Your vertical gardening shopping list, at first glance, will be very similar to that of a traditional horizontal garden, but there are some very important things to consider.
First, will you start your plants in the ground – such as in a small plot against your house – or will you use containers? By using containers for your vertical garden, you give yourself the ability to grow in unusual places such as apartment balconies.
Also, you’ll need to consider what sort of support you’ll need for the types of vegetables you intend to plant.
Here’s your Vertical Garden shopping list
- Containers (if needed) – These can be as utilitarian as plastic storage bins or as decorative as galvanized steel tubs or traditional large planters. Just make sure you have or make holes in the bottom to allow for drainage of excess water.
- Garden soil
- Compost (to augment garden soil, if needed)
- Support structure materials, which can include …
- Trellis (wooden, bamboo, plastic or fabric, depending on your garden)
- Wire fencing
- Natural twine
- Tomato cages
- Garden ties (to help secure vining plants to the support structure)
- Seeds or seedlings (Where would your vertical garden be without them?)
- Watering can (if your garden is on an apartment balcony or not near a water source)
- Insect killer or repellent
Not sure what type of plants you might like to start with? The Greenwood Nursery has a great tool for determining vertical gardening plants that will do best in your zone, soil conditions, and light requirements.