Gardening requires lots of water… most of it in the form of perspiration. – Lou Erickson
Don’t have much garden space? Want to grow tomatoes, beans, peas, cucumbers, squash and just about any other kind of veggie on a vine? If so, consider vertical gardening.
Many plant supports, including trellises, nets, cages or stakes can be used to maximize your garden in small areas. Not only will you save valuable space, but growing container plants vertically can turn just about any nook or cranny into a beautiful garden spot.
Even if you have plenty of room, vertical gardens will help keep plants up off the ground. They can also be used to define landscaped areas, by creating interesting focal points and eye-pleasing boundaries. Advantages include:
- Fruits and flowers are less susceptible to pest damage.
- Cultivating and harvesting is easier.
- More plants can be grown with less space.
- Can be used as a privacy screen or to cover up unsightly views.
- Provides better air circulation, reducing fungal problems.
- Allows for more efficient watering.
- Yields are generally higher.
- Creates a shady spot in the garden.
- Monitoring and managing pests is easier.