If you live in a small, inner-city apartment building or terrace home, then you probably love the convenience and excitement that urban life provides for you. Amongst all of the benefits, there are also a few pitfalls of city dwelling and the lack of space for a productive garden is a big one.
Fortunately, you can still grow a bumper crop of your favourite vegetables and herbs by installing a vertical garden. These innovative planting systems have grown in popularity in recent years and are being installed in small courtyards, decks, patios and balconies across the country.
If you're lamenting the lack of greenery in your urban home, then a vertical garden may be the solution to your woes. Here are four reasons why they make such an excellent addition to a small, city dwelling.
1. They take up minimal space
Vertical gardens can be installed against any solid wall or fence and only extend a short distance into your outdoor area. This makes them perfect when space is a precious commodity and you don't have room for a traditional garden bed or a large number of pots to grow your plants in. Even a small wall space can accommodate a vertical garden that is capable of producing an abundant amount of produce.
2. They can improve your air quality
Another pitfall of city life can be the poor quality of the air around your home. Traffic fumes and pollution can make the air unpleasant and sometimes dangerous to breathe. A vertical garden acts like a natural air filter. Green plants absorb carbon dioxide from their immediate vicinity and pump out clean oxygen. This quality can make your small outdoor area a more pleasant and healthy environment to spend time in.
3. They can help to improve your health
Growing your own vegetables and herbs is a rewarding experience and eating your freshly picked produce can help you to lead a healthier lifestyle. Produce that's consumed immediately after being harvested will retain more of its nutrients than the produce from supermarkets that has been stored, transported and refrigerated for many days or even weeks before you eat it.
4. They can increase your mental well being
Despite its many attractions, city life can sometimes leave you feeling flustered, crowded and in need of some relaxation time. A vertical garden can help you to create a serene, green oasis in a city full of concrete, bricks and steel. As well as the calming effect of the plants, your vertical garden will act as an effective sound barrier which will help to dampen the noise of the city when you need to relax at the end of the day.