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Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative Gardening Techniques for Growing Up in Small Spaces Paperback – November 16, 2011
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From the Back Cover
In a very small footprint, you can take advantage of vertical acreage by planting vegetables and fruit that climb, ramble, and twine toward the sun. Small, contained spaces also minimize weeding and pest control and maximize your harvest.
Begin with peas and beans, the stars of climbing vines, and then explore the vertical possibilities of other popular garden foods:
* Grow tomatoes in a hanging planter; pick them off the dangling vines
* Train cucumbers along the sloping sides of an A-frame trellis
* Tie melon vines to a fence and use slings to cradle the heavy fruit
* Weave sweet potato vines through a trellis; enjoy the foliage as a decorative plant and dig the potatoes for dinner
* Confine sprawling squash plants to a tepee instead of having them take over valuable garden space
About the Author
Rhonda Massingham Hart is a master gardener and the author of several books including Vertical Vegetables & Fruit, The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb, and Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden. She has written articles for a variety of magazines, including Flower & Garden, Woman’s Day, and Fine Gardening. She writes extensively on organic gardening techniques and lives in Washington State.
Top Customer Reviews
This book offers great information on various techniques to grow up instead of out. Ideas for trellises, teepees, fencing, and how to build them makes this book worthwhile on its own, but then the author gives varieties of plants to grow, where to grow them, zone info, how to train them, etc. We are going to try raspberries again, blackberries, grapes (did you know for best grape production don't improve the ground too much with compost or the rich soil will encourage the grapes to grow more leaves and vine instead of fruit? Me either!), melons, and squash, I can't wait! This book makes me and Jim want to go plant something, now!
This is best for people who have at least a small yard, however there are some ideas for people who only have a balcony or a sunny window as well.
It starts with good reasons to think vertically for your garden. How it helps plants take advantage of sunlight better to create more food, it cuts down on weeding since your plants have a smaller footprint, and allows a lot more to be planted.
Then the author explains the best materials to use for building supports and trellises, and how to build some popular structures like trellises, cages and teepees. She gives some suggestions for good container plants with minimum depth and spacing suggestions and a chart about how much soils and soil mixes weigh for hanging planters.
The rest of the chapters are on different types of plants. Each plant has planting and seed recommendations. These helped me a lot with planning my garden. I live in a Zone 3 area, which means that my options are pretty limited. Recommendations for varieties include zone hardiness.
My favorite chapters are the one about sweet potatoes which explains how to make your own slips to plant in following years, strawberries, raspberries and espalier trees. I grow strawberries and raspberries already. Using the methods explained in this book will make it easier to really help them grow more abundantly, and get enough extra to pass some on to friends. My family loves sweet potatoes, and making slips and training the plants will be good practice for my son.Read more ›
Living close to a major city, my backyard is the average postage stamp size for our area. I am looking forward to putting these ideas into play this summer and growing more food as a result of it.
Generally i'm not too much in favour for coffee table books, but this topic really demands for inspiring photography together with some solid how to instruction and some good NEW ideas, but this books just lacks all of it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love trying new ideas to grow a garden. Their are some really interesting ideas that I will try in the years to come.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is everything it claims! It offers numerous solutions for a small space gardener that can be applied to almost anyone. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Busybee
Great ideas especially for small spaces or to have a garden close to your porch or anywhere. Fast service. Thank you.Published 8 months ago by Debbie from Maryland
This book has a fairly narrow reach, just as implied by its title. Within that limited venue, it does a nice job of treating its subject. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Big Daddy
I love this book. There are so many good ideas in it that I will utilize in my gardens. I would recommend purchasing this book.Published 14 months ago by Einstein Wannabe
Many useful ideas and examples of plants one would not think could be grown vertically. Many useful photos and ilustrations with clear explanations. Recommend.Published 15 months ago by ZozoKidd