may select any moisture retaining fabric which does not rot quickly. At least two layers of fabric must be provided and these can be directly attached to the frame like a stretched canvas. Take care, it’s secure so that it does not come off easily and looks pretty at the same time!
- Effortless irrigation systems are a must! – A system that can provide moisture to the fabric, without much effort from your end steals the show! You may get a tube fixed on the top with water emitters. Irrigation drippers with propagation timer are also an option. Depending on weather conditions, the irrigation time and frequency may differ.
- Fertilize too! – Add a fertilizer system to the irrigation system, which will supply liquid fertilizer to the system. The plants will grow in a soil-less surface and hence needs nourishment regularly. There are also chances of run-offs, so provide a flower-bed at the base to absorb any of it.
- Select the plants – For best results, you must take into account the sun rays that kiss the wall you’ve chosen, humidity and wind conditions. Somehow, native plant species are always better than the innovative! Though you may go all out with Iberis, fern or maybe some blueberries.
- Put the plants in! – Cut horizontal slots with a blade in one layer of the fabric and insert the plant roots with as much soil as possible and secure it around with stainless steel staples, creating an envelope.
- Go designer! – Now that your frame is ready, put it up as you like. You may plant sun-loving flowers in horizontals, ferns below some stick-out species that create shade or drooping plants for the waterfall effect!