Grow a Vertical Garden



Vertical gardening is a great concept for an organic garden. You probably use it for vegetables such as tomatoes already then they don t get out of control. There are other plants in your organic garden that could benefit going vertical.

You can also use this concept for fruit trees. Train your tree to a lattice by pruning laterals and only keeping verticals, that are parallel. If it works for the vine, it can work for a plum tree. It is not simple, but it is worth it, if you need space.

The Vertical gardening benefits include:

-Save space

-Easier to manage

-Harvest is not on the ground, thus reducing soil have access of pests and diseases

-Leaves have more exposure to the Sun and better air circulation around culture, reducing the chance of disease

-Dries faster after getting wet, again to reduce the chance of disease

Veggies consider growing vertically:

-Passion Fruit

-Vines

-Tomatoes

-Cucumbers

-Acorn and butternut squash (pumpkins)

-Garden or Snap peas

-Poste Lima Beans, Snap or Rome

-Some melons

-Get creative and add to the list!

OK, so how do you configure the trellis system?

This will depend on the plant. Some plants, such as small melon and squash (pumpkins) are heavy, therefore, will require a strong trellis set.

-We have used wire around of rain water tank of passion fruit and cherry tomato.

-Make a tee-pee with bamboo sticks or piles of tomatoes and tie at the top to protect.

-Stakes for tomatoes

-Lattice wood (for a lighter).

-Configure 2 poles with wire between them (such as a line of clothing flat)

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