With the warmer weather finally upon us, it’s the perfect time to get out into the garden. And one of the most popular gardening trends around is vertical gardens. They don’t just look great, they also provide a range of environmental benefits and can help keep those bills down.
Keeping you cool
By building a vertical garden against a wall that faces the sun you’re creating an extra layer of insulation, which will keep the heat out and lower the temperature inside your home. Studies have shown that the surface of a vertical garden can be up to 10 degrees cooler because it absorbs the heat from the sun as well as slowing down air movement. Because of this, the inside of your home is cooler and can lead to an almost 20% reduction in the cost of cooling and heating your home in summer and winter.
Improving air quality
As well as being a beautiful, space-saving and a sustainable addition to our cities, vertical gardens are natural air filters that help to create a cleaner environment. The plants in the gardens take the carbon dioxide out of the air and replace it with oxygen. In a home or workplace, vertical gardens metabolise harmful toxins like carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, creating a healthier environment for everyone.
Increase the value of your home
There’s no simpler way to improve the ‘wow factor’ of your home than by installing a vertical garden. They look stunning and add extra value to your home, both of which are important if you’re looking to sell. A small investment in a vertical garden can well and truly pay for itself when your home goes on the market.
Reduce your carbon footprint
If your vertical garden is growing fruit, vegetables and herbs you’re helping the environment by minimising your impact on it. Firstly, because you’re reducing the travel miles of your homegrown fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs to next to zero and secondly, you’ll be using your car less to travel to buy groceries because you’re growing them in your own backyard. Vertical gardens also help offset your carbon footprint emissions because the plants absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. They also help to clean the air of pollutants and dust.
Edible vertical gardens
It’s easy to turn your vertical garden into a food bowl which will not only give you great satisfaction but also save you money at the checkout. Before you plant anything, work out if your vertical garden is in full sun or part or full shade. If yours is in full shade, edible plants you can grow include mint, Thai basil and watercress. In part shade, you can grow lettuce, rocket, basil, parsley and chives. And in full sun, the food you can grow includes cherry tomatoes, thyme, sage, rocket and silverbeet.
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