Versatile vertical veggies

Great climbers: Tromboncino zucchinis growing along a fence. Photo: Wink Lindsay.

Great climbers: Tromboncino zucchinis growing along a fence. Photo: Wink Lindsay.

One of the regular comments I hear from gardeners is that they are limited by space. Not everyone has a huge backyard, so what is the solution? Grow upwards of course! What veggies can you grow vertically? Just about everything!

Climbing beans and cherry tomatoes immediately spring to mind, but did you know that cucumbers and even pumpkins can be grown vertically?

What you need to remember when choosing your variety is to select the climbing or sprawling types.

Beans, snow peas, mouse melons and perennial vines such as grapes or chokos have tendrils that anchor themselves to the support.

Other plants such as cherry tomatoes, malabar spinach, tromboncino zucchini and cucumbers can need a bit of extra help.

I use strips of old cotton t-shirts or sisal twine as garden ties, both can be composted at the end of the season.

Larger fruiting varieties such as pumpkins, spaghetti squash and watermelons may need extra support towards ripening. Mesh or string bags can be used as slings.

Creating tee-pees with stakes or poles can be done directly in the ground or using several large pots.

The larger prunings that you can't chip or compost can also be used as garden stakes.

Utilising mesh panels to create archways are a fabulous and inexpensive way to grow 'upwards'.

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