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Which Way Does Your Garden Grow?

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Jessica
06.04.12

Do you love to garden, but have no space to plant? Instead of lamenting over your lack of yard, plant vertically! For as little as ten dollars, your horizontal garden can go vertical with eye-catching, unique structures. Your garden can double as wall art, a room divider or even as a coffee table. Plus, it doesn’t take a green thumb to keep vertical and hanging gardens growing. So, enjoy flora with fewer headaches by thinking outside the classic garden box.

More vertical garden benefits:

Easier to Maintain. In a vertical garden, you only need a space as large as the root systems of the plant versus a traditional bed, where you typically have narrow rows of plants with a lot of soil beneath them. This excess soil in traditional gardens drinks up all of your water, grows more weeds and consumes the nutrients needed by your plants. With a vertical garden, you only prepare small strips of fertile soil – just enough for your plants! Plus, there is less bending, digging and weeding involved, so the plant care is simpler.

Fewer Pests and Diseases. Pests and diseases are less destructive with lifted flowering and fruiting vines! The flowers and vegetables remain cleaner, show fewer deformities and are less susceptible to rot by being lifted. Plus, you’ll spot potential insect infestations quicker in a vertical garden setting than a classic horizontal garden.

Health Benefits. Bringing the outdoors in is good for your health because houseplants grab and filter polluted indoor air. While some plants are better than others for absorbing pollutants, all plants have properties that are useful for improving air quality. According to NASA, you’ll get best results if you have 14-16 plants in at least six-inch pots. To learn more about the health benefits of houseplants, read: Eight Health Benefits of Houseplants.

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