what plants you can grow in vertical gardening?

SamWrightFebruary 1, 2013

I never tried vertical gardening and I wanted to give it a try after watching a video from youtube of using the soda plastic bottles in making a vertical garden. What kind of plants can you grow in it? Thanks! Sam

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Thanks for starting thread regarding vertical gardening, it can be informative. Can you share YouTube link related to vertical gardening?

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 4:48AM
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A lot of vining plants can be staked vertically, eg. cucmbers,any melons,beans tomatoes.zuchinni,squash. I find cattle panels work best and are inexpensive. it is real easy to bar lock cheap 1/2" black hose to the bottom of the panel, then punch a hole into the bottom of the hose every 6", then and attach a garden hose and wait 20 minutes and you have 2" of water applier directly to your plant. They (cattle panels) are light weight last a life time and are real easy to store if you want to prop them up in the winter. Google cattle panel trellis and you will find tons of great ideas. This method keep your plants off the ground (less mold) and makes it real easy to prune and weed & water and fertilize and it really makes you garden look great, its real easy to harvest without stepping on vines or bending over to look under every leaf for cuckes and melons.Good luck I have 6.. 4' X 16' cattle panels in an area where nobody uses trellis and people are astounded when they see English cucmbers hanging over head or melons 6' off the ground or indeterminate tomatoe that are 7' tall. Have fun with them

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 2:33PM
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It's great information related vertical gardening.
It's an informative reply for us.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 4:40AM
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Hi everybody!

I have attached the link to the youtube video. It's pretty easy. And, thanks to Oil Robb as I have now an idea of what to plant. I think or should I say, I want to plant cucumber first. That would be a good start.

Thanks everybody!

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing Vertical in Soda Bottles - The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 3:14AM
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The video was very interesting. I made a different type of soda bottle garden. I had arugula, cilantro, parsley, chives, strawberries, basil and sage. I'm getting ready to replant it for the coming growing season.

Here is a link that might be useful: recycled bottle garden

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 10:59AM
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You can plant pretty much anything in a vertical garden. The vertical challenge isnt what plants grow vertically, they all do...IF you can provide the right structure or system to make it work!

Im in the process of becoming an urban farmer (and dumping the 9 to 5! YES!) and have invented / tested / researched many ways to produce food vertically with as much efficiency as possible. see the below picture for an example...those are over the door shoe organizers i got from walmart. They cost 9$ a piece, are tough enough to survive multiple winters, even outside, and will grow 20 heads of lettuce to almost full size without using a square inch of ground space!

In my backyard, this means i can grow over 5000 lettuces/herbs/strawberries/carrot/onion/etc without using any flat space. When space is limited and youre trying to make a living at this, it counts A LOT!

A combination of many vertical systems works best for optimal results. Those pockets will not grow a large plant such as a beefsteak tomato or an eggplant for example....but for those, I have a different system!

The important points in vertical growing:

-Use a lightweight medium that drains well but holds water well.

-use plants that most efficiently close the space between one another in the system youre using without overlap (for example in the below picture ideal would be to have all of the planter covered in canopy.

-The cheapest your vertical system, the better. Vertical farming, as opposed to flat farming, requires supporting structures, which turns it into an intensive capital activity. The return is really worth thei nvestment IF and only IF you can find a cheap way to set yourself up. I strongly encourage reusing things that would go in the trash. Remember, reusing is always better than recycling. Get creative. Dont buy those overpriced vertical planters, they have sucked up all the benefit youd get out of vertical farmign in their overinflated prices.

-Irrigation is a challenge...best set yourself up with drip from the start, if youre serious about results that is.

-Nutrients are quickly depleted in a vertical system with limited growing medium. That leaves you with 2 choices: either empty out the system at eevry crop and refill with compost rich medium, or use water soluble nutrients, which makes it easy for drip....your pick

Hmm if anyone has any questions, ask away. I must have read a good 5000 hours on the subject not including all the practical testing and research... :)


    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 9:32PM
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Cucumber vines can grow as long as 6 feet; growing them vertically will save a lot of soil for other plants. Cucumbers can be a bit heavy, so plant the vines near a chain-line fence or inside a wire cage. When the vines first begin to run, you may need to train them to the fencing; after a week or so they will grasp onto the wires and pull themselves up farther every day.

Pole beans are one of the two varieties of beans grown. Unlike their bushy cousins, pole beans grow on slender vines that wander for long distances. These light, thin vines can grow up almost any vertical structure. Set up bamboo poles into a tepee shape or run a series of strings between poles to get the vines off the ground and the beans in the air.

Tomatoes grow much better when they are caged or trellised vertically. The tomatoes have less chance of splitting and rotting from being in the dirt, the vines are up in the air so that pests can be spotted and taken care of easier and the fruit can be supported, so larger tomatoes can grow. Install classic tomato cages around the seedlings when they are planted, and gently tie tomato vines to the cages to train them.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 3:23AM
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MisterK - I love the look of the shoe bag garden!! What is holding them up? Do you have a hole poked in bottom? Are they made of cloth or plastic? Would there any problems with leeching of bag chemical material into the plant? That is a question I wonder with the plastic bottle garden too.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 11:40PM
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Hi Khaled - wow!!!! that is a lot of shoe holders.

Please tell me how long your shoe holders have lasted.

You are giving them a tough time - they were never designed to allow for periods of drying and wetting - does the stitching give way?

I understand that purpose built wall planters are expensive when compared with the shoe holder but I am wondering about your life cycle costs.

I have wally pocket planters that I have used now for 4 years - they are tough and hold moisture as well.

Do you find water drains very quickly from the shoe holder?

thanks in advance

    Bookmark   January 4, 2014 at 8:46PM
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oops your name is MisterK not khaled!!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2014 at 8:48PM
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@gardenbeet: yes, i am indeed torturing them in a hardcore way,and thats on purpose. Theres no point of using a cheaper solution if it needs replacing twice a year :-p.

the first ones i bought have been through 2 winters already, this is their 3rd one, and they are holding great :) the stitching never gave away, even on model with the thinner material ( the light brown/beige ones). The textile ripped completely but the stitches are like new!

Wally pockets have certain benefits for sure, snce they are specially designed for growing, but are not economically viable and i suspect they wont last much longer than those shoe organizers which cost a fraction of the price :)

The material in those shoe organizers had no drainage holes but the material itself drains. They do dry out very quickly due to the small size of the pockets ans the fact that they are not contiguous. The best 2 improvements that could be made to this system is drip irrigation and using a white material to keep things cooler. Otherwise, they are a godsend :)

And my name is Khaled, but my nick here is MisterK

Khaled :)

    Bookmark   January 4, 2014 at 11:47PM
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@imscaterred: this is not directed specifically to you, but ill answer the leaching chemicals into the soil question when everyone stops using plastic containers for growing and eating/drinking out of plastic containers. Im really puzzled as to why people thinks of this but never complain about the zillion poisons and chemicals in the foods we eat, let alone the packaging.

Anyone who thinks about it for a second can figure out a dirt cheap, 2 seconds solution if they really insist that the pvc or plastic or whatever is dangerous.


    Bookmark   January 4, 2014 at 11:52PM
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I enjoyed reading all of the great ideas. I have purchased a great product which is friendly for the environment and is well made! Its from an up and coming called Plants On Walls. They have a great product and I started off by purchasing one of their items to see how my indoor plants would grow. I sent a pic, Awesome product, well made, safe and is said to last a very long time. It is also made in the US so I thought it was worth a try. I will be ordering more to take outside this spring to grow veggies and other plants of my choosing. Oh, one more thing it comes with what they call a root wrap so you can change out the plants if you choose and move them around from pocket to pocket. Draining is also excellent and I only have to water the top and it filtrates down. Well worth the money.

Here is a link that might be useful: Plants on Walls

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 1:04PM
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vegpatch(5 Colo)

Here' s a link to vertical gardening on Pinterest for those who are visual to see what can be done... vertically..

Here is a link that might be useful: Vertical Gardening

    Bookmark   March 5, 2014 at 12:58PM
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hello everyone, Ive started a facebook group on backyard vertical farming and its really really interesting, we have almost 1000 members already and youll find all my tricks and tips on vertical farming there :)

Its called Vertical Farming Alliance, join us now were going to have an amazing season :)


    Bookmark   March 5, 2014 at 1:09PM
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