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Have you always dreamed about owning a huge backyard surrounded by natures beauty? Well, who hasn’t? And maybe some of you are lucky enough to own such a property. But what about the rest of you who remain at the state of dreaming?
Nowadays the lack of space is just an excuse that shouldn’t stop you from inviting nature in.
The solution? Green, vertical gardens. Suitable for any type of space and location. Easy enough that you can do it yourself.
A vertical garden refers to all kinds of structures or improvisations made for growing plants on the vertical direction. And we are talking about all sorts of plants, including vegetables. So it can be an efficient way of creating your own small garden inside. The ideas and solution regarding the vertical garden subject are endless. And so are the offers: greywater towers, green walls, living walls etc.
This also cam as a solution to increase the productivity of urban agricultural productions which had used all the free space they owned.
The design depends on materials used, space and, of course, your own taste and imagination. And we can not see where the limit of it can be. You can go anywhere from food crops including vegetables, fruit or herbs for your kitchen to ornamental and medical plants.
So, what exactly do you need to know in order to create your very own vertical garden?
The most unusual places can make good spots for positioning a vertical garden. From your house’s roof, a kitchen or dinning room wall or even in your bathroom . You can even choose to install earth beds but you have to keep in mind that this kind of installation requires an expert to design it in order to provide the proper water drainage.
2.Containers and soil
Crops can be grown in almost anything: bags, flowerpots, bottles, boxes, organic sacks, cans etc. As where soil is concerned, you can use compost, vermicomposting, acrylic material and other fertile types of soil.
To ensure a safe growth of plants on vertical surfaces regular water and nutrient supply have to be provided. Irrigation techniques include bottle irrigation or regular watering with watering cans. Plants need all sort of nutrients such as Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium and this aspect should not be ignored. For roof gardens you can also use treated recycled rain water as a cost effective alternative.
The above information is just the basic knowledge one should have before choosing to implement a vertical garden in his own house. Therefore, you must consider the fact that though it may seem relatively easy, a certain amount of attention is required in order to obtain the dreamed green corner.
1.It is easy to create and it doesn’t require huge initial costs;
2.Safe source of bioneural food;
3.Reuse of recycled water;
4.Source of fresh air;
5.Minimal space requirements;
1.Requires an expert in cases of more sophisticated designs in order to provide the right irrigation;
2.Unpleasant odor due to fertilizers;
3.Attention to the maintenance of the living walls;
As an architect, I understand the importance of integrating a piece of architecture in the surrounding environment. As well as the impact nature has upon our daily life and the equilibrium between the “artificial” and the living systems that should be achieved. Therefore, I see vertical gardens as an essential and logical step in this era’s evolution, where, unfortunately, technology and concrete have taken over the planet.