Love gardening but looking for ways to conserve space in your yard? Then, try creating a vertical vegetable garden.
In this article, we’ll be helping you choose the best crops for your vertical garden and provide some useful tips on how to grow them in your own backyard.
Include Sugar Snap Peas in a Vertical Vegetable Garden
There are so many DIY vertical gardens plants to choose from, but sugar snap peas are one of our top favorites. To grow these little guys, be sure to install netting or a trellis for their vines to grow.
If you know how to properly support your sugar snap peas, these can grow up to a whopping 6ft tall! Next, you’ll want to sow your seeds in spring and enjoy watching your vines throughout the season into summer.
During the midsummer heat, don’t worry if your peas might stop producing, don’t kill them. Instead, wait for them to mature in the coming fall.
Lastly, be sure to give each vine its own room to grow!
This veggie is by far a personal favorite, you’ll know why soon. So, if you’re struggling to cut out pasta from your diet, then this squash is exactly what you need. Trust me, they are the best alternative.
Once cooked, the flesh of the squash comes out in long, spaghetti-like strings, but of course, you can easily toss it with your favorite pasta sauce.
If you’re excited to try this out, you need to make sure that when you’re growing them in vertical gardening planters, let your squash fully ripen to a warm yellow color before removing it from the vine.
“Lazy Wife” Pole Beans
Despite its name, the lazy wife beans aren’t anything but lazy. It’s actually a variety of pole beans known for its large amount and continuous string of production.
Pretty nice, right? Once these beans start growing from your outdoor vertical planter, you can hardly get them to stop.
After planting your seeds, secure a trellis tripod over the area to give the vines support. After 80 days, your vines should be mature enough to start producing beans. Yummy!
“Dr. Martin’s” Pole Lima Beans
Of all the vertical gardening vegetables, this one might have one of the weirdest names. Actually, this bean gets its name from a dentist, Doctor Martin, who also was a talented botanist.
Thanks to the good doctor, we now have one of the largest varieties of Lima beans today. Thanks, doc!
Did you know that these vines can grow up to 12ft tall and need plenty of support, so make sure you use thicker poles for your trellis? Make sure to plant in well-drained soil and regularly harvest to get more beans.
For the musicians in your life, try planting this strangely shaped veggie in your vertical plant wall.
This heirloom veggie originated in Italy, but you can grow it easily in your own garden. It will thrive and is also very beautiful.
These vines will also naturally climb once given any kind of support, but be aware — these zucchinis can grow to be almost 2ft long, so don’t let those delicate vines fool you! Give them ample space to grow.
This melon is perfect for your modern vertical garden, thanks to its relatively small fruit, growing not much larger than a common grapefruit.
There’s a little bit of a reminder if it’s your first time. These melons can be a bit touchy with cold weather and can stop growing if the temperature drops below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to harvest these melons while their ridges are still green in color.
“Malabar” Climbing Spinach
The problem with most home-grown spinach is its vulnerability to heat, making it hard to grow this vegetable in certain zones.
Good thing there’s the Malabar climbing spinach that’s perfect if you’re looking for vertical vegetable garden ideas.
Don’t worry because this variety of spinach tastes just like the real deal and is famous for its ability to tolerate high temperatures. Given some netting or a delicate trellis, this plant will naturally begin to latch onto the support — all you have to do is watch, and then eat!
“Sungold” Cherry Tomato
This particular tomato is a family favorite, thanks to its amazingly sweet flavor and its versatility. They aren’t just gorgeous, they are also delicious!
These tomatoes can be grown either outside or inside, and will still produce a ton of fruit. Try seeding these plants indoors until they are 6 weeks old, and then move them into your garden giving each plant its own trellis to climb on.
This tomato can continue to produce its sweet fruit well into fall, given the right TLC.
Are you feeling excited about your vertical vegetable garden? Don’t waste any more time and start preparing your garden for a whole new vertical setup. You’ll love the plants, their beauty, and how it’s space-saving it is to have a vertical garden.