The simple answer is to look up! Traditional gardening dictates that a garden must be grown on large expanses of flat land, however this is simply not the case, there is infinitely more space when you literally turn that notion on its head.
Vertical gardening is the only logical step in this ever-expanding urban environment that we live in. While our forefathers and mothers were able to purchase houses and live off the land, this unfortunately does not hold true today. Even if you don’t live in an urban area, you may simply live in a place where the soil and weather simply do not allow for a traditional garden, or you may not have the time it takes to get your existing soil to become a suitable habitat for your plants.
As our croplands shrink more and more, vertical gardening may well become the only choice for someone who wishes to flex their green thumb. Simply speaking, vertical gardening is making the most of your usable gardening space by utilizing climbing plants and vegetables, or by training non-climbing varieties to grow in small pockets of soil that are lifted away from the ground. This type of gardening has many advantages over traditional gardening, and once you discover how easy it is to move away from a traditional horizontally planted garden to a vertical one, you’ll be rewarded with a cornucopia of benefits.
Your new vertical garden involves less work and places less strain on your mind as well as your back. Even avid gardeners with plenty of space for a traditional garden are slowly moving towards vertical gardening.
A traditional garden can lead to tragically disappointing results, as the more growing space you have, the more likely you are to get discouraged by near constant weeding, pest infestations and diseases, not to mention that many find watering such a large area is a never-ending obligation. All of these combined create a daunting task for even the most expert gardener. With vertical gardening, you can GROW UP regardless of how much land you have to work with.
But the supermarket is just around the corner…right?
So why on earth would you want to go to the trouble of planting your own garden? Ask yourself: Why would you walk to the supermarket and pay for a bruised and chemical covered tomato, when you could simply pluck a ripe, delicious one from a vine directly outside your window?
Most grocery stores pride themselves on having “only the freshest ingredients,” and while this is all fine and dandy in times of abundance, grocery stores only keep about two to three days’ worth of items on their shelves.
During an emergency, when everyone is clamoring for the same items at the same time, there is a good chance that you won’t get what you need.
The items that will sell out first are the ones that people know will help them get through a time of crisis. It is during these times when learning to grow your own produce can be a major boom in your survival and overall well-being. You will have enough fresh produce to sustain yourself and, if all goes well, enough to barter for other items or creature comforts (think toiletries, medical supplies, entertainment items, etc.)
Gardening your own fresh and self-sustainable produce should never be out of anyone’s reach… Make sure that it isn’t out of yours.