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10 Vegetables To Grow In Vertical Gardens

10 Vegetables To Grow In Vertical Gardens

Did we tell you that you can easily grow herbs, vegetables and fruits in your vertical garden indoors and outdoors?

Perhaps this isn't the last time you'll hear us discuss vertical gardening. When it comes to successful gardening, this method simply cannot be overstated. It's a great approach to save room without jeopardizing the plant's well-being. It not only lets you grow more but also improves air circulation, which results in healthier plants. When you just have a small amount of time and space to cultivate, vertical gardening is the best option for you. Learn about the top 10 edible veggies that are simple to cultivate, harvest, and enjoy!

Vegetables For Vertical Gardens

Vertical gardening is a popular choice for gardeners who have lots of available lands. It improves the garden's air quality and reduces the prevalence of pests and diseases, in addition to making your space look aesthetic. Generally speaking, vegetable plants that are well-cared for yield more than those that aren't, so you can expect these plants to yield more harvest. We compiled a list of 10 vegetable options for vertical farming!

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the most common and easiest vegetables to cultivate in a vertical garden. Tomatoes vary not just in appearance but also in how they develop. Some, like mini-cherry kinds, are short and prefer to sprawl out on the ground, while others are content to continue climbing so long as they have something to hold on to.

tomatoes

Tomatoes grown vertically are more likely to remain upright and are less likely to have their stems snapped by wind or the weight of their fruit. Tomatoes that are trellised have their leaves raised off the ground, where they are more susceptible to pests and fungi. It is also simpler to pick tomatoes from a plant that is elevated off the ground. Tomato plants that are free of the disease require adequate air circulation and trimming. Vining tomatoes, sometimes known as indeterminate tomatoes, can reach a height of eight feet with proper support. Tomatoes can become out of control if you don't trim them, but if you keep them in check, you'll be rewarded with a bumper crop of delicious, ripe tomatoes.

Light - Bright sunlight
Soil - Well-drained, fertile, sandy loam 
Location - Preferably outside

Beans

Beans are a delicious and nutritious vegetable. Now, what if we told you that you could cultivate these microgreens in your own house with minimal effort and square footage?

Beans

Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) are easy to cultivate in both traditional gardens and smaller spaces like pots. Another plant that is suited to vertical growth is pole beans. Most plant types benefit from having some sort of support as they mature, so be sure to give yours enough of it. A trellis, if possible, is the best option. Green beans can be grown just as successfully in containers as they would on a raised bed. Famous bean cultivators include the "green bean," the "Romano Italian," the "Meraviglia Venezia," the "Gold of Bacau," the "Lima Bean," "Doctor Martin," and the "King of the Garden." Once the seedlings are established, bean plants are among the easiest vegetables to care for. Keep an eye out for and respond to pests such as slugs.

Light - Full, bright sun
Soil -  Slightly acidic to neutral 
Location - Outdoors and indoors

Peas

Vertical gardening is not limited to just herbs and tomatoes, though. Even though they thrive in the cool of early spring, you may plant these cool-season vegetables in the fall as well. The sweet pods are so delicious. In the spring, peas are generally the first vegetable planted since they thrive in milder temperatures. Pea tendrils will happily find the trellis and climb it without much encouragement or assistance.

Peas

The foliage and flowers of a pea plant are pretty enough to be featured in a garden in the front yard. Plus, they team up with beneficial nitrogen-fixing bacteria to create symbiotic interactions that boost soil quality.

Light - Full, bright sun
Soil -  Well-drained, loose
Location - Indoors and outdoors

Lettuce

This is our favourite green to grow- not only outside but anywhere! This is one of the easiest veggies to grow in your vertical garden and the tastiest as well!

Lettuce Plant

Lettuce is an extremely adaptable plant that can successfully grow in both horizontal and vertical orientations. As a plant that does best in colder temperatures, its ideal growing conditions can span a wide range of times of the year and environmental variables. It's possible to have a tasty, harvestable crop in a shorter time frame, both indoors and out. Think of the soil as a simple component. Whether grown indoors or outdoors, lettuce requires light and airy soil. Lettuce is a classic and reliable green vegetable, perfect for straight-from-the-garden preparation. Make a salad or toss some onto your homemade burgers—either way, you won't be disappointed.

Light - Bright sun
Soil - Loose, cool soil with good drainage
Location - Outdoors and indoors

Cucumbers

Who wouldn't want their garden full of crisp, delicious cucumbers? To name just a few of their many advantages, cucumbers can be used to lower internal body temperature, ease constipation, promote bone health, and strengthen the immune system. If you have youngsters at home, a cucumber garden is a fantastic idea. When spring and summer come around, you can always serve your family fresh cucumbers from your vertical garden.

Cucumbers plant

Another one of our vertically grown vegetables There are both bush and vine varieties of cucumbers, and both need enough ventilation to avoid succumbing to fungal diseases. Vertical cucumber gardens are space-efficient and yield better plants. A vertical cucumber garden produces cucumbers that are more robust, uniform in shape, and less wavy, all of which make them more convenient to pick. When your cucumber plant is just starting to grow, you can train its tendrils to climb up the trellis with your help. Because of their susceptibility to many pests and illnesses, cucumbers are best kept off the ground.

Light - Bright, full sun
Soil -  Fertile 
Location - Depending on the variety

Spinach

As is common knowledge, spinach is a fantastic green that helps keep you hydrated and builds strong muscles and bones. (It's easy to see why spinach is Popeye's favourite!) Vertical gardening is a viable option for cultivating vegetables like spinach.

Spinach plant

Spinach thrives in cool weather. Some cold is tolerated, although spring and fall are ideal for growing these plants. Malabar spinach is a summer spinach alternative that may grow on vines as high as 20 feet in warm climates. A strong trellis is ideal for the vines. Malabar spinach, once it reaches the trellis, climbs up the vine without any assistance. Larger and thicker than regular spinach leaves, Malabar spinach's heart-shaped leaves are delicious both raw in salads and cooked in Asian stir-fries. The time and money you save by growing your spinach are well worth the effort. Grow some of these Popeye-approved superfood leaves already!

Light - Full sun to light shade
Soil - Moist, nitrogen-rich
Location - Indoors and outdoors

Spices and Peppers

One of India's most profitable crops is hot peppers and spices. It's a staple in Indian cooking, appearing in a wide range of dishes and condiments. Vertical gardens are ideal for growing chilli peppers since they are so easy to tend to.

Spices and Peppers plant

Growing peppers is a lot of fun, and there are countless possible outcomes thanks to the wide availability of pepper seeds and the advent of vertical pepper gardening. It may seem difficult to grow a tower of vegetables, but the reality is that you don't need a green thumb or even much time to reap a bountiful harvest. Peppers can be planted from seed or by starting plants once the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed enough. They provide a great harvest in late spring or early summer. In the hottest portion of the summer, check your peppers every day or every other day to see whether they need watering. Too much or too little water will kill your pepper plants. (peppers love water!)

Light - Direct, full sun
Soil - Airy, well-drained
Location - Preferably outdoors, but also grown indoors

Gourds

They belong to the Cucurbit family and are among the most interesting and unusual veggies. Due to their rapid growth and the consequent need for extensive planting space, gourd vines are best grown vertically when growing in limited garden space. Gourds are a lovely addition to vertical gardens, and they can be trained to climb a trellis, fence, or pergola with little effort.

Gourds plant

 

The majority of the hard-shelled gourds used as autumn decorations are excellent choices for vertical cultivation. When planted on a trellis or arch, gourds appear beautiful with their fruits dangling down, and the plants are easier to care for when they are not in direct contact with the soil. Gourds planted vertically on trellises receive more light and air, reducing the risk of fungal diseases such as powdery mildew and being less likely to be attacked by pests. All kinds of gourds flourish in your garden, providing you with an abundance of delicious vegetables.

Light - Full sun
Soil - Fertile, slightly acidic
Location - Outdoors

Pumpkins

These delectable, plump vegetables are fantastic for our health and would be a nice addition to your garden. Pumpkins have numerous health benefits for humans in addition to their aesthetic value as garden ornaments.

Unfortunately, large pumpkins cannot be grown vertically, but baby pumpkins and other smaller species can be supported using a variety of supports. However, you must ensure that the vertical support you choose can sustain the load. Space-saving gardening tip: cultivate dwarf pumpkins. 

Pumpkins plant

Since pumpkin plants like to take over an entire garden, smaller cultivars work well along trellises. If you're not careful, pumpkin vines will smother everything in their path and take over your garden. Since pumpkins are climbers, cutting back on their growth could save you some headaches. Whatever the case, they are great for growing in a vertical garden.

Light - Sunny spot, bright light
Soil - Neutral or slightly acidic
Location - Outdoors

Luffa

You may already know that loofah sponges are useful in the bathroom and kitchen, but did you also realize that they can be grown there? Remember that a loofah plant in a pot will eventually reach a very large size. Let the vine cascade over the pot's sides if you don't have a trellis or fence nearby. You can also grow these vegetables outside in your gardens or pots.

Luffa plant

You may already know that loofah sponges are useful in the bathroom and kitchen, but did you also realize that they can be grown there? Loofah gourds, which are the fruit of vines related to cucumbers and squash, are harvested for their fibrous interiors, which are then used to make loofah sponges. The skin of a luffa fruit is dark green and deeply ridged along its length. The fruits can reach a length of two feet, and they're wider, too. This vegetable is entertaining and tasty.

Light - Sunny spot, bright light
Soil - Well-drained but moist 
Location - Outdoors

Harvesting Your Veggies!

vegetable vertical garden

Few things can compare to the satisfaction of coming home to a harvest of fresh herbs and vegetables that you grew yourself and then using them to make a delicious supper. By keeping an eye on how they taste and feel in the mouth and learning which seeds and kinds thrive in our climate, we can make the final product better. We can learn to appreciate new tastes and sensations by planting and harvesting helpful seeds and plants. The benefits of growing our food are virtually unlimited. A large garden room or other outdoor space is not necessary to fully enjoy this

Conclusion

Picking fresh herbs and vegetables from your garden, preparing a meal, and sharing it with loved ones is the pinnacle of home cooking. Wonderful for outdoor vertical gardening, all of these crops may be grown in the soil. Leave a comment telling us which of these crops you'd want to plant.


FAQ's

  1. How to build a vertical garden?

You can build a vertical garden in various methods, such as using trellises, pallets, obelisks, fences etc. To know more about building your vertical garden, check out our post here!

  1. How to DIY a vertical garden?

Vertical gardens are easy to set up and build on your own. There are limitless options to DIY your vertical garden using old furniture, waste bottles, pots, containers, picture frames and unused wood and pallets. Pinterest and Instagram can help you come up with creative ideas to build your vertical garden!

  1. How much do vertical gardens cost?

It depends on how big or small you wish your vertical gardens to be. You can make your vertical garden completely cost-free if you DIY or you can spend some money on good-looking with firm support systems with irrigation. It all depends on you! You can also do artificial and natural vertical gardens depending on your budget. 

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