Food & Water

Hanging Gardens

Also known as a vertical garden, a hanging garden is the perfect type of garden to set up if you lack sufficient amounts of space on the ground.

This is because hanging gardens take up significantly less space in contrast to gardens that are spread out across a vast area.  In other words, you won’t have to spend as much time setting up a complex watering system or walking throughout the whole garden to inspect the status of each individual crop or plant.

In fact, you can set up a hanging garden from a balcony so long as it receives enough sunlight.

Furthermore, hanging gardens are some of the cheapest kinds of gardens to run as well.  This is because they require less fertilizer and water (not to mention less of your time maintaining them).  You’ll also have to contend with fewer pests and weeds, which is pretty cool.

Now that we understand the advantages of setting up a hanging garden system, let’s dive into the different types of hanging garden setups, the best kinds of plants to use with a hanging garden, and how to set up a hanging garden wall.

Hanging Garden Set Ups

There are three primary types of hanging garden setups you can use.  These are:

BASKETS

The first method is to hang baskets from your porch, balcony, or anything else.  The basket method can really add to the look of your home and furthermore many species of plants do quite well with them, including tomatoes and peppers.

As we’ll see later, you can also build a wall and then hang your baskets from that.  This is actually one of the most popular types of hanging gardens there is.

SHELVES

This method is where you arrange shelves on the side of a wall.  Specifically, you’ll be using shelves that feature slats so the plants can receive proper airflow.  Furthermore, water can drop from a higher plant down to a lower one to keep them moisturized.

TRELLIS

The last method is to use the trellis method, which is basically where you use a fence or something similar to support plants such as tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, or peas.  You could even use a ladder as a trellis if you want to.

What Are The Best Types of Crops To Grow In A Hanging Garden?

This is probably one of the biggest questions you have on your mind right now, since you’re setting up a hanging garden for survival-related purposes and need to know which plants you can grow on a hanging garden and which ones you can’t.

Generally speaking, you’ll need plants that have more flexible stems or vines.  Those that are less flexible are not well adapted at all to hanging gardens.

With this mind, here is a list of popular crops that you will be able to raise using a hanging garden:

  • Asparagus
  • Basil
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cilantro
  • Cucumbers
  • Kale
  • Melons
  • Onions
  • Peats
  • Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes

Constructing A Wall For Your Hanging Garden

If you currently lack the ability to set up a vertical garden, such as if you lack a place to hang baskets or lack shelving, you can remedy this quickly by constructing a vertical gardening wall.

Just about any vertical surface, you have will work for your wall.  Your biggest concern should not be what the material is for the wall itself, but rather where you will set it up: again, sunlight is critically important when it comes to growing in a garden, and if your wall is set up in a place that receives minimal to no sunlight, your plants are going to die and they are going to die quickly.

With a wall for your hanging garden, you can pursue any one of the three methods that were outlined above: you can attach shelves to your wall (which can be accomplished with a hammer and nails), you can hang baskets from it (you can have them hang from nails, for instance), or you can use the wall as a trellis.

In order to build a wall to use for your hanging garden, you will need to start by constructing the frame.  A PVC frame will work best because metal will rust and wood can rot from moisture.

With long pieces of PVC pipe and elbow pieces, you’ll have the frame for your wall set up in a matter of minutes.  It’s entirely up to you in regards to how large you want your wall to be; if you’re new to this, then a smaller wall will be preferable so it’s faster to set up and easier to maintain.

Now, to fill up the frame of the wall itself, there are a few ways you can go about this.  You can use wood if you want to, but you’ll need to have it protected with a layer of plastic sheeting over the front and back so it won’t corrode.

Another option would be to use a layer of carpet padding, which can actually help to retain water for your plants.  Some people like to use fabric instead, but carpet padding does a far more effective job at retaining the moisture.

Yet another option would be to use chickenwire, which you can spread out and secure across your frame as well.

Whichever you choose, you just need to make sure that the wall is tight, or else the plants will sag and could cause the entire system to fall apart.

At that point, you’re free to attach your shelves or hang your baskets, and the only thing left for you at that point would be to fill your shelves or baskets with soil and fertilizer, plant your seeds, and begin watering and caring for them like you normally would with any other type of garden.

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