Vertical Gardening with Herbs

 Scared of trying to grow fresh herbs instead of reaching for that jar of dried stuff? Even a 4 year old can grow spectacular herbs all year round with a vertical gardening system like this one!

Like vegetables, herbs prefer even moisture and temperature levels, so the creation of a large root mass is key to your success and vertical gardening is the perfect solution for this. Herbs love growing in vertical vegetable gardens that have a quality potting mix in them rather than the felt or foam types of green walls, consequently…herbs respond very well in the Garsy vertical garden systems.  In addition, due to the increased root space available when compared to the traditional planter methods, many gardeners find that herbs perform better for them in the Garsy vertical garden systems than they ever have for them in pots!

Which Herbs?

The varieties of herbs you choose to grow in your vertical vegetable garden will depend on your tastes and aspect. If you love the Asian herbs you’ll go for coriander, lemon grass and mints. Perhaps your cooking has more of an Italian flavour and you are looking to grow garlic, basil and oregano. Keep in mind that some herbs are perennial and last year after year, others are annuals or biennials and will need to be replaced with seeds or seedlings each year or two.  Whichever replanting method you choose, the Garsy vertical garden system is well suited as you are simply gardening in potting mix – just like you are used to. Plus… using smaller plants or seeds is cheaper so you’ll save money while having fun and the satisfaction of growing your own plants from scratch.

Aspect

If your vertical vegetable garden is positioned in hot sun and you have limited water available, plant the tougher Mediterranean type herbs like curry plant, rosemary, sage, oregano and thymes. If your vertical vegetable garden has a little more protection and/or increased water storage, you can plant the slightly more tender herbs like coriander, basil, parsley as well.

Warning

Some herbs are SO vigorous, they can easily swamp out the more tender varieties in your vertical garden. Be warned that planting just about anything in the mint family or lemon balm, is likely to spread and swamp out the other herbs in your vertical garden.

Harvesting

Whether you are gardening in a vertical garden or not, herbs love regular picking to encourage the new, flavoursome, tip growth. The more you pick, the more you get so even if you don’t want to eat the herbs, prune regularly to keep the plants vigorous and the supply plentiful.

Watering

Both single and double sided Greenwalls/vertical garden systems include a simple, automated dripper system which can be attached to a timer for 'holiday care' butyou can use rain water or mains water to hand water(comply to any restrictions) if you prefer, to keep your vertical garden in perfect condition.

Vertical gardening with herbs is deliciously simple and will give you an attractive, aromatic, year round abundance of culinary joy!  Once you’ve tasted the difference, you’ll never return to the musty ‘past use by date’ dried stuff again. For a free guide to help you to avoid the most common mistakes when gardening with herbs and vegetables fill in this form.