How to Grow a Constant Supply of Organic Produce in the Tiniest Amount of Space

Using vertical gardening which involves a technique where you cultivate your crops on supports and up surfaces.

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This is a great way of planting multiple crops in a confined space.

Benefits Of Vertical Gardening

  • It can increase crop yields
  • You can have multiple crops planted in a confined space
  • It requires minimum weeding
  • You don’t bend or squat anymore
  • Much easier cultivation and crop harvesting
  • You get much better access for pollinators
  • Expensive soil is not necessary
  • There is better air circulation
  • Easier access to sunlight
  • It’s safe from diseases and pests
  • It also helps in hiding unsightly views and enhancing visual intrigues

Vertical gardening is very useful for veggies and here are the vegetables that grow well with this form of gardening.

  • Hops
  • Peas
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Pole beans
  • Small melons
  • Nasturtiums
  • Gourds
  • Tomatoes, such as Brandywine or Early Girl variety

You can also grow fruit trees on flat surfaces with care and patience. The process of planting fruit trees on such surfaces is known as espaliering.

You can plant apple, peach, fig, pomegranate and pear trees.

Using a horizontal espalier pattern will be suitable for these fruit trees. The trees planted this way can generate about 30 to 60 pounds of fruit every season.

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The Basics Of Garden Supports

You can get garden supports at any supply shop that offers gardening equipment.

If you are talented you could also make your own using materials such as; baline twine, bamboo, netting, gates, fencing, chicken wire, ladder or even a bed frame that is no longer of use.

The Native Americans made use of nature in providing support for vining plants. They used corn stalks as a support system for beans.


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  • You should pile soil and make mounds of a width of four-foot each.
  • You then sow six kernels of corn in a soil of about one inch in depth.
  • Allow the corn to be about five inches tall, then plant your bean seeds, space them out evenly and around the corn stalk.
  • The bean vines will naturally coil around the corn stalk and will not endanger the corn in the process.
  • You can plant six squash seeds spaced out evenly and at about seven days after.
  • The squash plant will keep weeds at bay and will also give you great fruit.
  • You can also try alternating mounds of beans and corn with mounds of squash.

Also if you want to plant cucumbers you can use sunflowers as supports, you can plant your cucumber around the sunflower plant when it is about 12 inches tall.

Managing Your Vertical Garden

Here are five container gardens which can provide your patio, fence, wall or balcony with a flowery aesthetic ambience.

Your Pallet Herb Garden

What You Need:

  • Wooden pallet
  • Landscape fabric (a small roll)
  • Hammer
  • Sandpaper
  • Staples
  • Staple gun
  • Nails
  • Potting soil in two large bags
  • Seeds or plants

Simple Way Of Constructing A Pallet Garden:

  • Get a heat-treated (HT) marked pallet, it is not treated with chemicals and is therefore good for planting edible crops.
  • Pull out any loose nails after sanding the pallet, then wash the pallet with soapy water and allow to dry out in the sun.
  • Out the pallet face down while you cover both its bottom and back with your landscape fabric.
  • Secure the fabric with staples by pulling it’s taut and stapling on the wooden surface every two inches.
  • You then turn the pallet over and fill it with your potting soil.
  • You can now plant your seeds or herbs and pack the soil so that it is tightly around them.
  • Let the plants settle so leave the pallet flat for some weeks, make sure you water your seeds and plants every day.
  • Next you lean the pallet against your fence or the side of your building, you can get assistance for that.
  • Ensure that you water the plants every day as well as regularly fertilize your crops.

Try The Rain Gutter Garden

What You Need:

  • Gutter caps
  • Drill
  • Metal gutters
  • Metal cutters
  • Gutter hangers
  • Potting soil
  • Seeds or starts

Simple Way Of Constructing A Gutter Garden:

  • You can either reclaim an old gutter or you get new ones.
  • These gutters will be mounted on fence or building, so it’s dimensions will have to suit where it is going to be mounted.
  • Use soapy water to wash the gutter.
  • Get yourself organised and decide on how the gutters will be arranged.
  • You can cut the gutters with your metal cutter if need be, then you glue as appropriate.
  • Every three inches at the bottom of the gutter drill drainage holes.
  • Use a gutter hanger to attach the gutters to your wall or fence.
  • You then fill the gutters with potting soil.
  • After which you should plant your seeds or starts.
  • You could plant strawberries, greens and lettuce if you like.
  • Fertilize regularly and in hot weather water every day.

Give Shoe Rack Garden A Try

What You Need:

  • Hangers
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Fabric shoe rack or canvas
  • Seeds or starts
  • Potting soil

Constructing A Shoe Rack Garden Is Simple:

  • Get a new fabric shoe rack or renovate one.
  • On your fence or wall hang it there.
  • You can plant greens, ornamentals or strawberries.
  • Just make sure your potting soil is packed tightly in the pockets.
  • Using a spice rack or wooden wine rack can also work.

Get Yourself A Tin Can Garden

What You Need:

  • Get about 10 to 12 recycled tin cans
  • Measuring tape
  • A magic marker
  • An electric screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Some potting soil
  • Starts or seeds

Constructing A Simple Tin Can Garden:

  • You decide how you want the cans to be arranged and where to put the garden.
  • You use your marker and tape measure to mark out where each of the cans will be.
  • Take off any label on the cans and wash then well.
  • You then punch in three drainage holes at the bottom of each of your cans, use a nail and hammer for this.
  • Use screws to hang the cans on your wall or fence.
  • Put in your potting soil and then plant your starts or seeds.
  • Flowers and herbs are great for tin can gardens.
  • Add fertilisers regularly and water every day.
  • Your tin cans will eventually rust, so you have to plan to replace them every planting season.
  • Alternatively you could use terra cotta pots using specialised hangers, recycled plastic bottles or even rain boots.

Try Out The Living Wall

You can transform your wall into a living wall.

These walls reduce noise, improve the quality of air and absorb heat in the room they are in.

It is also aesthetic and gives a beautiful scenery to your home, while providing a nice habitat for butterflies and birds.

What You Need:

  • Starts or seeds
  • Get vertical garden panels
  • Get some potting soil
  • Installation tools

Construct A Simple Living Wall Garden:

  • Buy your desired panel.
  • Some panels come with irrigation systems and mounting brackets.
  • In each slot plant your seeds or starts, ensure there is potting soil in there first though.
  • You can plant lettuce, greens and strawberries.
  • If you are planting edibles just make sure the panels are made from food-safe materials.
  • Ensure the plants take root by laying down the panels for a couple of weeks.
  • Choose the wall that receives the mist sunlight during the day to hang your panels.
  • Ensure that the brackets get the panels away from the wall because of moisture.
  • Fertilize regularly and water every day.

You can start your own vertical garden today by trying out any of these gardening methods that is suitable for you and get to eat fresh veggies whenever you need them.

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