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Vertical gardens in your home, here is how you can DIY

Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 9:43am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA

Planning to chuck out those old boring paintings and art objects from your walls but don’t know how to turn them from drab to fab? Try vertical gardening, and give a fresh, cool, and lively perspective to your living spaces this summer...
What is it all about?
It’s a gardening technique where you can grow plants on a vertical surface such as a wall of your house which basically joins the exterior of your house. This concept is fast catching up in the city and more and more people are turning their unused walls into interesting displays. Though this kind of gardening needs a lot of time and care, it’s one of the best ways to make your house look unique and Eco-friendly.
Don’t waste!
There are so many used and unused plastic cans, wine bottles, old boots, which we dump in our store rooms for years. All these containers that we generally throw away can be put to use in so many creative ways. You can use any of these as container to hold soil and then put saplings in them and hang them on your walls. Give an instant facelift...
For people who have space crunch, can really benefit from vertical gardening. Just place these utilities anywhere in or outside of your house, and give your living area an instant face-lift. This can also be done as a part of your building structure by covering them with grass or herbs of your choice which you may want to use in cooking. Says Nupur kemkar, a landscape designer, “This kind of gardening can also be done in old drawers, where you can plant saplings of your choice and keep them open to give an interesting feel.
You may have seen many IT parks and other commercial spaces using this kind of concept, but these days a lot of people are doing up their houses using this concept. “We have many people coming to us who want to grow leafy vegetables, money plants and Cryptanthus, (which generally grow in soil pockets among rocks) in their homes,” says Sanjay Chhajed, co-founder, Sanjay Nursery, which is India’s biggest online nursery shopping store.
Do it yourself
Sharvari Barve, a landscape professor says,”Take a container of any shape and size and fill it up with good quality organic soil and coco peat. The planting should be done through propagation. They can than be tied with simple ropes or wires and can be hung in particular patterns in desired lengths on your walls.”
What to grow?
You can use any shallow-rooted plant such as 
Song of India: They are widely grown as an ornamental plant or houseplant. 
Ribbon grass: They can be grown on any surface as they spread easily and don’t need too much of care. 
Begonia: It’s known for brilliantly colourful flowers and its fancy foliage. 
Purple heart: It’s a striking plant with fuzzy, purple lance-shaped leaves and works as a pretty durable ground cover. 
Spider plant: It’s the most popular and easiest to grow of all trailing houseplants. They purify the air in your house and grow even in extreme climatic conditions.
Asparagus: Another perennial ornamental plant, it thrives on well- drained soil or in raised beds in a sunny environment. 

Where to plant?
 Waste party pack bottles
 Old gumboots
 Cookie tins
 Dietary supplementary containers
 Old drawers 
Quick tips
 If planted indoors, water them in mornings and if outdoors, watering can be done at any time of the day
 Manure the plants every three months
 Use cringe to water them
 Ensure there are no water logs
 Have good drainage for the excess water
 Add coco peat to the soil
 Maintain the height of the plant, do not make it heavy for the container
 Prune the plant at regular intervals
 Spray organic liquid manure directly on the leaves for better growth

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