Grow Your Vegetables Verticallycomments (3) February 24th, 2010
Speaking of finding enough space to grow all of the vegetables that you love, its easy to forget about some prime growing real estate that might be right in front of your eyes. We gardeners are usually busy looking at the horizon for growing room.
Today, step into your yard or garden and look up. Look for every possibility to use the vertical space you have at your disposal. Suburban and urbanites usually have vertical growing areas in spades; what with all the fences, walls, and side yards. There are several good reasons for training vegetables to grow up a trellis, lattice, netting, fencing, or obelisk. The first one being the most obvious; it saves growing space and makes the most of the space you have. It also gives that satisfying dimension when height is added to a garden or yard.
One interesting thing you may notice (if you've grown squash vines before) is that when you grow the veggies upwards, the base of the plant becomes full of leaves. Last time you grew them you may have noticed that vines grown horizontally end up with a bare and scraggly base. Suburbanite that I am, I'm always interested in as much botanical eye candy as I can get.
Some veggies enjoy growing up better more others. These vegetables include mini pumpkins, small squash, cucumbers, zucchini, indeterminate tomatoes, peas, and beans. One thing I want to mention is to put whatever support you're going to use into place and then plant the seeds or seedlings against it. This way, you're not literally stepping on anyone's toes by jabbing the support into the ground later.
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