Do you love the idea of growing your own vegetables, but aren’t sure how to get started on your own garden?
Vertical farming at home is a growing trend that’s great for anyone who loves the idea of eating pesticide-free vegetables, eating vegetables year-round (yes, even in the dead of winter), and keeping critters away from their produce. But, many people shy away from vertical farming because they think it’s only for those with a highly-developed green thumb.
But the truth is, with a little patience and know-how, anyone can start their own vertical farm at home.
In this article, we’ll go over what it takes to start a vertical garden in 5 easy steps.
Step 1: Choose a Wall
Many first-timers fret over which wall to choose for vertical farming at home. But the truth is, any wall will do.
The best way to choose a wall is to pick the one you find the least attractive. And unless you plan to plant a very large garden, weight load isn’t something you need to worry about.
The wall you choose and the amount of sunlight it gets will determine what types of plants you’re able to grow. If, however, you already have your heart set on certain plants, you will have to pick a wall that can meet that plant’s growing requirements.
Step 2: Build the Structure
Once you’ve chosen a good spot for your farm, it’s time to focus on the structure.
The structure will consist of:
- The frame
- Plastic sheeting
It’s best to make the frame using PVC pipes, as wood can rot easily and metal is quite heavy. The frame should be covered with a layer of plastic sheeting followed by two layers of fabric.
Step 3: Set up the Irrigation System and Fertilizer Injector
In order for plants to grow properly on a vertical surface, you’ll need to set up an irrigation system.
One can be easily made with poly tube fittings that lock and allow the water to drip down. These tubes come with emitters that allow water to drip down from them in set intervals. You’ll also need an irrigation timer that can be set to allow water to drip for 10-15 seconds a few times per day.
You will also want to purchase/make and attach a fertilizer injector to keep the plants healthy. These can be attached to the irrigation system.
Step 4: Choose Vegetables
When choosing the vegetables for your farm, you’ll need to take into account more than just what you want to throw in your salad for dinner.
You’ll also need to consider the shade, sun, cold, wind, humidity, and time. Mushrooms, peas, and tomatoes are not only vegetables that grow quickly. They’re also excellent vegetables you can grow indoors and cook straight in your kitchen.
Step 5: Insert the Plants
You can insert your vegetable plants into the design by making a horizontal cut in the outer layer of the fabric.
You’ll want to cut as much soil as possible off the root of the plant before inserting it into the wall. Then, use a staple gun to attach the fabric to the plastic backing and keep the plant in place.
Vertical Farming at Home: Wrap Up
As you can see, vertical farming at home is possible for anyone, green thumb or not.
If you’re interested in learning more about vertical and indoor farming, learn more about their benefits. And, be sure to drop us a comment if you have any questions about how the process works.