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Vertical Gardening – Simple Ideas for a Vertical Vegetable Garden

November 16, 2019

[Music] When space is at a premium and you’ve
got nowhere left to grow there’s only one solution – reach for the skies! Given the combination of the right crops, vertical supports, and wall-hugging planters you can pack a lot more into the space you
have available. In this video we look at how to plan a vertical vegetable garden so you can get the most from your plot. Climbing plants offer a logical way to
begin growing skywards. Suitable vegetables include pole (or
climbing) beans, climbing peas, sweet potatoes, vining
tomatoes plus sprawling types of zucchini,
cucumber, melon and squash that can be trained up supports. Allow plants to find their own way up
supports or tie them in at intervals to encourage them upwards. Many structures can offer support for skyward plants. From simple rows of bamboo canes to more
complex or decorative structures. Arbors and arches look complete with
climbers such as passionfruit or a grapevine, or how about climbing squashes or
beans with colored pods or fruits. The pods or fruits will then dangle down
to create a feature that’s both delicious and attractive. Trellis (either bought or, as here, homemade from woody prunings) could be used for a wall of climbing veggies or sweet peas. Wicker or bamboo wigwams offer a
space-saving and arguably more attractive alternative to the usual rows of canes, while obelisks and pergolas present
decorative solutions to growing upwards. Our Garden Planner features many support options that can be selected and dropped into your garden plan. Many tree fruits can be trained into a
vertical plane, either against a wall or fence, or along
freestanding wire supports. Apples, pears and cherries are just a few
examples. These trees may be trained to produce
single-stem cordons, fan shapes, parallel-branched espaliers, or
other fence-hugging forms. Use sturdy horizontal wires strained
between fence posts to create the necessary supports for
wall-trained fruit. Cane fruits, such as raspberries and blackberries, naturally grow tall. Left unsupported, the canes have a habit of flopping over to smother neighbouring crops. Parallel wires secured between upright posts will keep them in line. Our Garden Planner has a range of space-efficient plants to choose from – for example, this apple cordon. Click once to select, move the cursor to where you want it to appear on your plan, click to place, then drag using the corner handles to extend to multiple plants if desired. The Planner also helps you to select and place
supporting structures. Take these pole beans for example – they need some bamboo canes to climb up. Let’s head up to the Selection Bar,
scroll through to find what we’re after, click to select, click again to place and, holding the mouse down, drag out to the
desired length. There we go. Make you garden work harder for you
by including any number of wall-mounted or stepped
planters, planting pockets, tower planters and hanging baskets. Fill them with herbs, salads and strawberries, then watch a
blank space take on a whole new life. The Garden Planner has lots of ideas for
suitable containers. Simply click the Information button for a
description of each and its suitability for your garden. You can make your own wall-mounted planters from recycled food tins that have been lined with plastic, or sturdy bags, or parallel rows of window boxes or tubs. Old pallets are widely available, and turning them into vertical planters is a great way to reuse them. Check they are safe for re-use by looking
for the pallet stamp. Stamps should display the IPPC logo and/or the letters EPAL, plus HT or DB, which means the wood hasn’t been chemically treated. Hammer or hang your recycled containers into
position before filling with potting soil. Wall-mounted planters are likely to require regular watering because of the rain shadow cast by the wall. Micro or drip irrigation systems deliver water efficiently, and can be coupled with a timer to automate delivery of the water. Walls or fences must be strong enough to
hold the considerable weight of damp potting soil. In most climates you will
also want to make the most of sunshine but picking a surface that faces the
mid-day or afternoon sun. Any heat absorbed during the day will
then be reflected back onto your plants at night, speeding growth and of course harvest time. It’s the right combination of vertical-
growing crops, supports, and the correct containers that
will help you to get the most from a small space. Of course, there are plenty of other
ideas out there for vertical vegetable gardens. If you’ve got one, don’t keep it to
yourself – share it by dropping us a comment below. And with seed sowing beginning in earnest, now is the ideal time to subscribe to enjoy more great gardening videos. [Music]


  • Reply Dusan Ivkovic February 27, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    I really want to start growing strawberries vertically this year! My mother tried for a few years in handmade crate but there's too may of them and they are very small and rare.
    Would someone give me suggestion witch type of strawberries to choose? I'm looking for some average size, 100% natural. 

  • Reply Awakening Healing February 27, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    This is so cool! Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Reply Patrick Meehan February 27, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you for that great informative video.

  • Reply Growing With God February 27, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    great video.  I've used a few of these ideas but I learned a bunch more.  thanks

  • Reply MR GARDEN PROJECTS February 28, 2015 at 7:15 am

    I think growing vertically is such a great space saving idea. Theres so many ways you can grow vertically now as well. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Umair Ahmed March 1, 2015 at 9:44 am

    some vining crops can be trained over another plant
    these include trees and long and sturdy branches

  • Reply maximillianc100 March 2, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    what great ideas.  I bought one of the fabric shoe bags that you hang over doors to plant in too.  I will hang it where my hanging baskets were.

  • Reply Cate's Garden March 4, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Good info. I suggest vertical gardening to my "urban" just-starting gardeners all the time.

  • Reply K00L VIDEOS March 16, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    great vertical gardening info nice video

  • Reply Troy Santos April 7, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Same here … like these ideas a lot :))

  • Reply Gardening Tips With Phil April 13, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Some very good ideas here. The trellis made out of pruning's is a great idea.

  • Reply Justin Luo April 16, 2015 at 9:49 am

    very good ideas

  • Reply GrowVeg May 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    For when the only way left is up!! Vertical Gardening – Simple Ideas for a Vertical Vegetable Garden. What do you grow vertically in your plot?
    There are many other similar ideas on how to get the most from your plot on our pinterest board Love Small Gardens….

  • Reply Sj Smith May 22, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    To my knowledge?, sweet peas are ornamental plants and are not edible.  I only mention this since the title is about growing vegetables, and the suggestion to grow an unedible plant might confuse a newbie to gardening.  Other than that, your video is very creative and interesting… offering lots of inspiration.

  • Reply lineflyer1 September 16, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Nice video. i grew some huge hydro lettuce on my channel. Keep up the good work

  • Reply Debra Hall February 6, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    I bought tall plastic laundry baskets with air holes , I plan to put a dustbin bag in it , fill it with potting soil , cut holes in it and then plant with strawberries , lettuce and radishes etc , with herbs on the top . I can keep the strawberry plants and the herbs in all year and harvest the salad and replant with seedlings .

  • Reply MostHitMan April 28, 2016 at 12:31 am

    can my girlfriend grew a booty fruity on my bamboo?

  • Reply martysgarden May 11, 2016 at 3:32 am

    No doubt about that. I grow my microgreens in vertical stands on my micro farm in Australia.
    Thanks for the video tips.
    Happy gardening/Farming
    Marty Ware (Australian Micro Farmer)

  • Reply Aashana November 20, 2016 at 8:20 am

    which software is used for plant planning.

  • Reply zoher nature March 11, 2017 at 11:17 am

    شكرا جزيلا

  • Reply Ysp November 1, 2017 at 11:33 am

    This is so inspiring! Wow!

  • Reply Stormyweld05 December 15, 2017 at 12:33 am

    I love this video so much. Thanks.

  • Reply Rathwulven Bushcraft April 12, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Two words: Great video.
    Nothing more to say – thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Concrete Building System March 25, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    I have a "cavity wall" system that can accommodate an 8 or 12 wide open cavity to fill with soil. The sides can be "perforated" with holes to let plants grow out horizontally, and then whatever. Supports can be simply added. The challenge is to use all four exposures of the wall, north, east, south, and west, with the appropriate plants. A wall, say 8 feet high, can receive waste water or better put "nutrient solution" at the top. As it makes its way down, it's purified by multi faceted "mircrobial" root action. Water that makes it to the bottom can be collected by a buried perforated pipe. I think it's a new science and opportunity to combine plants productively given four concurrent exposures. Any help with this would be appreciated. My site is Cheers!

  • Reply Stephanie Leary April 10, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    have you ever been hired to do a job? and if yes will you take a job in the Coachella Valley, by beautiful Palm Springs

  • Reply roblrocks June 22, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Zucchini excuse you sir you mean a
    courgettes 🇬🇧
    Great video

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