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Vertical garden on the balcony

Vertical garden on the balcony

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Vertical garden on the balcony

Nowadays more and more people are practicing the hobby of gardening or horticulture. For several reasons, however, not everyone has the chance to get a good land on which to practice. Here then comes the idea: I set up a vertical garden on my balcony! Exact. A vertical vegetable garden on your balcony or on your terrace guarantees, in addition to a considerable saving of space, also many possibilities of cultivation and a lot of satisfaction.
Yes, but we must know how to do it!
Here are some practical tips for having great results!


Any vegetable, to develop better, certainly requires adequate hydration and proper nourishment. However these elements in themselves are not enough, especially if you want to set up a vertical vegetable garden on the balcony of your home. The other factor of fundamental importance is in fact represented by the correct exposure to sunlight. There are no vegetables capable of withstanding the complete shadow, even among those less in need of light such as parsley or spinach! All require at least a few hours of good exposure to light. Orientation on balconies and terraces is to be assessed very carefully if you wish to obtain satisfactory results.
For example, south-facing exposures may seem ideal, but this is not the case. They may even prove fatal during the summer, when the sun's rays are so intense that they dramatically increase the risk of your plants becoming dehydrated and burning. So be careful if you live on high floors and very sunny. In this case, work by installing shelters such as canopies or curtains.
The ideal exposures for cultivation on balconies are those facing west, south-west, east or south-east. In the latter case, your plants will enjoy the soft and healthy morning rays, while in the west, south-west exposure they will receive the warm afternoon sun, maintaining in all cases sufficient protection from the midday heat.
Another vital element for the survival of your vegetables on balcony is the shelter from the wind. In fact a particularly violent wind can literally uproot the plants and break the stems or even dehydrate the leaves to the point of drying them with fatal effects. Repair your vertical vegetable garden with climbing plants to grow on the railings or fasten bamboo mats to the balustrade. Also remember that, on the contrary, placing the plants in poorly ventilated and too shady places exposes them dangerously to the action of pests and diseases.
Always keep in mind that good air circulation and adequate exposure to sunlight will make life easier for you and the plants!

Vertical garden

Making the most of space is very important if you want to set up your space for vegetables on balconies or terraces. In this sense, you can save living space by mounting hanging vases or climbing vegetable frames on walls or railings. In this way a healthy exposure to the sun and air is favored, occupying very little horizontal surface. Furthermore, as in the case of courgettes or green beans, rely on the climbing varieties: you will get the advantage that, growing upwards, they will occupy very little space inside the pot, which can therefore also accommodate other vegetables. But be very careful: the frame on which to grow the climbing plants must be separated by at least three centimeters from the wall, otherwise little air will circulate damaging them irreparably.
Another good idea is to fix a sturdy nail to the wall and then hook your hanging vases fitted with chains, or purchase a ladder-shaped shelving structure that allows the containers to rest on the steps without sacrificing the correct display of vegetables . In the latter case, remember to place the larger plants (see peppers or aubergines) on the higher steps, while the less bulky vegetables (salads or green beans) on the lower ones: in this way they will not remove each other's light!


As you can imagine, it is not possible to grow every kind of vegetable on your terrace or on your balcony, especially those that require a lot of space to grow (such as, for example, the chard). However you can choose between the species with a short vegetative cycle, which will offer you the advantage of rotation within the same vessel. Salads, radishes and watercress are among these. Hot chili peppers, sage, rosemary, parsley, basil or many aromatic plants can be placed in small pots hanging on the balcony. And this is also true for those plants that require shallow containers, such as green beans and beans.
You can also plant zucchini and aubergines, tomatoes and, why not, fruit plants! In fact, it is possible to prosper dwarf varieties of pear, plum, peach and apricot. It will be necessary to arrange them in larger and deeper containers but certainly, given the generosity with which they bear fruit, you will obtain immense satisfactions!
In your vertical garden on balcony you can also plant kiwis, strawberries, currants, blueberries and gooseberries.
Not bad, right?


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