Expert Tips for Vertical Vegetable Gardening

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Want to plant more healthy vegetables this summer, but only have a small space or urban garden?

The author of “Vertical Vegetable Gardening, ” and a number of other gardening books, recommends that gardeners experiment with growing a wide variety of vegetables vertically.

“Vertical gardening amounts to less water, less fertilizers, less work and less worry, ” says McLaughlin. “These types of gardens can be the key to success for a beginning gardener, as well as those with small gardening spaces.”

Here’s what else she had to say about growing vegetables in vertical spaces:

hanging herb gardenQuestion: Why should gardeners grow vegetables vertically?

Answer: There are fewer (if any) weeds, pests, and diseases. One of the best perks of vertical gardening is that you'll have fewer weeds sprouting up. Even if one or two weeds sneak in, they can be yanked out in minutes.

With horizontal beds you end up weeding all the bare soil areas, but with vertical gardening, you’re often starting with weed-free bagged soil. And you're working with less soil surface so plants fill in and crowd out weeds.

Plants grown vertically have better air circulation around the foliage, which means less trouble with pests and disease. This makes for stronger plants and more unblemished fruit. By allowing plants to grow up instead of out, you also limit their physical contact with the soil and soil-borne diseases.

Question: What are some easy ways to grow vegetables vertically?

Answer: Purchased trellises are the first thing that comes to people's minds for vining plants. But for climbers (depending on the plant), you can use netting, fencing, gates, chicken wire, discarded bed frames, ladders, string on pole frames, etc.

Don’t forget you can also take advantage of the spacebelowa raised plant, as I’ve done in this container of climbing peas, herbs and lettuces (shown above).

Vertical gardens aren't just for vining plants, however. There are lots of ways to use the real estateabovethe garden. Hanging baskets, tins, recycled bags, fabric pockets, spice racks, hanging vegetables baskets, and stacked pots in graduated sizes can all accommodate vertically challenged plants such as herbs and strawberries.

Question: What are some of the best vegetables to grow up?

Answer: The naturally vining types include: peas, pole beans, cucumbers, small melons, tomatoes, summer and winter squashes, such as small pumpkins.


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Starting a Vegetable Garden

Hey! I plan on starting a vegetable garden soon, I've never done any gardening before. Would an experience gardener like to offer some advice? I've got a few basic questions!
1) Do you test pH levels of the dirt in your garden? If so, can you have different pH levels in each row of plants?
2) I read that you can't plant strawberries close to peppers because they spread diseases. Have you tried this before? Is it better to have 2 gardens?
3) What do I need to do to the soil beforehand? Obviously I need to loosen it up a bit, maybe get some nice healthy dirt in there

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