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First and foremost, I searched for systems that would be relatively easy to assemble. I know how eager you probably are to start growing, so easy assembly and setup of your system is vital.
Another important aspect of a good vertical gardening system is its durability. There would be nothing worse than spending all of that time setting up your veggie growing system and tending it lovingly, only to have it fall apart.
The next feature that I wanted to focus on was how easy it would be to keep your vertical garden watered. If you lead a busy life, you don’t want to come home at the end of the day and have to spend another half an hour or so hand watering your garden.
And, if you spend days away from home, finding someone to come and do the watering for you may not always be easy. To that end, I looked for vertical garden systems that incorporated some form of self-irrigation.
I also wanted to find vertical garden systems that were versatile and perhaps, could be added onto in the future. If you’re anything like me, you always want to try growing new types of veggies to add variety to your diet. But, if your existing vertical garden system is already full, what do you do?
So, a system that could be expanded in the future was high on my list of desirable features.
Lastly, I thought it was important that the vertical garden system was relatively low-maintenance. This means that you could spend your time tending and harvesting your veggies rather than making sure that the system itself was functioning as it should.
I’m pleased to tell you that the following five products had all or most of the features that I was looking for in a good vertical garden system.
I also like the fact that this system is expandable so that you can add more panels when you want to. However, this starter system does come with 32 individual pots which should get you growing quite a few different veggies, herbs, and flowers.
This unit has its own self-watering system with a dripper for each pot. These drippers are also adjustable which is a fantastic feature because some plants will need less water than others. For example, your lettuce will be thirstier than your rosemary. This means that you can slow down the drip on the pot growing the rosemary plant or even turn it off completely for a couple of days.
The best part is that all you have to do is connect your garden hose to the fitting and turn on the tap. Then, set each dripper according to the water needs of each plant. In my opinion, nothing could be simpler.
Assembly of this system is fairly straightforward, however, you do have to have a drill handy so that you can mount the brackets that hold each panel in place. Another benefit that I can see with this system is that you don’t actually have to connect the 4 panels together into a large square if your space doesn’t allow because they can be used individually or even mounted in a horizontal or vertical line.
What I particularly like about this system is that the pots all have a water reservoir in the bottom with a rack and liner to keep the plant roots out of the water so they don’t become waterlogged. Each reservoir also has an overflow so that excess water flows directly into the pot below.
The only downside I can see is that you have to manually add water to the funnel at the top of each row of pots. However, thanks to the water reservoirs in each pot, you should only have to do this once a week during hot, dry weather.
Assembly of this vertical garden system is also relatively easy except that you’ll have to mount the brackets using a drill.
All you have to do is screw in one of the three pocket sections and then the other sections are clipped on below this. This system has 36 pots or pockets and is also very versatile because you can position it in any way that suits you the best. Of course, each three-pocket system can easily be screwed onto a wall or other structure separately.
It also comes with its own drip irrigation system that just connects to your hose. Each pot section has a water reservoir with a drainage hole and an inner tray to keep the roots out of the water. You just hang the watering system above the top row of pots and the water will trickle down to water the lower pots as well.
This mobile system holds a total of 9 individual pots as well as two larger planters. It is on castors so you can easily wheel it around to follow the sun. The pots just clip onto the sturdy metal frame.
The system also comes with its own drip irrigation system that you just attach to your garden hose. This would have to be one of the simplest systems to set up because all you have to do is assemble the frame, clip the pots on and attach the drip irrigation.
The only feature that this vertical garden system doesn’t have is that it can’t be expanded because the steel frame cannot be added onto. However, for ease of mobility, this unit is the perfect size.
They are also one of the best ways to grow many strawberries in a small space. This planter has a small footprint but has the ability to grow an enormous amount of different plants because each of the individual sections has six planting pockets when stacked.
You can even purchase a movable trolley base so that you can then move your stackable vertical garden around your balcony or patio.
Watering is also easy with the water reservoir that sits on top of the 5 tiers. Once you fill the reservoir, the water moves down the center of the planter and is dispersed into each stackable section evenly.
This system is also the easiest to set up because there’s no assembly required except for stacking the pots on top of each other.