Options for vertical veggies
In the May/June 2010 issue of Gardening How-To, author Weldon Burge described how to grow vegetables vertically—on trellises, obelisks, and other upright structures—to save space in the garden. Some veggies are more suited to vertical gardening than others, because of small fruit size or a tendency to vine and twine. Try these favorites for a beautiful vegetable garden that grows up, not out.
• ‘Hilda Romano’—Stringless, flat Italian beans up to 12 inches long; disease-resistant plants
• ‘Blue Lake S-7 Stringless’—An improved Blue Lake pole bean, with vines up to 7 feet
• ‘Rattlesnake Snap’—Flavorful green pods streaked with purple; plants grow to 10 feet
• ‘Yard Long’—Asian variety also called ‘Asparagus Bean’; pods grow up to 2 feet long, but tastiest when about 12 inches long; heavy vines need strong support
• ‘Palace King’—Asian slicing cucumber; sweet fruits are 12 inches long with distinct ribs
• ‘Summer Dance’—Japanese burpless variety with 9-inch cukes; disease resistant
• ‘Yellow Baby’—All-America Selections winner; 10-pound watermelons with yellow-fleshed fruits
• ‘Green Arrow’—Superb, prolific shelling peas on 3- to 4-foot vines
• ‘Mammoth Melting Sugar’—High-yielding snow pea; produces large, flat pods on 4-foot vines
• ‘Sweet Million’—Hybrid cherry tomato with super-sweet, dark red fruits
• ‘Juliet’—All-America Selections winner; first elongated grape tomato variety resistant to cracking
• ‘Lemon Boy’—Lemon-yellow, mild-flavored tomatoes that look great on a trellis
Friday, June 04, 2010 9:19 AM
I wish there were more plants native to the USA on that list. thinking about trying native things but it's awfully difficult when nobody else seems to be...
Saturday, June 05, 2010 2:08 PM
I grow vertically - cukes, melons, squash, etc. I try to include heirloom tomatoes every year & any other natives I can locate. A lot of the catalogs carry native plants (flower) & the seed catalogs have a lot of heirloom veggies. My only problem is I get squash vine borers in squash, cukes & melons. I have tried Neem (organic), panty hose & foil on stems but they still seem to find my plants, also row covers. I have been an organic grower for 19 years but I wish there was something organic I could use to repel these moths. Any hints?
Saturday, June 05, 2010 7:13 PM
I saw something at Home Depot that I think is organic and can be used to keep pests away. Can't remember what it's called or if it's what you are looking for, but it's worth checking out.
Thursday, June 24, 2010 6:09 AM
This is my first year growing cucumbers on a trellis---so far so good--vines are slowly moving up the string grid. I plan to do more next year.
Friday, July 09, 2010 12:31 PM
This is a great idea for those of us with bad backs but love gardening. Someone at work was saying her grandfather grew watermelons like this was and created hammocks under each to hold up the weight..worth a try. I, too, can't keep squash varities due to bugs getting to them. I'm a fighter though..try another method/product next year.
Saturday, August 21, 2010 11:03 AM
I have a small raised bed. I would like to try vertical squash. What type of support should I build. It is all new to me. All help would be great.
Monday, September 27, 2010 11:34 AM
I have had grief from vine borers too! We have them all summer in Texas. I planted my squash in late August this year and seem to have slipped past the vine borer season in my area. Squash are producing and very healthy. You may want to try fall squash if your area supports it. Best of luck!
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 9:06 PM
I plant pole beans, usually blue lake or kentucky wonder. The plants alwasy look healthy but I have problems gettinng them to stay on the pole. I generlly don't attach them with anything and use simply wooden poles. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do to prevent the bean stalks from sliding down?
Friday, October 08, 2010 8:48 AM
Organic site for borer and cucumber beetle control....use BTK
Sunday, October 10, 2010 8:32 PM
whatever grows in a vine like way, I grow vertically
Sunday, January 09, 2011 11:03 AM
For pest of all kinds, buy praying mantis cases, sold online and maybe elsewhere. I have many, many of the odd looking little creatures and have no plant pests/mosquetos. I didn't bring them here but I love them. They even listen when I talk to them! My unused pool is full of frogs also and they eat all sorts of insects. Maybe make a small pond. Frogs like still water tho'. I have snakes too which eat insects. This is natures way of equalizing that population.
Sunday, May 15, 2011 5:13 PM
I just started my vertical garden this year, and it is fun to make the supports myself. My kids help me, and it is pretty easy.
Sunday, May 15, 2011 5:18 PM
I have Derek Fell's book, Vertical Gardening and it has been a great help to me.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 8:13 PM
My brother made me a seven level planter on wheels so that I can have veggies on all level and move the planter with the sun on the porch. So far so good, I have peas on top, then radishes and beets, then tomato plants then peppers then dill and finally cucumbers. I have squash on the sides so that they can trail down and the peas are spreading down a fence that I stapled to the back. I love it so far and nothing seems to have out grown it yet, but it is still early. The planter is 5 feet high, six feet long and 4 feet wide. It holds a lot but is pretty easy to move around which is great for me because I broke my knee about two months ago. This way I don't have to give up my home grown veggies.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 2:26 PM
I grew my squashes and melons on fences this year. They loved it and the fences kept out the deer. The ground hog ate the beens but left everything I had in the raised bed.
My only problem was a white powdery mold or something. It spread overnight and I could not get all the diseased leaves off my melons and tomatoes without killing the plants. Any ideas for preventing this next year? I live in upstate New York.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 3:11 PM
I grow, horozontally.
Get great racks from gardenersupply.com Did squash.cantelope,and cuckes and beans on these horozontal racks in raised bed.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 3:11 PM
oops I meant. at an angle, not horozontally...
Sunday, April 01, 2012 1:08 AM
@hbetzenhauser you are speaking of powdery mildew which is typically caused by overhead watering late in the day. There is a fungicide, however the best defense is to water at ground level and set your timer from 4am to 7am so the plants have plenty of time to dry during the day. Days of cloud and rain you may need to resort to the fungicide as a preventative. Good luck!
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 11:20 PM
If you want organic remedies you will probably have to figure out what the bugs are first. The best thing I found for ants was to sprinkle cinnamon over everything; aphids was to spray them off with soapy water. Slugs I used food grade diatomaceous earth; cabbage worms I used flour. The best way I found was to look on google images to see what kind of pests they were, then search for how to get rid of them. Hope this helps