Vertical gardening is a great solution to gardening with limited space. Getting started using this technique can be done in as little as 5 steps. To begin, select plant varieties that grow tall instead of wide, make a garden plan, select and setup trellises and supports and train vines as they grow.
Choose Vining Varieties
The first step to vertical gardening is choosing the right plant varieties. To get started, thumb through seed catalogs and browse seed stands looking for “vining” varieties. Lots of vegetables and flowers can be trained to grow “up” and along trellises, fences and other supports leaving more square footage for other plants. Try growing cucumbers, tomatoes, peas, beans and vining flowers in a vertical garden.
Plan to go Vertical
Where is the garden going to go? Vertical gardening can be done on the deck, stairs, balcony or right in the yard. Choose the best areas to grow plants according to their space and light requirements. Before getting started, observe the hours of sunlight over the course of a day. Poke around in the existing soil to see if it needs any amending or if plants are better off growing in pots.
Gathering Trellises and Supports
The next step is to gather the right supplies. There are all sorts of trellises and supports on the market that are ideal for vertical gardening. Select supports at the right heights and widths according to available space and the growing requirements of individual plants. Pick up pots both large and small to add to the landscape as well as small trellises to accompany them. While shopping, don’t forget to pick up some garden twine as this may be needed to help train plants later on.
Arrange flower pots and trellises in their pre-determined spaces. Before planting anything, take a look at the vertical garden to be and do any rearranging. When everything is in a satisfactory place, get to work planting. Give plants a healthy start by planting them in nutrient rich soil and water accordingly so they’ll grow strong and tall.
Training Plants to Grow Vertical
Once plants have established themselves, meaning they have developed strong root systems and are beginning to grow, they’ll benefit from a little guidance. Gently weave vines in and out, around and through trellises and supports. This step may need to be repeated a few times until the plants get the hang of it themselves. As plants grow vertically and reach their peak heights, give them a little extra help by loosely tying them to their supports with twine.
As the growing season comes to a close, make a note of which plants grew well vertically and where. Jot dot which plants to grow again, which ones weren’t really worth it and make a wish list of ones to try next season. Give perennials a boost with compost in late fall to ensure they come back with a healthy and vigorous bang to kick off the start of next year’s vertical gardening season.