Vertical garden: mini-beds with maxi yields
What a great idea to organize a vegetable garden in a very small space!
You look at the photo on the internet and you are touched by these compact designs. And such greens in them are beautiful, juicy, that would be plucked into a salad. But there is one big “BUT…”
- in open space conditions, the soil dries quickly under the influence of sunlight and wind,
- a limited amount of soil cannot provide the required amount of trace elements, which is usually compensated by a large amount of chemical additives.
However, the very idea of verticality is really ingenious and has long been successfully used in the cultivation of garden crops.
HARVEST VERTICAL BED
This method of obtaining a high yield from a small area is impossible without arranging vertical supports for plants, and if you are serious about creating such a mini-farm, make these supports metal: reliably and for a long time.
In fact, quite a lot (indeterminate varieties, climbing and melon crops):
- Bell pepper,
NUANCE: when growing gourds, those fruits that promise to be large and heavy are placed in nets that are attached to the frame (so that they do not break off prematurely due to the large weight).
All of the above applies only to a certain type of culture. But what about cabbage, strawberries, lettuce and other undersized crops? For them, it is also possible to build beds of a special design, under certain conditions suitable for summer cottages.
These are stepped beds — a kind of tall ones that will help save up to 50% of the area. I recommend doing it together with a frame for geotextiles and drip irrigation. The first will moisten the soil in your absence, the second will protect the plants from the baking sun and accelerated evaporation of moisture.
The design is extremely simple: first, a high bed with sides no more than 15 cm and a width of about 120 cm.
They put another one on it with an indentation of 20 cm from the edges of the bottom, it will be possible to put another one no longer than 25-30 cm above.
I do not recommend doing more «floors».
The direction of the location of such a bed is strictly along the north-south line for maximum illumination during the day.
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