Growing plants vertically is one of the most useful things you can do for your garden. Not only is convenient in terms of saving space, but it also keeps plants ground and makes them less susceptible to both diseases and insects. Additionally, growing plants this way makes harvesting much simpler.
Needless to say, there are a few things to consider prior starting your vertical garden. For instance, if you are to set up supportive structures, you will need more materials and time. Note that plants with heavy fruit require extra tending and support. Here is a short list of edibles you can grow vertically along with a few useful tips on how to make it happen.
Contrary to popular belief, tomato cages are not the best way to support your tomato plants. In case you grow plenty of them, providing a cage for each plant can be quite difficult. Cages make pruning and harvesting more difficult as well. In addition to this, most tomatoes varieties tend to get taller than the cages which are supposed to support them. Instead of using cages as supportive material for your tomatoes, set up posts like wooden stakes or rebar with duty twine around them, starting a foot above the ground. As they grow and get heavier, continue to circle the posts with twine.
Another option is to grow them up a string. Wrap each tomato plant around a string, pruning it as it grows so there is only one leading stem. Stringing requires more work and time, but it does offer a crop of tomatoes that is easier to grow and harvest.
When let to sprawl along the ground, cucumber plants take a lot of space. Get Busy Gardening has come up with a very convenient cucumber arch using sturdy garden fencing and garden stakes. This trick also leaves space behind the arch to plant lettuce, spinach, and other season crops.
Pole Beans and Peas
To create trellises to support pole beans and peas, secure bamboo stakes secure with twine in a teepee-like structure. Plant along the trellises in successive plantings, so that your harvest can be spread out over a greater part of the season.
Squash and Melons
Vining plants like summer squash can be also grown vertically. Create a sturdy trellis and tie the plant to them as the plant grows. Plants with heavier fruits like watermelons, pumpkins, and winter squash can be grown vertically too, but they require additional support.
Using a pellet is ideal for those who are fans of herb garden but lack the space. The good news is that a clean pallet, landscape fabric, and some strong staples are all you need to create a herb garden using tiny space. You can place it on the porch or deck, as long as there is proper sunlight. Make sure you use adequate sized plants, such as parsley, rosemary, calendula, chives, and thyme.
Window Boxes and Gutter Gardens
Window boxes attached or the side of a house, the deck, or a fence work as great micro gardens for lettuce, spinach, and similar greens.
PVC pipe can work like gutters and window boxes attached to a deck or the side of a house. But, you can also place them vertically, which works particularly great for growing strawberries. As an added bonus, PVC pipe is cheap and lightweight.