Vertical Gardening Tips For Small Spaces
The same vertical frame 5 months later
This is a picture of the same vertical frame taken mid-growing season. The runner beans and climbing french beans growing from builders buckets placed at the foot of the frame, have taken to it beautifully and are now providing a good healthy crop.
A place for hanging plants
In addition to doubling up on the growing space with the double net arrangement, I also purposely left overhangs in place when constructing the framework. From these I intend to hang my upside down tomato plants.
Vertical gardening is not just restricted to plants growing upwards! Potatoes are a great vegetable to grow in containers, and they, of course, grow downwards. Each planted potato tuber should produce twenty or more new potatoes in about four months.
All you need is a rubble sack, old bin, or a container at least 10 inches tall. Just fill with about 4 inches of soil, lay on your potatoes and cover with another 5 inches of soil. You can purchase specially designed vertical potato planters that have little doorways to give you access to the crop.
Another way is to use a circular containment area made from bamboo sheeting and lined with scrap cardboard. At the end of the season, simply cut the sheeting away and you will have a stack of soil full of potatoes to harvest.
Apart from climbing plants, vertical gardening can also be employed when growing almost any other kind of plant, although growing root plants like carrots and turnips might prove to be a little more tricky.
Hanging baskets, vertical pod-type bags and containers also fall under the umbrella of vertical gardening, or even growing your plants upside down for a bigger higher yielding crop. You can buy or make long tube-like plastic or canvas bags, fill them with soil and cut multiple holes into the sides where you can easily grow a whole host of foods including among others, strawberry’s, lettuce, cabbage and cherry tomatoes.
Use Your Airspace!
Another great tip here is to realise that hanging planters do not have to be limited to being hung from a wall. You can suspend a wire or rope between two suitable anchor points, such as a tree and a wall, and hang your planters along the length of rope, making great use of the available air space.
The prop is to allow you to push them up out of the way, but just like an old-fashioned washing line, you can lower them down for watering.
You may need to cover them with netting to stop the birds eating your crop – depending on what you are growing.
Obviously you’ll need to take into consideration the shadows they may cast over other plants and position accordingly.