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Vertical Gardening Is The Way To Go If You Have Limited Space For Gardening.In the photo above you can see exactly how a vertical garden needs to be built. There needs to be plenty of support for the weight of the plants your growing. Remember that in the wind your vegetables that are growing vertical can easily be pulled down by high winds. So the better support you can have for your vegetables being grown vertical the better off you will be. Choose Your Plants Carefully For Vertical Gardening. You will find that excellent vegetables to grow vertical are cucumbers, pole beans, tomatoes, and squash. I’ve also grown miniature pumpkins and some types of exotic beans like yard long beans and other exotic beans in my vertical gardening. You need to set up the bed for your plants and put the growing supports in place for your vegetables to grow on before you ever plant your vegetables in the beds. It’s very important that you prepare your containers for your plants. I always put plenty of drainage holes in my containers and I usually put 4-6 inches of crushed gravel and small stones in the bottom of my containers to make sure I have plenty of good drainage. You Can Even Grow Pumpkins In Vertical Gardens. I’ve even had success growing big pumpkins vertical but I used 2″X4″s for support for my pumpkins. I grow huge pumpkins this way and I’ll often add mesh nets under the bigger pumpkins when they get growing to provide them with support. I’ve grown some this way that have weighed over a hundred pounds hanging 8-10 foot in the air. I promise you it’s quite a site to see. Some people stick their supports in the soil but I strongly suggest attaching your supports to the container or containers by screws or nails so you won’t have to worry about your vegetables falling down or getting blown down by a strong wind or thunderstorm. Let me tell you there’s nothing like standing under pole beans and reaching up and picking big buckets of pole beans. Cucumber vines grown up in the air on strong supports will produce huge amounts of delicious cucumbers. If you keep the growing cucumbers picked off you’ll be rewarded with huge amounts of cucumbers to produce delicious pickles with. I like to pick them when they are a little bigger than a mans thumb and make delicious dill pickles with them. You can look on line and find yard long pole beans that you can grow in your vertical beds and I promise you when your children and friends see them they will be amazed. I also like to grow yellow crook neck and zucchini squash in vertical beds. Just plant them as you normally would and then move the vines to encourage them to grow up and over your vertical supports. I often use cotton gardening twine to tie the mature plants to the supports to encourage the squash to grow up on the supports. Hog Wire Works Great For Added Support For Vertical Gardens. You can use what is known as hog wire to build great support walls to grow cucumbers on. If you grow your cucumbers this way you’ll be able to walk along the wall of hog wire that your cucumbers are growing on and pick off your cucumbers. Put up 4″X4″ wooden posts about two foot in the ground with six foot sticking up above the ground and then fasten hog wire across the poles like a fence and then plant your cucumber plants along the bottom about a foot apart. As the cucumber plants grow train them up onto the hog wire. You can weave the growing plants into the hog wire and the cucumber plants will keep growing and you’ll be rewarded in time with lots of delicious cucumbers on your vertical wall of cucumbers.
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Vertical Vegetable Garden

In the photo above you can see exactly how a vertical garden needs to be built. There needs to be plenty of support for the weight of the plants your growing. Remember that in the wind your vegetables that are growing vertical can easily be pulled down by high winds. So the better support you can have for your vegetables being grown vertical the better off you will be. Choose Your Plants Carefully For Vertical Gardening. You will find that excellent vegetables to grow vertical are cucumbers, pole beans, tomatoes, and squash. I’ve also grown miniature pumpkins and some types of exotic beans like yard long beans and other exotic beans in my vertical gardening. You need to set up the bed for your plants and put the growing supports in place for your vegetables to grow on before you ever plant your vegetables in the beds. It’s very important that you prepare your containers for your plants. I always put plenty of drainage holes in my containers and I usually put 4-6 inches of crushed gravel and small stones in the bottom of my containers to make sure I have plenty of good drainage. You Can Even Grow Pumpkins In Vertical Gardens. I’ve even had success growing big pumpkins vertical but I used 2″X4″s for support for my pumpkins. I grow huge pumpkins this way and I’ll often add mesh nets under the bigger pumpkins when they get growing to provide them with support. I’ve grown some this way that have weighed over a hundred pounds hanging 8-10 foot in the air. I promise you it’s quite a site to see. Some people stick their supports in the soil but I strongly suggest attaching your supports to the container or containers by screws or nails so you won’t have to worry about your vegetables falling down or getting blown down by a strong wind or thunderstorm. Let me tell you there’s nothing like standing under pole beans and reaching up and picking big buckets of pole beans. Cucumber vines grown up in the air on strong supports will produce huge amounts of delicious cucumbers. If you keep the growing cucumbers picked off you’ll be rewarded with huge amounts of cucumbers to produce delicious pickles with. I like to pick them when they are a little bigger than a mans thumb and make delicious dill pickles with them. You can look on line and find yard long pole beans that you can grow in your vertical beds and I promise you when your children and friends see them they will be amazed. I also like to grow yellow crook neck and zucchini squash in vertical beds. Just plant them as you normally would and then move the vines to encourage them to grow up and over your vertical supports. I often use cotton gardening twine to tie the mature plants to the supports to encourage the squash to grow up on the supports. Hog Wire Works Great For Added Support For Vertical Gardens. You can use what is known as hog wire to build great support walls to grow cucumbers on. If you grow your cucumbers this way you’ll be able to walk along the wall of hog wire that your cucumbers are growing on and pick off your cucumbers. Put up 4″X4″ wooden posts about two foot in the ground with six foot sticking up above the ground and then fasten hog wire across the poles like a fence and then plant your cucumber plants along the bottom about a foot apart. As the cucumber plants grow train them up onto the hog wire. You can weave the growing plants into the hog wire and the cucumber plants will keep growing and you’ll be rewarded in time with lots of delicious cucumbers on your vertical wall of cucumbers.
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Vertical Vegetable Garden

Vertical Gardening Tips.Pole Bean Teepees Are The Way To Go With Pole Beans. There are many ways to grow vertical gardens. In the above video you’ll see how to grow pole beans on a teepee made out of bamboo poles. This is a great way to grow pole beans especially if you’ll remember to anchor your pole bean teepees well so they won’t blow over in a strong wind or thunderstorm. Just anchor your pole bean teepees with tent stakes and rope and you will be fine. Be sure to leave enough room so you can walk in under your pole bean teepee and pick pole beans from the inside as well as the outside. And don’t forget to do your own research and find various varieties of pole beans to grow like yard long pole beans and purple pole beans. Children especially love to see the yard long pole beans being grown and they are oh so delicious. Build A Sturdy Frame To Support Your Vertical Gardening. You can build a sturdy frame like in the photo above. Once you have the frame built be sure to frame in a door and cover the sides and top with hog wire. Build it about 12 foot by 12 foot square and you’ll be able to grow all the cucumbers you and several families will be able to use. With a couple of cucumber frames like this you can grow and sell cucumbers or pole beans. Be sure that you use treated lumber for your grow frames and for your containers. I put my growing containers around the bottom of the frames and I put thick black plastic down in the floor of the enclosure to keep rid of grass and weeds. I often set an outdoor chair inside the enclosure and just go out there and set in the evenings. When the enclosure gets covered with cucumbers it looks like a cucumber house. Marigolds Keep Away Garden Pests. When I grow my tomatoes especially I plant marigolds in hanging baskets and hang them from overhead in my growing enclosures and it keeps the garden pests away. Tomato worms can not stand marigolds and if you’ll plant them very close to your tomatoes they will keep away all garden pests. Plant Potatoes In Your Containers In Early Spring And Late Fall. In the early spring and late fall before it’s time to plant other vegetables you can plant various varieties of potatoes in your containers and grow bumper crops of potatoes in your containers. They will grow very fast in the prepared loose soil and this way you get another crop out of your containers.You can also plant things like spinach, green onions, and radishes in your containers. Redo The Soil In Your Containers About Every Three Years. About every three years I take all the soil out of my containers down to the gravel and mix it with more well rotted manure or compost. Again I mix it about 80 percent soil with 20 percent well rotted manure or compost. By doing the soil over as I call it I keep my vegetables growing well. Do you have a compost bin? If you don’t you should have. Click Here for instructions for making one. Vertical gardening in some ways is vastly superior to row crops. Pole beans, tomatoes, and cucumbers all grow much better in vertical gardens than they do when planted in a conventional method. Every year I grow huge amounts of cucumbers, pole beans, and squash using various forms of vertical gardening and so can you. Do your own research and plant things that you and your family like to eat. I keep a journal every year about my gardens so I can refer back to it in the years to come. I hope you’ve enjoyed my Hub Page on Vertical Gardening and found it helpful. I appreciate you stopping by and reading my Hub Page. Please feel free to post your comments below.

Vertical Vegetable Garden

Vertical Vegetable Garden
Vertical Vegetable Garden
Vertical Vegetable Garden
Vertical Vegetable Garden

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