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Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative Gardening Techniques for Growing Up in Small Spaces [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603427746
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 11/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 368,439
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Rhonda Massingham Hart is a master gardener and the author of Vertical Vegetables & Fruit, The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb, Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden, and Squirrel Proofing Your Home & 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.

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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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