Vertical farming at home can be a wonderful hobby that may give you hours of pleasure, not to mention a beautiful environment and even delicious produce. Yes, you can get wonderful herbs that will freshen up your meals, and make your cooking more delicious, but you can also grow vegetables in vertical gardens. Tomatoes, eggplants, carrots, onions and garlic are just a few examples.
If you have even the slightest interest in cooking, the idea of a vertical garden should appeal to you. And if you’re particularly interested in gardening, but live in a small space, well – vertical farming was invented for you.
Vertical farming at home simply means setting up a simple infrastructure that will make it possible for you to farm herbs, vegetables, fruits and other edible plants at your home. Even if you live in a tiny space, like that of an apartment. The traditional way of growing plants is by planting seeds in the ground, and this can be called “horizontal” gardening. Vertical means that you set up a system for you to grow plants on top of each other, as it were. This doesn’t have to be difficult, and many people find that part of the attraction is to re-use different types of containers, like plastic bottles, in order to build their vertical farm.
There are so many ways you can construct and build your vertical garden. One of the simplest ways is to cut up a few wooden boards and stack them on top of each other like a shelf. On top of these shelves, you simply put bowls or containers with plants, herbs, vegetables and fruit.
If you want to be even more practical, combine the shelving and the container in one unit. Use recycled, plastic bottles. You can cut them off horizontally or vertically. Place soil in them, and plant your seeds or plants. Attach these bottles directly onto your wall, or fasten them together with string. There are many possibilities, and the more creative you are, the more value you add to the project.
You could easily set up a self-watering system, too. Think about your plastic bottles, for example. Instead of cutting them up, you could stack them on top of each other. Turn the bottles upside down, make a hole on the front, insert earth, seeds or plants, and make a few holes on that specific part of the bottle that has the earth in it. Then stack several bottles like this on top of each other. When you water the top bottle, the water that is not used by the top plant will go through the earth, through the holes in the bottle, and down to the next plant!
This is a particularly ingenious example of the fascinating world of vertical farming at home.
And when you get the hang of it, you’ll find that even just thinking about vertical farming will make you think more creatively. Take water, for example. If you have an air conditioner, you know that you will get plenty of water from that process. By rigging the air conditioner so that the water is directed onto your top layer of bottles and plants, you get free water for your vertical farm. One easy way to distribute the water is to simply lay out a hose with some holes in it on the top layer of bottles, and the water will drop out of the house, and onto the plants.
This is such a wonderful to both make your job easier and to re-use water that otherwise would’ve gone to waste. If you’re worried about using water from the air conditioner, you can send a sample of that water to a lab in order to see that it is not toxic. This is not expensive, and in most cases the water is fine.
Advantages of vertical farming at home and disadvantages
But no matter which techniques you choose, the main thing is to know that even though you have a little space, it doesn’t mean that you can’t construct a nice garden for some herbs and vegetables, so that you may do vertical farming at home. There are many advantages of vertical farming at home:
- Organic vegetables and herbs
- You know how the plants were cultivated (no hidden toxins in produce)
- Great access to produce
- Uses your space intelligently
- Creates a wonderful ambiance
Just make sure that you understand the work you need to put in. Some of the disadvantages are:
- Needs some handy work
- Needs a little bit of investment
- Requires constant supervision, although watering may not be that problematic.
All in all, vertical farming at home is a wonderful hobby if you like gardening, cooking, or if you value organic foods.