A couple of days ago I wrote about tomato supports, so today I’m extending that post to vertical gardening in general. I like to grown things vertically because it saves ground space and increases my overall yield because I can squeeze in a few more plants. But there are other advantages to vertical gardening that make it worth considering as you plan your space:
- Want to save your back? Gardening vertically makes it easier to harvest your crops because you’re not bending over. This also means that gardens with disability can garden more easily.
- It’s easier to watch for and control pests in a vertical garden. When things are at eye level you are more likely to notice them.
- Your crop is more visible in a vertical garden because the fruits aren’t hiding under as much foliage, so you are less likely to miss something that needs to be picked.
- You can more easily see the base of the plant in a vertical garden, and can target your watering more carefully. You might be able to save water this way.
Tomatoes, peas, cucumbers, squash, melons, pumpkins, pole beans, and gourds all lend themselves well to vertical gardening. I’ve grown tomatoes, pole beans, and cucumbers this way, and will try to grow melons and squash vertically this year.
There are lots of resources online for building trellises and other supports for your vertical garden. That’s how I learned to make the PVC frame with netting that’s pictured above. As soon as I reinstall old supports and build new ones, I’ll post photos.