Taking the VERTICAL route

Technology knows no bounds. This statement keeps on popping up in our minds everytime we come across a new mind-boggling invention, be it in the form of art, science, medicine etc. The last few years have endowed the civilization with a lot of scintillating inventions. Inventions that made people look at things differently. Today, we look at one of yester year’s major prospects that engendered a new aspect of people’s perspective i.e VERTICAL GARDENS or GREEN WALLS.

Patrick Blanc , a French botanist and designer invented the concept of the vertical garden, a unique way of gardening in which instead of digging individual holes in the soil, green walls would be designed around plants that would either climb or hang, meaning fewer plants would actually require a significant amount of cover and that one wouldn’t have to spend time cutting and shaping a plant to achieve the ideal look.

Why Vertical Gardens?

The concept of vertical gardens came into limelight due to the following reasons

●  The cleans outside air of pollutants and dust and offsets the carbon footprint of people and fuel emissions.

●  Cleans interior airspace by removing VOCs and other harmful toxins like benzene and formaldehyde.

●  Acts as a soundproofing barrier.

As cities become more crowded and dependent on apartment living (by 2050, almost 80% of the earth’s population will be living in urban centers!), fewer of us would have access to garden space. One creative solution to this would be the development of innovative urban gardens, including rooftop farms, balcony herb gardens and “junglefied” walls in the inner city.

Vertical gardens don’t just look good; they do good for the planet as well!

Vertical gardens help to reduce the carbon footprint of a building by filtering pollutants and carbon dioxide out of the air, which also benefits those living nearby as the quality of the air is improved. Exterior wall vertical gardens also help reduce heat absorption, which can result in significant energy savings in areas where people rely on air-conditioning during the warmer parts of the year.

Where do these fit?

Vertical gardening is an ideal option for those staying in city areas, where agricultural land is limited. These kinds of gardens can be created and maintained indoors as well as outdoors.

With this new green technology, one can easily add to the existing fences or exterior walls with the touch of greenery by installing an outdoor green wall, giving a person all the benefits of a beautiful space without the need for a large piece of real estate. Additionally, these green walls can be customized with a wide range of plants, letting you choose from enjoying their purely aesthetic value or their ability to produce fruits and vegetables for your pleasure.

Getting your own Green Wall

Looking at the above benefits of having a Green Wall. one must be tempted to have one.

Let’s take a look at the necessary measures to be taken to install a vertical garden.

The first and foremost step is to select a proper location. The location should be such, that it does not shade out other plants. There should be optimum sunlight for the plants in the vertical garden. Hence, considering these factors, a person should orient the vertical supports in a proper direction.

To ensure long-term benefits, opting for a metallic frame or support is recommended. Vertical gardening requires more water than the traditional way of gardening. In order to reduce moisture evaporation and retain water in the soil, it is always advisable to practice mulching. Mulching also helps in supplying additional plant nutrients.

Another basic tip is to train the plants while doing so, one should also make sure that the overall growth of the plants is not affected.

In order to have easy access to all plants, the gardener can make use of a ladder. This will help him in maintaining the plants and pruning (if necessary). When the plants achieve full growth, one can fasten them to the support or structure to prevent falling.

A twine is a good option for tying the plants. Few vegetables that can be grown successfully are tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. For decoration purposes, one can consider planting ivy plants.

INCULCATING the TECHNOLOGY

When we talk about the farmers of our country and the adversities they face in this day and age, a lot of speculation does the rounds regarding the gardening and farming techniques.

With the advent of Green Walls, a lot can be inculcated in our way of doing things. Technology won’t stop producing, at least it doesn’t seem to, but if we want to get more efficient and advanced at doing things like farming, gardening, greening our environment, etc then Green Walls wouldn’t be a bad way to start with.

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