Vertical Vegies

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Great reasons to create a vertical garden

Aside from their obvious good looks, vertical gardens are a fantastic way to make the most of bare walls, soften the look of hard surfaces, help to filter the air of harmful toxins and attract butterflies, bees and birds to even the most urban of environments. Best of all, if you are short on space, vertical gardens are a great solution!

Getting started – choosing a frame
If DIY isn’t your thing, you can buy ready-made vertical garden kits, frames and pots from your local hardware store or garden centre.

They come in different sizes and shapes to suit your available space and design style. For the more creative, you can make your own frame using recycled wooden pallets.

Successful vertical gardens depend on effective watering, as they can dry out very quickly. Many pre-made vertical gardens have in-built irrigation systems, otherwise DIY garden walls will need to be regularly hand watered or irrigation included in your design.

What to plant

Edible wall:
Make your vertical garden edible by planting herbs and vegetables! Not only will your vertical garden fill your salad bowls and season your soups, it will smell divine! Try the following at your place -

Care tips:

Other vertical gardens to try:

Tropical wall: For a lush, tropical vibe I recommend planting swiss cheese plant, sword fern and devil’s ivy. These plants will give a holiday vibe to any balcony or patio!

Succulent wall: For a lower maintenance vertical garden, choose drought resistant succulents such as golden and blue feather sedums and sempervivum (‘hens and chicks’).

Flower wall: For a colourful wall, choose petunias, begonias, orchids and mix in with some soft green baby’s tears.

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Wintery goodness

Spinach is laden with fantastic antioxidants and is high in health benefitting carotenoids (though you can’t see them as they’re masked by spinach’s high chlorophyll content). Spinach is also a good source of vitamins, fibre and protein, so Popeye was one smart cartoon character to love this leafy green so much!

Growing Tips:

No vegie patch? Not a problem! Yates Spinach Winter Queen can also be grown in pots. Choose a sunny spot on a patio or balcony and it’s helpful to rotate the pots 180 degrees every week so that as many of the spinach plants are exposed to as much sunlight as possible.

Here are some spinach recipe ideas to inspire you to grow this super healthy vegie:

recipes sourced from www.taste.com.au

Pest watch: keep an eye out for caterpillars on your leafy greens. Caterpillars are voracious chewing pests that can devour entire plants if left to their own devices. Keep caterpillars under control with some regular sprays of ready to use Yates Nature’s Way® Citrus & Ornamental Spray, ensuring you spray on both sides of the foliage as that’s where caterpillars often hide.
To achieve a bumper harvest of spinach it’s important to keep the soil moist and feed each week with Yates Thrive® Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food, which provides a fast acting boost of nutrients to promote lots of delicious green healthy growth. And harvest leaves regularly. The more often you pick, the more fresh new leaves will grow. Enjoy!

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