Growing vertically isn’t anything new, it’s been around since ancient times. Whether you live in the city, suburbs or in the country, vertical growing can work for you!
What a totally genius idea with this ‘over-door shoe holder’! For those without a lot of ground space, this is a great way to create some great results in your growing efforts!
This planter was quite possibly the first “Topsy-turvy”! Using a 5-gallon bucket that hangs from a rafter allows you to grow something in the top as well! Just remove the lid and plant! I like the fact that it could be kept on your porch or back patio, easy picking for meal-time!
In my garden, I am busy with a lot of different forms of vertically growing. Front and center is the basic tri-pod of stakes for my cucumbers to grow up. You don’t have to spend much money to create trellising for your plants. Last year, we picked up sticks from the woods and tied them together. It was primitive, but nostalgically beautiful.
My green bean trellis is starting to look like something painted by Picaso (a mess of a picture that doesn’t make much sense!) but it’s working. I started out with stakes, similar to the cuke set-up, but decided that some leftover 20′ cattle panels could prove to be useful in the garden.
First, my dad and I made an arch with the metal panel….very interesting but not useful in terms of growing beans.
Later, my son and I just put it up with the posts. I’m very pleased with it this way. Remember, however, that if you want to keep the fresh vegetables coming, you must “succession plant“. Therefore, I laced a few stakes into the cattle panel for the next set of seeds to grow up. This will help me to recognize which plants are which as well.
My grapes are just short of reaching the trellis we built for them. Rather than have them drag on the ground, I decided to train them, with just a little yarn, to the trellis.
Oh, so close! Grapes have been incredibly slow in their progress. They are fully fertilized and the soil is kept loose around them. The plot drains well too.
Even the simple tomato cage is a form of verticle growing! If not caged, the tomatoes just lay on the ground and the plant doesn’t do as well either.
Do YOU utilize vertical growing? What has worked for you?