As an urban dweller, I’m constantly looking for ways to grow more without taking up more space. Square foot gardening, gutter gardening, and raised beds are all great ways to do this—but sometimes that’s still not enough. Sprawling plants like tomatoes are great to grow at home, but they can also take up a lot of room. That’s why sometimes it’s better to grow plants up.
Growing vertically works incredibly well for a variety of fruits and veggies. It takes up way less space, is easier to manage, and makes room for growing a truck-ton more food than many urban dwellers would be able to do otherwise.
Vertical gardening also requires less tending to. Why? Because there is less soil to worry about! It takes less time to water a smaller patch of ground and there are fewer weeds to worry about as well. Harvesting is (literally) less of a pain in the neck—and back—since less bending over is required when fruit and veggies are up near eye level.
Less soil also means you’ll save money, since you won’t have to purchase nearly as much replacement soil. If you use compost, that will also go much further since there’s less ground to cover. Setting up your vertical structures might cost a bit to start with (not much if you use recycled/repurposed items), but once that’s done, you should notice a difference in the amount of money you spend on maintenance.
One of the best ways to ensure healthy and fast growth of plants is to make sure they have plenty of access to oxygen, air circulation, and room to grow. Vertical gardening cuts way down on pests and diseases, minimizes ground rot (this is a huge problem for tomatoes), and maximizes vegetable production and yield.
Lastly, vertical gardening works for many different kinds of plants—not just vining ones. Strawberries, radishes, and even lettuce can be grown vertically. Try lattices, hanging baskets, stacking containers, wall pockets and more to maximize space and produce. You might be pleasantly surprised!