How to Grow a Vertical Garden

Vertical gardening is a great way to grow more plants in less space and get more harvests from that garden space. It is easy to grow a vertical garden by placing trellises that can support plants. Training plants to grow up the trellises is easy too. Gardener Scott shows the different trellises in his garden and how he trains plants to grow vertically. (Video #198)

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How to Grow a Vertical Garden

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  • Mamoka Mika

    Mr. Scott, for the lower hoops that you are growing cucumbers, please show us a way to protect the cucumber plants from pests. I have seen light fabric cover the hoops for non- vining plants. Not sure what is the best way to cover the hoops without damaging the vines. Thank you for your expertise and guidance.

  • Colleen Medling

    So I can try some of these and have tried the t stake trellising and like it. But what about hail? I have a hell shield but I don’t think I could get it over the trellising that is shown here. Mine is shorter.

  • Leslie M.

    Thanks for this video, I like your ideas for cost effective DIY trellises. I have a question about growing squash vertically: I attempted vertical acorn squash this year, and it looks great (about 5' tall now) but I only have one squash. Do you think going vertical limits production? I am in zone 10A and planted from seed in April if that makes any difference. Thanks! 🙂

  • Tina Click

    Scott, thank you for giving a detailed explanation of how to vertically trellis. If a squash plan puts out roots along the vine do those have to go into the ground for the plant to get enough nutrients? I have a squash plant I want to train vertically but it already has a few roots in.

  • Adam Petherick

    Can you do a video on the topic. Of watering and the benefits and differents between water. watering from the bottom up.. nobody actually went into the science behind all of different types of water on..thankyou.

  • Florence Chan

    Hi Scott – Thanks for the inspiration!

    Loving growing upwards with my indeterminate tomatoes this year… but if anything, I see they are doing a bit too well – My biggest plant has now surpassed its 5' stake by a couple of feet and I'm not sure what I should do between now and the end of the season. Should I supplement with some other vertical support, should i start thinking about chopping off the leader, or should I just allow the plant to drape back downward, perhaps? I do have an unused clothesline maybe 8 feet away. Do you think stringing it over would be a worthwhile endeavor?

  • Bev Barry

    I grew my zucchini vertically last year and will probably do the same again this year. Our new house has been delayed so I am having to grow my Summer crops in pots and grow bags. I was glad to see you have tomatoes in grow bags as I wasn't sure if that would work. It is a little frustrating but that seems to be the theme of 2020! Thanks for the trellis tips, I think I'm going to need them.

  • David Jonathan West

    Thank you for all your content. It is very inspiring to me! I am building a raised bed this weekend and using some large oak tree branches that recently fell down to fill them using the Hugelkulture method. I like in the upstate of SC and was wondering where you are located (generally, not specifically). I know you have said you are in zone 7 which is my zone. Just wondering for comparison reasons (my plants to yours).

  • J Levan

    In my area, cattle panels are 16 ft long. Without renting a truck, I can't transport them. Tractor Supply won't deliver them either. So I went to Lowe's. They don't have cattle panels but in the concrete section there are mesh panels for use in concrete. These are far easier to transport. They aren't as versatile as cattle panels but some people may like them because they have no other choice.

  • Amanda VHB

    I got those green plant clips after another video where you mentioned them and I love them! And I like they are reusable and adjustable!

  • Raï 55 Roots

    I’m growing my squash plants vertically this year (putting those extra tomato cages to work). Vertical growing is fun AND provides a myriad of benefits, as you stated!

  • Monica M.

    Thank you for the videos Gardener Scott. May I make a suggestion? You should point out that the twine needs to be loose around the plant but taut to the trellis. This give the plant the ability to grow thickly, and also pulls it up so it can climb the trellis. Additionally, the "Covered Wagon" style trellis has the added benefit of keeping out some predators while letting all pollinators in. I think that's what I will have to do next year. Most of my crop is destroyed by those da–ed birds.

  • Ben There

    I grow the Viet chopstick bean. They grow very quickly to 30" long, each and are very productive and delicious in stir-fries. I grow mine on a trellis over ten feet tall.

  • Sharon C

    I used your method of bending the cattle panel into a trellis I saw on one of your past videos and using the twine and clip method this year. Such a game changer. Thanks

  • Captain Ron

    This is an incredibly informative video for gardeners! I grow tomatoes and beans vertically in my raised beds and I've done this successfully for many years. I had always spurned vining plants like squash because they took up too much room. However, I realized I have about 200 feet of wire fencing around my yard that could act as a trellis. Several years ago, I simply conditioned some of my soil along the fence and planted a few varieties of squash that I trained to grow vertically along the fence, then trained them to grow horizontally. So, late in the season I have my entire fence covered in different varieties of squash. It looks awesome!

    I've had only two problems with this method: the first is finding a variety of zucchini that would truly "vine". I have yet to solve that challenge. The second problem I had was that the cantaloupe I grew would be too heavy to support the fruit and would pull the entire vine off the trellis. I managed to find a solution that became quite a conversation piece … I went to the local "dollar store' and bought a bunch of brassieres. I hung the fruit in the brassieres and that worked wonderfully!

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