Just because you’ve decided to plant your garden on a vertical axis rather than a horizontal one doesn’t mean you can’t continue to grow most – if not all – the vegetables you’re used to growing in a traditional garden.
However, those vegetables that will naturally grow vertically by extending vines that attach to a supporting structure are naturally most conducive to vertical gardening. They include:
- Green beans
- Lima beans
While the inclination of all of these plants is vine, not all will naturally grow up. Cucumbers and squash, for instance, might take some training on your part. This is as simple as threading new tendrils up through your supporting structure to give them the chance to attach.
But suppose you’d like to include non-vining vegetables in your vertical garden? It’s not in any way out of the question, but will require that you rework your thinking on how your garden is arranged.
Home stores and garden supply companies have, in recent years, designed a number of products to help with this. They are typically shelf-type planters meant to be placed against an exterior wall, but nearly any container that can be adapted for vertical use can serve as a great planter in a vertical garden – old rain gutters, suspended two-liter soda bottles and shipping pallets can all be used.
The plants that work best in this sort of arrangement are the non-climbing varieties, such as:
- Potatoes (regular or sweet)
Just remember that soil depths and planting conditions – particularly for in-ground plants like potatoes – should conform as closely to horizontal as possible horizontal conditions when planted in a vertical arrangement.