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Vertical Vegetables and Fruit: Creative Gardening Techniques for Growing Up in Small Spaces

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At last, an innovative solution for urbanites, apartment dwellers, and anyone who wants to grow food in small spaces — grow up! 

Vertical Vegetables & Fruit shows how easy and fun small-footprint food gardening can be. Low maintenance and big harvests are just two of the benefits of using teepees, trellises, cages, hanging baskets, wall pockets, stacking pots, and multilevel raised beds to grow vegetables and fruit.
 
Whether your soon-to-be garden is an alley, a balcony, a rooftop, or just a windowsill, master gardener Rhonda Massingham Hart provides expert advice for constructing the site, preparing the soil, and planting and caring for vegetables and fruits to produce a hearty harvest. From beans on a tepee to tomatoes on a wire archway, melons on a slanted fence to cucumbers on a trellis, kiwis on a clothesline to strawberries in a pot, there are simple growing guidelines here to fit every gardeners favorite tastes and site. 

For experienced gardeners looking to try new techniques as well as first-time growers with tiny growing spaces, Vertical Vegetables & Fruit is the space-saving, harvest-enhancing guide to producing a bounty of fresh food in any location.

Book News Annotation:

This colorful guide for gardeners on the science and techniques of vertical gardening provides practical instruction for developing plantings on trellises and other space saving gardening structures. Beginning with an overview of general principles and traditional methods, the work presents specific instructions for planting several vertical annual vines and perennial fruits. Chapters include illustrations and technical drawings as well as recommendations for specific plant species, pruning and trimming tips, and a listing of gardener's resources. Hart is a master gardener and the author of several other garden books. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Limited Space and Little Time to Garden? Try Growing Your Food Up

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 Storey books, including Dirt-Cheap Gardening and Bugs, Slugs & Other Thugs.. Hart lives in Washington state.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Whys, Whats, and How-Tos of Making Food Grow Up
1 It's Time to Grow Up!
2 Making the Most of Materials
3 Traditional Techniques: Tepees and Trellises
4 Not-So-Traditional Tricks: Hanging, Stacking, Towering, and More

Part II: Vertical Annual Vines
5 Beans
6 Peas
7 Tomatoes
8 Cucumbers
9 Squash and Gourds
10 Melons
11 Sweet Potatoes

Part III: Fine Perennial Fruits
12 Blackberries
13 Raspberries
14 Strawberries
15 Grapes
16 Kiwis
17 The Essentials of Espalier

Appendix 1: A Note on Recommended Varieties
Appendix 2: Direct Seeding
Appendix 3: Growing Your Own Seedlings
Appendix 4: Hardening Off Tender Transplants

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leslie obrien, July 26, 2012 (view all comments by leslie obrien)
Both creative and useful, "Vertical Vegetables and Fruit" has become one of three books I turn to regularly while plotting and planting my garden. I've learned that I put far too much soil around many of my plants that much prefer the freedom to climb. I've also found new uses for old items I've been reluctant to clog the landfill with. I look forward to continuing to grow vertical as I search my home and garage sales for unique ideas to keep my garden interesting.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781603429986
Author:
Hart, Rhonda Massingham
Publisher:
Storey Publishing
Subject:
Vegetables
Subject:
Gardening-Vegetable
Subject:
Gardening-Fruit
Subject:
GARDENING / Techniques
Subject:
Gardening : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.75 x 7.5 in

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Limited Space and Little Time to Garden? Try Growing Your Food Up

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
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