When it comes to vertical gardening, the sky is the limit. Vertical gardening
uses space....literally. Instead of planting horizontally in your garden,
a vertical garden grows plants up, or down. To grow vertical gardens, you
need some kind of support, to allow your plants to grow upward, instead of
along the ground. If you are growing plants down from a deck, you will need
a garden planter for the deck.
Vertical gardening is not a new concept. It has been practiced for thousands
of years. A garden trellis has long been popular for climbing roses and other
vining types of flowers. Trellises date back to at least the Roman Empire.
Your parents and grandparents practiced vertical gardening indoors. In the
1950s and 1960s indoor plant poles were "the rage". Every home had
to have a plant pole with hanging baskets filled with house plants. Whether
they knew it or not, they were practicing vertical gardening.
Common examples abound, of supports for vertical gardens. Poles and fencing
often comes to mind first. Fencing is commonly used to grow vining garden
crops like peas, vining varieties of beans, cucumbers, and many squashes.
A wide variety of vining flowers grow up with the support of a fence, trellis
or arbor. Poles are also common supports for vertical gardening. The most
common example of this is bean poles.... hence its name. Another method of
vertical gardening utilizes poles and plastic netting (pest netting). Vining
crops grow up the netting, and are supported by the netting.
A seemingly unlimited variety of creative planters are available for vertical
gardening. Some are attached to walls, for use on patios and balconies. This
opens up gardening possibilities to practically everyone.
Vertical gardens can grow down. Put a planter on a deck. Let a vining
flower or vining garden crop, grow downward off the deck. This works great
with cucumbers, peas, miniature pumpkins, beans and vining flowers, like
Cardinal Climber, Scarlet Runner Beans, and just abut any other flower climber.
Tower- The Agro Tower is a neat vertical garden planter. The stackable
planter, comprised of 19" X 19' X 19" pots, is perfect for limited space.
Use an Agro Tower for a wide variety of flowers vegetable, and herbs. This
vertical planter is very popular as a
strawberry tower. You can stack
three to five heavy duty pots, to add loads of vertical gardening space.
Balcony and Deck Grow Station
- Use the Grow Station on your balcony, deck or patio, to extend the growing
season, spring and fall. The Grow Station is a unique combination of a cold
frame, a mini-greenhouse, and a work bench. You can also use it as a storage
unit. Your seed starts and deck plants will love it. When the weather warms,
keep the doors and top open, and use it as a plant rack, to grow your favorite
2- Tier Growing Rack Greenhouse
- With a removable plastic cover, this unit is great fro frost protection.
When the weather warms, remove the cover and use it to grow flowers and
vegetables on your deck vertically.
Tip: There are 4 tier units on the market. Many manufacturers have
stopped making them, as they are VERY susceptible to tipping over in moderate
to strong winds.
VeggiCage - This revolutionary cage expands a whopping
7ft of vertical gardening! Try them on sweet peas, tomatoes, pole beans,
cucumbers, and other climbing flowers and vegetables.
Veggie Rings easily attach to a regular garden stake. Use one, two
or three, to hold up tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and other plants. The plant's
foliage hides the rings from view.
More on Veggie Cages and Veggie Rings
Hanging baskets - We are all very familiar with the wide array of
flowers, that gracefully drape down from a hanging basket. Vegetable gardeners-
- tomato plants are great candidates for a hanging basket.