Growing a Vertical Garden: Tips and Creative Ideas
Apartment dwellers and those with limited yard space benefit from growing a vertical garden. Space limitations can be frustrating when you dream of growing tons of produce for your family. Lack of space doesn’t mean a large garden is impossible. You have to get creative. Gardens can grow anywhere, including heading vertically.
Opting to grow your plants vertically comes with benefits. You use less space, which is great for those who lack space in there gardens. The plants start off the ground, reducing diseases and insect infestations. Harvesting is much easier as well. You won’t get a backache from harvesting all those ripe cucumbers!
To create your vertical garden, you have to think about the plants you want to grow. Some plants require more support than others. A vertical garden takes time to create and materials. There are plenty of plants that do well growing in a vertical garden.
Plants for a Vertical Garden
Before you make a choice, consider the available sunlight on your patio or yard. Many plants, such as tomatoes and cucumbers, require a lot of sunlight. These plants need a minimum of six to eight hours. Leafy plants typically can do with less. Consider how much sunlight you have before you pick your plants!
Tomatoes are a common choice for a vertical garden. Your local garden store will sell trellises and cages for them. While determinate tomatoes don’t typically require cages because of their compact size, indeterminate tomatoes have long vines that stray when not contained. Tomatoes are prone to diseases, so make sure to give these plants a support system.
Peas and green beans come in bush and pole varieties. Bush legumes require no support. Pole varieties need a fence or trellis to grow up. Pole varieties also tend to have a larger harvest over an extended time.
If there is one plant people think of when it comes to vertical gardening, cucumbers are it. Cucumber plants produce lightweight, fast-growing fruit. The long vines prefer to cling to a fence or trellis.
You do have to make sure you select a variety that doesn’t produce monster cucumbers. Gardeners also can grow compact pumpkins, melons, and squash, so long as the size is smaller than average.
Lettuce and spinach won’t grow up a trellis, but their compact size makes them a fantastic choice for garden pockets. You can make homemade varieties with materials such as rain gutters.
Brassica Family Veggies
These veggies are prone to pest issues, especially cabbage plants. If you’ve struggled with pest control in previous years, growing brassica family veggies vertically helps to make it easier to spot problems. You will notice eggs or damage before its too late.
What is included in the brassica family? Cabbage can grow in a medium-sized pot so long as you use a nitrogen-rich fertilizer. Broccoli and cauliflower can grow in most containers, so long as the temperatures don’t get too hot. Kale is another choice, and they love pots! Kale is a cool weather crop that gets a bitter taste if the temperatures get too high.
Unlike other root vegetables, radishes don’t get too large. If you provide adequate space for them to grow in the soil, radishes can be quite successful in a vertical garden. The container you select should be at least six inches deep. Radishes are fast growing, often ready for harvest within three weeks. You will get several batches in your vertical garden!