recycled plastic bottles with watersing spikes in grow bag

Watering your Vertigro Vertical Allotment

There are several ways you can go about watering your Vertigro Vertical Allotment.

During rainy days, you probably won’t need to water as the curvature of the metal helps water collection. During hotter or dryer weather, however, you will need to water. As the grow bag is essentially a sealed system, you will have less evaporation than from a conventional container or hanging basket, but you need to make sure you don’t over-water as a result.

I would recommend using a micro bore watering system, which can be discretely clipped to the wooden upright and therefore virtually invisible, and this can be fed from a rainwater collection system or an outdoor tap.

micro bore watering system configuration

Alternatively by making some holes in the top of the grow bag (either at the back or where the hanging straps come through the front panel) you can water with a watering can or hose or by using watering spikes with recycled plastic drinks bottles. This enables the water to trickle through rather than pouring everywhere and potentially washing the soil away.

recycled plastic bottles with watersing spikes in grow bag

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Plants and planting your Vertigro

I have been meaning to put up details of the plants I have used in my own Vertigro so you can see what works and what doesn’t.

Primarily the Vertigro is deisgned to be used with plug plants – baby plants already with their proper leaves and a smallish root. You can grow your own from seed in propogators or buy them from nurseries and garden centres and many wensite on the internet. We are in discussions witha couple of plug plant suppliers to produce a specific “Vertigro suitable” selection…more on that later.

In terms of how to plant your Vertigro:

Cut a cross or V shape in the growbag behind the metal face of the sandwich, with your fingers move some soil around so there is room for the roots of your plug plant, and insert the roots carefully so that the plant is effectivley lying down with its roots towards the base of the snadwich. This means when you hang the snadwich up on the frame, it will be upright and not hanging out. This can be seen quite clearly in the video. Try not ot cut a hole or circle in the bag as this will encourage soil to wash out when you water it.

When looking at what to grow there are many things to consider – do you want to use Vertigro as a vertical allotment or a beautiful wall of flowers? Either way there are clues of what will work best; “suitable for hanging baskets” “trailing” “compact”  and “dwarf” are all positive signs you ‘re looking in the right direction.

Currently I have:

Strawberry “Symphony” & “Darselect”

Tumbling Tomatoes  (red and yellow)

Aubergine “Baby Doll”

Petit pois “Waverex”

Dwarf French Bean “Slenderette” (very successful last year)

Courgette – I haven’t grown one this year as I have been taking the Vertigro to shows a lot and it needs to be in the bottom sandwich so it can sprawl and do its best triffid impression, however last year they were surprisingly abundant)

Spinach (perpetual)

Sorrel

Lettuces: assorted red & green “cut & come again” varieties including Lollo Rosso

Rocket (normal & wild)

Herbs:

Fennel – bronze & green

Coriander

Parsley – flat & curly leafed

Tarragon

Sage (although its struggling)

Chives & Garlic Chives

Various  Thymes (creeping & trailing)

Oregano

Marjoram

Basil

I also have a Lavender

I have had no luck with Chard “Bright Lights”  – it bolted instantly

For flowers I have used trailing and compact upright Petunias & mini Petunias; Trailing Geraniums; trailing and upright lobelia; Alyssum; Trailing Verbena; and Nemisia.