Growing your own food can be not only satisfying, but also incredibly healthy. Growing organic food from home does not require a large amount of space to succeed. In fact, there are a number of ways you can utilize even the smallest spaces for growing your own herbs or veggies. One of the best ways to use small space is through vertical gardening.

Vertical gardening is exactly as the name suggests, a garden that is grown upward instead of in the ground. Here are just a few ways to try vertical gardening in your yard or on your balcony:

Hanging Gardens

Hanging gardens are the first way to garden off the ground. You can use old bottles, tin cans, pots, or anything under the sun as long as it has small holes in the bottom for sufficient water flow. If you have a window, balcony, trellis, fence, or other structure – you are good to go.

The more rows and columns you can create the better. Small containers such as tin cans are perfect for growing herbs. By growing in individual pots you can really utilize your space well.

Wall Garden

A wall garden is a garden that is grown with the use of wiring or mesh. Sunset.com provides a great tutorialon how to quickly and efficiently create your own wall garden. You can have your own salad garden growing vertically in no time flat. You will have tasty lettuce and beautiful wall art all in the same package.

Sack Gardens 

Sack gardens are another type of vertical garden that can be set up very quickly and work great. All you will need for a sack garden is a giant burlap bag. You will fill the sack with soil and then cut holes in the sack in various locations all along the sides. Plant vegetables and herbs in these holes just as you would do in soil. Veggies that climb in vine form are perfect for a sack garden. If you need additional support, wiring or mesh can be applied to the exterior of the sack. Each day you will simply water the bag itself and all the plants will receive exactly the moisture they need. This is a very economical way to add vertical gardening to your home or existing garden.

The possibilities with vertical gardening are endless. Your imagination is really all that will limit you. Reusing old bottles, cans, and pots can make for a lesson in recycling and you will also see the benefit of growing your own garden from scratch. Herbs and veggies will be at your fingertips and you don’t have to have 10 acres to accomplish a beautiful and functional garden.

Do you have a vertical garden?