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Vertical Gardening: Grow Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space

Pinned on September 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm by jp

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Vertical Gardening: Grow Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space

The biggest mistake gardeners make each season is starting out too big and then quickly realizing
their large plot requires too much weeding, watering, and backbreaking labor. Vertical gardening guarantees a better outcome from the day the trowel hits the soil—by shrinking the amount of “floor” space needed and focusing on climbing plants that are less prone to insects, diseases, and animal pests.
Notable author and gardener Derek Fell has tried and tested thousands of varieties of vegetables,
flowers, and fruits and recommends the best plants for space-saving vertical gardening. His grow-up,
grow-down system also shows which ground-level plants make good companions underneath and alongside climbing plants. Best of all, many of Fell’s greatest climbers and mutually beneficial plants are available in seed packets in every local garden center.
With a mix of DIY and commercially available string supports, trellises, pergolas, raised beds, skyscraper gardens, and topsy-turvy planters, the vertical garden system reduces work, increases yields, makes harvesting easier, and can be practiced in spaces as small as a container or a one-by-four-foot strip. Vertical Gardening features 100 color photos of the author’s own vertical methods and showcases beautiful, troublefree perennials, shrubs, vegetables, annuals, and fruit perfect for this new, rewarding way to garden.

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C. Fowlkes "Thangmy" says:

Great ideas, Very doable, Very thorough Howdy, I garden..too much some say… close to 2 acres of intensive vegetable beds in Vietnam, so I’m always growing 12 months a yearI own just about every gardening book amazon sells, Most books are good for a few Ideas and that’s finebut this book goes into great detail on vertical gardening with some very thorough explanations for vegetables and flowers and many different ways to go about it.He also gives an honest interpretation of heirlooms and hybrids seeds, I love heirlooms but hybrids get an unnecessary bad rap these days from misinformation.the author clears that up nicely, he also mentions some varieties that have worked very well for him(Always appreciated)That along with a new Compost tea recipe that I’ve never seen anywhere else and won’t have you going nuts trying to find the ingredients as well as Some very Good and NEW info makes this an easy 5 stars, I’ll be changing existing beds and putting up new vertical Beds from the info provided in this book.

J. L. Maurer says:

General advice but little specifics of vertical structures I expected this book to focus on making/buying and using vertical structures in the garden, and was disappointed. Only 30 pages or so cover vertical structures, there are no details for making your own, and most of the ideas were familiar ones. Much of the book covers general gardening topics, like seed starting and compost-making, at a VERY superficial level. There is a good section about which types of plants and varieties grow vertically. This might be a decent book for an absolute beginning gardener who is limited to a small space and currently knows very little about gardening or plants’ growing habits. Given the disconnect between my expectations and the actual contents, I returned the book.


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