A Vertical Gardening Guide
Why grow vertically?
As many of us have started to realize the value of growing our own food, a large struggle we face is finding space to grow. In my own backyard, my raised bed space started with 119 sq. feet for growing food. Experimenting and learning to grow things vertically allowed me to fit a lot more in my garden. I was able to grow watermelons and squash (which are notorious space hogs) and still have almost all my square footage left. As you read this article, I encourage you to look at the photos and imagine those vines sprawling over the raised beds. You’ll definitely see how much room they would have occupied if not grown vertically. Before getting into the specific tips and tricks, I quickly want to highlight some of the benefits of growing vertically:
♦Save Space-maximize how much you can grow in your garden.
♦Disease prevention-your plants will have better air circulation which can prevent certain diseases.
♦Easier harvesting-growing off the ground can make produce easier to spot.
♦Protection– prevents food from growing on the soil which can lead to rot, fungus, or attack from critters.
♦Aesthetics-creating height in the garden can be absolutely beautiful!
Learn how I grow more food in my small garden by growing vertically! These techniques are perfect for urban gardens, patios, and small spaces and they will also help improve the health of your vegetables as well.