Vertical Gardening Explained

vertical gardening

Sometimes you just don’t have space in your garden to plant everything that you want. If you are limited to a container garden or a small backyard garden, you’re probably limited when planting vegetables. However, there is another way! Vertical gardening is a great option for those with less space!

There are many species of flowers that also love to climb. Some of these include: the Chilean Bellflower; the Clematis, and there are many varieties of this flowering vine; the Jasmine, of which there are many varieties, and the Climbing Hydrangea to name just a few. With flowering vines, you must take into account the height that they can reach. A flowering vine that can grow to 30′ will not be happy on a 5′ trellis!

Benefits of vertical gardening

Vertical gardening is a way of growing plants up instead of out to conserve space. Even if you have lots of space in the garden, vertical gardening will help to keep plants up off of the ground and will make the garden space look more clean and organized. To know more about how the use of trellises, stakes, and fencing can give your plants space to grow that you would not normally have, click here. Various plants are well suited to this type of gardening.

Many supports for vertical gardening can easily be made or purchased in the garden center. Also, keep an eye out for materials at auctions and yard sales. A chain link fence is a good place for vining plants like peas and beans. If you already have one in your yard, place the garden close to it to make better use of the space. You can easily construct a support for cucumbers by using wooden stakes or poles, and some baling twine. Place the poles about a foot apart, and string the twine back and forth in a zigzag fashion across the stakes. Staking cucumbers allow the fruit to stay off of the ground preventing rot. Ripe cucumbers are also much easier to see in this configuration.

What can a vertical garden include

Even fruits like cantaloupe and small melons can be grown vertically. The plants will vine on a fence or trellis. To support the weight of the melons, make a sling for each with old nylons tied to the fence. The nylons will cradle the fruit until they are ready to harvest.

Tomatoes can grow trailing on the ground but should be placed in a tomato cage for support. Many people already do this without thinking of it being vertical gardening, but it is. Tomatoes will easily get bruised and will rot if they are allowed to grow on the ground.

Any of these methods can easily be used when container gardens are being grown. Stakes, cages and other types of support can be placed inside or outside of the container to allow plants to grow vertically.

Conclusion

If you are struggling with fitting in everything that you want to grow, vertical gardening is for you. In theory, you can grow all of your vegetables in half the space. While some vegetables are not suited to this type of gardening, many are, and this method will make things easy on your plants and you.