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2017年05月23日
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Learn how to grow cucumbers vertically to get the most productive plant. Growing cucumbers vertically also save lot of space, which is suitable for small gardens.
Cucumber is a refreshing vegetable, especially if picked up fresh. It is eaten in variety of ways: raw in salad, cooked or pickled. It is easy to grow and only requires a warm, sunny exposure and deep and regular watering. What if you want to grow cucumbers but you have a small garden. Definitely, it will take a lot of space. In that case growing cucumbers vertically is an space savvy option. Benefits of Growing Cucumbers Vertically One advantage of Growing Cucumbers Vertically is that by this you can avoid a common problem of fruit rot associated with cucumber cultivation, which happens when fruit sitting in moist soil for long period of time. When you allow cucumber vines to grow up vertically, it improves the air circulation around the plant that prevents fungal diseases. Cucumber plants have sprawling habit and growing cucumbers vertically allow their leaves to absorb more sun, which result in healthy plant and large cucumbers. One more key benefit is that you can harvest the fruits more easily and in time. Why you should grow cucumbers vertically When cucumbers grown horizontally they usually cover 10 – 20 sq ft of space, plant sprawls over the surface around it. However, smaller and bushier varieties take only 1/3 of this space but they produce less fruits. Climbing, vine type varieties are more productive and when you grow them vertically they barely take 1 sq ft of space, climbing up on the support of trellis. How to Grow Cucumbers VerticallyChoosing Container and Trellis
If you’re growing cucumbers vertically in containers, prefer large containers that are about at least 12 inches deep and wide. How many cucumber plants you can grow in such a container depends on the variety you are planting. A vining variety grows tall and send long roots, whereas bushier varieties are short. Trellis Size Choose a 5 to 6 feet tall trellis that is sturdy and doesn’t topple. If growing climbing varieties use “A frame trellis” so that the plant crawl up and down from it easily. Propagation and Planting Cucumbers Sow seeds directly onto the desired spot or in small pots. Cover them with about 2 cm of soil. Once the seedlings germinate and have a few leaves, transplant the healthiest ones into a bigger pot or on the frost free ground in spring or summer when soil temperature is around 70 F (20 C). If you live in tropical or subtropical climate, you can grow cucumber year round. Cucumber plant is a heavy feeder like tomatoes, prepare your soil well before planting by incorporating decomposed manure and compost. Requirements for Growing Cucumbers VerticallyPosition Cucumber loves a warm and sunny exposure that is less windy. It does not tolerate temperature below 50 F (10 C). Optimum temperature to grow cucumbers fall in the range of 60 – 95 F (15 – 35 C). Soil It prefers well drained, loose and deep soil, rich in organic matter and neutral in pH. Watering Regular and deep watering is the key of productive harvest, when growing cucumber. It is due to the high water content of its fruits. While watering, avoid wetting the foliage as it may encourage fungal diseases. Mulching Mulch around the base of plant to improve moisture retaining ability of soil. Fertilizer At the time of planting add all purpose slow release fertilizer in soil. Once the plant starts to flower, side dress the plant with aged manure. Also apply balanced liquid fertilizer at that time according to manufacturer’s instructions. Diseases and Pests Cucumber plants particularly suffer from anthracnose, powdery mildew and in pests look out for aphids. HarvestWhen and how to harvest cucumbers? Cucumbers are ready for harvest in 60 to 90 days after seed sowing, depending on the variety. Pick cucumbers when they are developed enough, do not let the fruit to overripe.
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Indoor gardening can be a challenge if you’re short of space. And, for your help here’re the 15 Brilliant Vertical Indoor Garden Ideas, by applying a few of these you’ll be able to create more space!1. Vertical Pallet Planter
Make a vertical pallet planter to create an adorable indoor garden easily and inexpensively. They’ll provide enough space for growing herbs and succulents without taking a much of floor space. Check out how to make one. 2. Dresser Planter
A bit quirky idea! Use an old dresser to create a stunning indoor garden. Plant some ferns and succulents in its drawers and also place some on top to create a beautiful indoor garden. 3. Indoor Ladder Planter
Previously we wrote a lot about the use of ladder planter in a balcony or rooftop garden. A practical idea! You can apply it to your indoor garden too! An old ladder is perfect to grow multiple house plants in limited space. To make this, simply add several wood planks on ladder steps to create shelves. Then plants your houseplants on it but be sure to place houseplants that have similar light requirements. Here is more on it. 4. DIY Pot Hanger
A unique (or say bizarre) way to display your favorite houseplants. This easy project only requires some scrap wood, rope, and a few basic woodworking tools. The best part is that the system makes watering a breeze. All the runoff from the previous pot drips into the plants below, so you only need to water the plant on top and be sure place a saucer under the bottom most pot. Here is the tutorial. 5. TV Stand Vertical Garden
Got an old TV Stand? Make a vertical indoor garden out of it. This is a great way to recycle your old TV stand and transform it to a living beauty. You can either paint it for a fresh new look or use it as it is for a rustic look. 6. Hanging Plastic Bottle Cactus Garden
Do you want to create a vertical soda bottle garden? Follow this idea. All that is required is bottles cut in half, cactus plants or succulents, and many colorful threads to get a really cool decorative look. Here you can see the complete tutorial. 7. Shoe Organizer Vertical Garden
A hanging shoe organizer is perfect for your vertical INDOOR garden. Its pockets are the ideal size for growing individual plants and herbs. Get the DIY instructions here. 8. Vertical Herb Garden
Want to grow herbs but you don’t have space (short of budget too)? Well, even a wooden plank is enough. All you need is some plastic bottles, hooks, nails and hammer and you’re all set to grow your own herbs. 9. Mason Jar Vertical Garden
Don’t throw away those old mason jars, use them creatively to make an indoor herb wall garden. Metal bands and screws hold the jars in place against a scrap piece of wood that is mounted on the wall. Fill in the soil and plant your favorite herbs to use them all year round. Read about more Mason Jar Uses here! 10. Hanging Coconut Planter
Use coconut shells after eating to create this super cute hanging indoor garden. This project is unique, still simple and doesn’t require much. Check out the tutorial here. 11. Pallet Container Holder
Arrange a pallet board and hang several pots on it. It’s easy! And the best part is it will create plenty of vertical space. 12. Vertical Picture Frame Planter
A cool idea for your room if it receives some sun to make it greener, you can hang a wall planter like this in your room. See the step by step tutorial on our website. 13. Vertical Pot Holder From Pallet Planks
Dismantle a pallet board and separate the pallet planks; nail them on to the wall and fix the pots. Simple! 14. Hanging Terracotta Planters
Vertical gardening is a boon for those who’re short of space. A tutorial is available here. 15. Iron Grid Pot Holder
You can make a grid like this by welding the iron rods or weave them by any other method so that you’ll be able to hang the pots. You can paint that too in your favorite color. *The grid can also be made of wood.
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The correct selection of plants plays an important role in the design and functioning of vertical living wall gardens. In this article, we show a selection of the best plants for vertical gardening.
Best Plants For Vertical Garden Not all plants adapt well to vertical gardening. They must have certain important characteristics for proper development and growth. Ferns They are one of the garden plants that are preferred for their adaptability and humidity resistance. Ferns are easy to grow and they cover the area quickly. You can grow sword fern, blue star fern, bird’s nest fern, they are easiest. Ferns will generally grow downward, so you’ll need to grow other covering plants with them too. Bromeliads
Most bromeliads have shallow roots and they need little space to grow this makes them ideal plants for vertical gardens. Their colorful leaves and long lasting flowers can be a good addition to your vertical garden. Begonias If you are hanging your living wall in a place that receives some sun then growing begonias is a good idea. Hostas This beautiful plant with variegated foliage is used as a groundcover in gardens. For a shady site, this evergreen plant is suitable for a vertical garden. Lipstick Plant Growing lipstick plant is easy. It doesn’t require deep soil to grow so it can thrive in a vertical wall. You can also grow it indoors. Must Read: How to Make a Vertical Wall Planter Succulents Succulents are the most used plants for vertical gardens due to their incredible adaptability and resistance to fluctuation in temperatures and climatic variations. Plants like the string of pearls, echeveria, crassula and sedum can be considered. Air Plants (Epiphyte) Such plants do not need soil to thrive, they grow naturally on other plants, which makes them perfect for growing in vertical wall gardens. Tillandsias, aechmea, vriesea are a few examples. Vines Low maintenance vines such as pothos, ivies, philodendrons, rosary vine and wandering jew can be grown vertical planters easily. They are low maintenance and even thrive in indirect sunlight.
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2017年05月23日
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Want to grow so many strawberries in so little space? Try one of these vertical DIY ideas for growing strawberries! The fresh and juicy strawberries are one of the best fruits you can grow in containers Also Read: How to Grow Strawberries 1. Vertical Strawberry Tube Planter
Ordinary PVC pipes are used for growing tons of strawberry plants in a small space, unbelievable. When you lack an appropriate garden space or yard, a vertical gardening idea like this can be tried. All you need for this DIY idea is a few PVC pipes, a drilling machine, and of course, some gardening essentials. Just keep in mind that vertical units require careful watering, so the last thing you would want is for them to dry out. The tutorial is available here! 2. Vertical Pyramid Planter
Go vertical, if you lack enough room to plant. A strawberry tower planter gives you the additional planting and growing space you need to showcase your love for this much-loved fruit. It’s an unusual and functional DIY garden project you can try. See the step by step DIY article here! 3. Hanging Basket
Growing strawberries in hanging baskets is possible and easy enough. An average-sized basket can fit a few strawberry plants. So, all you have to do is fill it up with the right rich potting soil and water regularly. That’s it! Check out the DIY tutorial on this site. Also Read: The Right Time to Plant Strawberries 4. Strawberry Pallet Planter
A strawberry pallet planter is a clever idea to grow plants like strawberries that spread through runners; it also improves the productivity of this fruit. Pallets are cheap and sturdy; you can use them to create a raised bed like structure. Must see the tutorial post here! 5. Hanging Strawberry Planters
Growing strawberries up in the air in hanging containers is a simple and easy way to grow a lot of plants in a little to no space. Choose some big tin cans as a planter, also some cool color paint. This perfect idea of recycling used TIN CANS can be found here. 6. Strawberry Tower
A strawberry tower with an in-built reservoir is an excellent and unique way to grow juicy and fresh strawberries when you’re short of space. Easy to maintain, it is made of an array of plastic pots stacked up one on top of each other in the form of a tower. Also, the inbuilt reservoir makes watering a lot easier. This fantastic step by step DIY idea is curated from A Piece of Rainbow. 7. Strawberry Gutter Garden
Strawberries are super easy fruits to grow in gutters; it also saves them from diseases like crown rot and fruit rot. Also, this you can grow so many plants. See the step by step DIY idea with pictures here. 8. Stepped Strawberry Ladder
Not only the strawberries but you can also grow vegetables and herbs following this smart idea. You will need some help with the assembly process, though, as this is one of those DIY ideas for growing strawberries that need considerable effort. Once the structure is complete, fill up the planter boxes with the correct potting soil, seedlings and then watch them grow. The step by step article is available here. Also Read: Vertical Garden Ideas for Small Gardens 9. A Strawberry Jar
A strawberry jar is a fun way to plant strawberries. After all, what is more, appealing than a nicely painted jar brimming with lush, green suckers and deep red berries. The one thing that makes these jars unique is that they have holes on their sides in addition to the top. This facilitates easy watering and proper care. To increase variety, plant another ornamental or edible plant, such as thyme or cilantro along with the strawberries, if you like. Click here to learn more this DIY idea.
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If you live in a city and have a small space (a balcony, rooftop, patio etc.) to grow plants, embrace vertical gardening. And with these 16 Vertical Gardening Ideas you can do this easily.Vertical Gardening Ideas for Small Urban Gardens1. 1. Vertical Lettuce Planter
If you love to grow lettuce, herbs or other green leafy vegetables, this project is for you. With minimal space and efforts, make this vertical planter. This simple project can be completed before lunchtime. Check out the tutorial on Bonnie Plants. 2. Vertical Pallet Planter
You can have different types of plants (herbs, salad greens or ornamentals) growing in a limited space you have, this way. Here are a few more ideas using pallets in the garden. 3. DIY Trellis Planter Holder
She had two trellises and she found an idea! Attaching them to the windows can make the dull wall interesting and she could save her plants (herbs) from her daughter who loved to pick and throw the leaves. Here’s what she had done! You can do something similar in your balcony garden too. 4. Pallet Container Holder
Arrange a pallet board and hang several pots on it and place on your balcony, where it will receive some sun. It’s easy! And the best part is it will create plenty of vertical space. 5. DIY Stacked Planter.
This DIY stacked planter can spruce up any boring place of your garden. It is quick and easy to make and only requires 5 terracotta pots of different sizes, a few of your favorite plants, a center rod, and potting soil. Here is the tutorial. 6. Vertical Picture Frame Planter
A cool idea for your balcony garden to make it greener, you can also hang a wall planter like this in your room. See the step by step tutorial on our website. 7. Vertical Pot Holder From Pallet Planks
Dismantle a pallet board and separate the pallet planks; nail them on to the wall and fix the pots. Simple! 8. DIY Herb Planter
You can learn how to do this on Ginger Snap Crafts. They have used cedar boards and a few other items to build this. 9. Hanging Garden For Apartments
If you live in an apartment then every inch of space is precious for you and having a vertical hanging garden like this can greatly add more planting space to your urban container garden. To see the tutorial, visit this site. 10. Hanging Gutter Garden
If you have a small patio, balcony or roof garden, make a hanging gutter garden like this one, to grow a lot of plants. See more vertical garden ideas for Balcony. 11. Arrange shelves to keep pots
If possible arrange old shelves or something so that you can keep your pots there, this will also create a lot of space in your tiny garden. 12. Hanging Terracotta Planters
No problem if you don’t have a big outdoor area you can still create a lot of space with the help of vertical gardening. A tutorial is available here. 13. Cool Vertical Garden
Buy a cool vertical garden like this or if you have great DIY skills, make one for yourself. You can also arrange small but useful gardening tools and watering can in it. 14. Staircase Plant Stand
Perfect for city people who have balconies, roofs or terraces as an only outdoor space. You can keep containers on there and grow flowers or herbs. 15. Iron Grid Pot Holder
You can make a grid like this by welding the iron rods or weave them by any other method so that you’ll be able to hang the pots. You can paint that too in your favorite color. *The grid can also be made of wood. 16. Mason Jar Herb Garden
Have some mason jars and wooden boards? Make a herb garden like this. One of its kind tutorials is available here.
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Learn how to make a vertical succulent wall planter in a few steps without spending money. You don’t need to be a great DIYer to have this DIY succulent frame in your home.
Succulents are easiest plants to grow on earth. They are not demanding and most of them grow in severe conditions, plus they come in different colors, sizes, and shapes. All this makes them perfect for vertical gardening. Things you’ll need to make DIY succulent wall planter
SucculentA tape to measureChicken wireA hammerNailsA pencil or MarkerGlueSpecial potting mix for cacti and succulentsMore succulents4 equal size thick sticks or frame moulding to make frameMoss (Optional)A piece of board (plywood or something else) to adhere behind the frame.Staple gun or whatever you find easily to attach the chicken wire to the frame.Pincer or wire cutter to cut wiresSteps to Follow Step 1
Make a frame by joining the pieces of wood. (See the photo above) Step 2
Measure and cut the plyboard or picture frame board to cover the frame from behind according to the dimensions of the frame. Once you join it to the frame with nails and glue, stick a plastic bag or film over it. To make your vertical succulent wall waterproof. Step 3
Evenly spread the soil in your frame. Stop filling just before the soil reaches the edge of the frame. Step 4 Before fixing the chicken wire on your succulent wall planter, distribute moss over the soil (optional) and put succulents to see and adjust them according to colors, shapes and sizes. This is fun! Once you have found the ideal location for your small plants, remove them again. Step 5 Attach the chicken wire using a staple gun on the edges of the frame. You can skip this step if you want but chicken wire is used to support the succulents and soil. Step 6 Now plant the succulents. Skip this step if you are planting them from cuttings but if you are planting potted succulents you may need to cut chicken wire mesh to create a few small planting holes to transplant succulents with the help of a pincer or wire cutter. Step 7 Poke holes in the soil and then gently tuck the plants in and close the hole and mist the soil to moisten it. Wait a few days before hanging your DIY succulent wall planter or putting it vertically until the plants recover and establish well. How to Care for Succulent Wall PlanterPosition
Keep the succulent wall planter on a table, near a windowsill, in your living room, somewhere where it will receive some sun or indirect sunlight. You can also hang it on the wall but for this, you’ll need to attach a picture hanger to your frame. Watering Spray water on your vertical succulent wall to keep the soil slightly moist in the next few days. Once established water only when the substrate is slightly dry. Be attentive to it and observe when the plants need water. Soil Right kind of soil is the key as you’re growing plants vertically in a too small space. Use succulent potting mix for this.
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Learn growing tomatoes in hanging basket if you have a balcony garden, this way they’ll not take much space.
Tomatoes require lot of space to grow and if you have a small garden, growing them in hanging basket is an apt way to use vertical space, plus they adapt easily unlike other vegetables. Juicy, plump, small, big, round and colorful tomatoes are one of the most favorite crops, whether you have a garden or not you can grow them in hanging baskets. Growing Tomatoes in Hanging Baskets Your success in growing tomatoes depends on three factors— yours choosing right variety, basket and providing it appropriate conditions, if you satisfy all of the three, you’ll get rich home grown tomatoes in harvesting season. Choosing Right Tomato Variety You can’t grow regular tomato plants. Varieties of cherry tomatoes do well in hanging baskets— ‘hundreds and thousands’ (UK variety) is highly productive and its mini tomatoes taste great, plant grows bush like and spread well. Other varieties like Tumbling Tom (both red and yellow) provides classic tomato taste and most recommended, whereas deep red Maskotka gives juicy flavor and fruit heavily. Choosing a Basket Take a *deep basket of diameter 12” as these varieties don’t need bigger pots. Line your basket with plastic or coconut fiber liners. However, it’s better to line it with plastic. For this, make some drainage holes in plastic and place it inside the basket, make sure to spread it properly. As hanging baskets dry out quickly, lining them helps to keep the moisture in soil. Check out this self watering hanging basket on amazon. Its unique wick system draws the moisture up into the soil, allowing the plant to feed at its’ own rate. The best thing is, it is of only $14.7.
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2017年03月14日
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These ‘Vertical Balcony Garden Ideas’ will inspire you to generate space and how to make balcony vertical garden. You have a small balcony or a terrace and you want to grow a garden there? Well, if you arrange everything neatly and use every inch of your space then you will be able to do this really. One thing you need to remember is balcony gardening is not about putting some pots and grow plants. It is about how aptly you manage space. Using vertical space is part of it. 1.These two grow bags are strong enough to bear the weight of herbs growing in the containers kept inside them, this is a good idea if you don’t have hanging baskets.
 2.These clay pots are arranged one above each other using threaded steel and fasteners.
3.Use racks to keep pots, this way you can use lot of vertical space of your balcony.
4.Fuchsia growing on a hanging basket is looking beautiful and a wooden planter is tied on railing is a smart way to use outside space.
5. Table garden is used to grow plants, two main benefit of table garden is that if you have a back problem then you don’t need to get down and up. Besides this, it saves space on the floor.
6.Hang lot of planters on the railings of your balcony garden, this is an apt way to generate lot of space.
7.Wooden pallets can be used to do multiple things. You can hang pots on them and grow plants in its narrow space. Read more on DIY pallets ideas. You can also arrange pots one above each other as you see in the picture. Use PVC pipes to grow plants, this is called gutter gardening. Here’s one tutorial on how to grow strawberries in gutters.
8.And here comes a burning one. If you have ammo cans use your creativity to make them vertical planter. Before trying this, make sure to clean up the canes properly.
9.OK! It’s a bit cheeky idea, herbs growing inside the gloves. If you have some odd ideas, try them.
10.Use plant walls if you want to optimize space of your balcony or terrace. You’ll be stunned after you install one, these plant walls are useful innovation for small gardens. 11.This is one cheap solution you should look at. Planters are hanged on this wooden bracket mounted on the wall.
12.Grow herbs and green leafy vegetables on these gutters, this is a modern way to create lot of space.
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