Sure, vertical gardening saves a lot of space, but trying to construct a vertical garden capable of supporting multiple tiers of vegetables is tricky. That is why you should start growing vining fruit and vegetables. These plants are easy to train to a trellis and have no problem with a vertical climb, helping you save space and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Take a look at this informative list of best climbing and vining vegetable for containers. These vegetables are productive and take your vertical space to grow!
An ideal provider of leafy greens, Malabar spinach multiplies well; this vegetable is so productive even in containers that it never stops producing until the growing conditions are favorable. Despite being a tropical perennial, it performs well in milder climates. Start the seeds indoors and wait until the last frost date before transferring outdoors. As time marches, the plant gets overly bushy, and you may need to harvest it intermittently and provide solid support to the vine for optimal growth.
Anyone with a green thumb will tell you how rewarding it is to toss slices of fresh, home-grown tomatoes in a plate of salad or to eat it any other way. There are many varieties of tomatoes that follow vinelike growing habit. Tumbling Tom, Sweet 100 Tomato, and Green Zebra are few of the many varieties that can be grown in containers vertically.
Pole bean vines grow to a convenient height of about 10 feet, making it a suitable vegetable to grow in pots, even in balconies. Growing beans in containers is particularly useful for early starting when the soil temperatures are too cool to support the growth of this warm season vegetable. Like most bean species, pole beans resist transplanting and hate when the temperature dips pretty low.
Cool and crispy, cucumbers are warm season vegetables that thrive best when there is a rise in temperature. The compact, moderately long vines make them suitable for container growth. Certain varieties perform better in containers than others. Excellent options in choosing cucumbers for pots include the bush varieties such as Salad, Hybrid, and Pickle bush.
Summer squash covers squash types like zucchini, straight neck squash, and crookneck squash. These develop fruits quickly after the vines spread and form a compact habit that grows to a manageable height of 2-4 feet, thereby making it an excellent choice for container gardeners. They also require up to seven hours of full sun daily, in addition to regular watering and a fortnightly dose of organic fertilizer.
There are many different varieties of melons that grow in a vine form and are remarkably easy to grow in containers. Cantaloupe, as well as sugar baby watermelon, are both adaptive to container culture and survive best with occasional watering and moderate temperature. It’s advisable to cut back on watering when the melons reach a cricket ball size.
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