Don’t have much space for your garden?  Ever think about growing plants vertically?

 

 

If you have limited landscape, live in a condo or apartment with only a balcony or a sunny window, Vertical gardening may be the answer you are looking for.  This is the perfect solution for growing any vine type of crop like some varieties of peas, beans, cucumbers, large tomato plants, pumpkins, or watermelons.  Just add a small trellis to your garden container and you can add a climbing vine crop to you container gardens.  I have discovered that many of the vine growing plant varieties tend to be more prolific while some are less.

Advantages of Vertical Gardening

  1. The biggest advantage to Vertical gardening is being able to grow plants that normally take lots of room to sprawl out.
  2. The second advantage is a garden that grows up is much easier on the back and knees to take care of.
  3. A vertical garden is easier to take care of and easier to harvest.
  4. Since the produce is up off the ground, it is cleaner and safe from issues you would normally run into when the vegetables lay on the bare ground.
  5. Larger melons can be grown using this method if you provide sling like support as the fruit and vegetable get large.
  6. Grow peas, beans and cucumbers in mini container garden pots easily by providing supports for the plants to grow up.
  7. Very little training necessary.  Just put the support close to the plant and most plants will know what to do.  Some may need coaxing and some may need to be tied to the supports.
  8. Larger yield per square foot.
  9. Garden uses less space.
  10. Looking for Privacy?  Grow a Vertical Garden wall.

Types of Supports Needed

  • Trellises
  • Nets
  • Strings
  • Cages
  • Poles
  • Tepee poles
  • Wire Fencing

As shown in the video above, Patti Moreno is using a 4′ X 4′ chain link dog kennel.  This is a good idea if you have one laying about or can get your hands on a used one at a good price.

Since the vertically grown plants cast shadows, so be sure to keep your sun loving plants away from the vertically grown crops.

Vertical crops tend to dry out more quickly, so you will want to keep a watchful eye and make sure your plants get plenty to drink.

For years I grew plants along fences and encouraged plants to climb.  It was so much easier on my back and knees.  I just discovered that this gardening method was called Vertical Gardening.

 

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