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you don’t need a huge patch of land to cul­ti­vate a cou­ple of plants. like the levins, you can make the most of any empty ver­ti­cal space at home. Ver­ti­cal gar­den­ing is ideal for condo dwellers as it al­lows them to spruce up an empty wall while en­joy­ing the ben­e­fits of a mini-gar­den. here are a few tips.

choose plants that are suit­able for grow­ing ver­ti­cally. if you want to cover up a wall, try plac­ing peace lilies or wed­ding vines to add pri­vacy. for easy-grow­ing vines, use devil’s Vine (also called bell-Johns), or creep­ing fig. you may also work with suc­cu­lents! plant them in small groups in a shal­low wooden box and care­fully hang them on the wall.

whether you’re plan­ning to use wire or wood for your ver­ti­cal gar­den, you need to be sure that your frame can sup­port the plants and with­stand heat and rain. plas­tic can be­come brit­tle over time and may also dam­age your gar­den. for an in­stant frame, you can buy the metal tool hanger frames from hard­ware stores and at­tach pots to them.

pick a space where your plants can en­joy an ad­e­quate amount of sun­light. if you have plants that need shade, place them in­side the house and then air them out once ev­ery few weeks. don’t stuff plants into cramped spa­ces—let the plants breathe; and make sure to group your plants with sim­i­lar species that would thrive well to­gether.

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