DIY Vertical Gardening (Part 2)
For most of us, we have a limited amount of space for plainting in our homes. Once we have used up that space and have no more room for planting, what are we to do? Well we would be well served to turn to the wall for plainting inspiration: vertical planting.
One of the important issues with having a vertical garden is ensuring that your plants are getting the necessary amounts of water and nutrients. You want to be able to water your plants in a way that is efficient and spill/mess free. There are a few options you might consider. First, a gravity based watering system: that's where you water the tops plants and rely on gravity to push the water through to the lower plants. The problem with gravity based systems is that they may not evenly distribute water. Additionally, gravity based systems may be prone to creating a mess because once the water is poured there is nothing to hold it back.
A better alternative to gravity based watering systems is the automatic sub-irrigation system. These systems water plants from the roots, instead of from the top. Additionally, these systems can be set to automatically water your plants at designated times. Many vertical gardening kits offer the added advantage of including an automatic sub-irrigation system. For instance, the VertiGarden kit has a built in irrigation system. Over the long run, you will really appreciate the convenience associated with the automatic irrigation system.