Definitive Guide of the Vertical Garden (Spanish Edition)
Learn everything you need to know about how to build vertical gardens with the «Definitive Guide of the Vertical Garden», by Ignacio Solano. For the English edition read the description below.
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The Definitive Guide of the Vertical Garden is not just a theoretical manual. It also describes and analyzes all technical aspects to consider for building a successful vertical garden. This book covers topics such as the different types of substrate, lighting, pest control or water chemistry, and the impact of these factors on the outcome of projects.
It also includes a species manual of proven success in creating green walls both indoor and outdoor, which will make the task much easier.
The Definitive Guide of the Vertical Garden provides all the tools and the knowledge to create successful vertical gardens that endure over time.
These are the contents you can find in the book:
- The Evolution of Plants
The explanation of the behavior of plants must start from the beggining. In this chapter will be detailed the evolution of the Kingdom Plantae, from the first species associated with fungi to get some oxygen to the arrival of the angiosperms, or flowering plants.
- Botanical Taxonomy
Knowing the scientific name and how plants are classified according to how they have evolved or by different aspects of their morphology (such as roots and leaves) is a key to identify those that will be most useful in our projects.
- Vertical Gardens in Nature
Vertical gardens are inspired by the natural walls of ecosystems such as tropical forests and undergrowth. The absence of a level ground allowed the plants to adapt to new conditions, growing on rocks or other plants.
- Species Selection Criteria
Not all the species are appropiate to any garden. When we choose those that are part of our vertical composition, we must consider several criteria. Some of the most important are the place of origin, how much will grow the plant, the light, the wind, the weather and the substrate.
- Enviromental Factors
The condition of the plants is influenced by a number of factors related to their environment. It can be distinguished between abiotic factors (water, light, topography, climate and nutrients) and biotic factors (symbiosis, parasitism, epiphytism, pollination, seed dissemination and invasion).
- Basic Principles of Water Chemistry
Water is an essential element for plants, but at the same time is very variable, as the water in each area is different. This chapter describes the properties of water, as well as its most important, both physical and chemical, characteristics.
- How pH affects Plants
The pH is a chemical characteristic of water that is essential for plants. It is one of the main parameters that must be controlled in horticulture. Nutrients allow to vary the pH on a scale that ranges between acidity and alkalinity.
- Plant Nutrition
Plants can get the nutrients they need to live in many ways. Proper nutrition of plants allows the garden to be successful. This chapter explains which nutrients are esencial to plants and how it can be seen if there are lack of some of them.
As water and nutrients, light plays a decisive role in plant growth. If can not be naturally provided, it is necessary to supply the plants artificial light, especially indoors.
- Types of Substrate for a Vertical Garden
This chapter lists the different materials that can be used as a substrate for vertical gardens, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each substrate.
- Mechanical Support
A vertical garden needs a structure to hold plants which allows their growth. In this chapter are analyzed different types of supports used in vertical gardening.
- The Importance of Biodiversity
Species diversity not only contributes to the success of a vertical garden (as they reinforce each other, protecting themselves of pests) but it gives the project a countless environmental value, enhancing the endemic species of the area where it is located.
- Botanical Value of Vertical Gardens
This chapter describes the reasons why vertical gardens are valuable for botanical study and conservation of species.
- Handling and Maintenance
Although vertical gardens require less maintenance than conventional ones, is a good idea to optimize them occasionally with some basic maintenance. Most frequent are pruning, control of the irrigation system and phytosanitary treatments.
- Pest Control
This chapter includes tips to prevent and eradicate pests and diseases, as well as a series of detailed files explaining how to treat the most common pests.
- Species Manual
This is a guide based on experience, in which the species that have been proven to work better in vertical gardens are thoroughly studied.