Gardening Vertically: Fad, Emerging Frontier or Long-Overlooked Art Form

 


Article by: Steve Townsend

Sure, it makes sense that there's a buzz about vertical gardening-there are lots more of us to feed these days with much less productive land. "Let's make the best use of our diminishing resources," many are saying. And likely there are also those who dismiss vertical gardening , A Guide To Japanese Gardens as a fad. Mostly, though, I hear talk about increased yields. However, I suspect there are vertical gardeners like myself who have been surprised by another aspect we hadn't expected.

"Necessity is the mother of invention," is a cliché often quoted, and human food , Teak Furniture - A Cut Above The Rest requirements necessitate sponging-up sunlight at smaller and smaller focal points. My wife, Vicki, and I have a small yard, , Flower Gifts and somewhat out of necessity we began years ago building , All About Hybrid Tea Roses what began as rather makeshift trellises. Somewhere along our way, it had dawned on us that vining plants, , Teak Outdoor Furniture -- From the Forests to Ships to Your Patio such as cucurbits, those that produce melons, squash, cucumbers and pumpkins, are much like grape vines, their vines produce tendrils that secure to structures so they can climb as they grow. , Life's a Beach--A Shore Theme in your Outdoor Space

Commercial farmers still grow , A Guide To Japanese Gardens cucurbits on the ground, but home , Gardening Soil gardeners realized long ago that these vining plants , Gardening on a Budget are more adapted to growing , All About Hybrid Tea Roses upward. Of course, home , Building Liner Ponds gardeners support cucurbit vines on trellises of all sorts and have devised many ingenious, albeit awkward, means of providing support to heavy melons, pumpkins or squash while they are yet ripening and suspended.

We began to desire a more scientific and artistic approach to vertical gardening , and Flowers and to building , All About Hybrid Tea Roses a vertical garden , ing on a Budget structure. We searched in vain for a guidebook to how to , Gardening Soil build one that is both aesthetic and engineered to be vine-friendly, and finally resigned to sketching our own design , Teak Furniture - A Cut Above The Rest and years ago we built our first vertical garden , A Guide To Japanese s structure. As the next season , How To Design And Build A Fish Pond progressed, we were amazed to see squash and melon vines rise to heights over our heads.

Each year since, we have been delighted by astounding yields and our harvests of both heirlooms and hybrids (see photos at our website). We have harvested mouth-watering melons whose flavors are unmatched by the "store-boughts," and we store enough squash each year that it is mid-April before we cook and savor the last of our trophies. As pleasurable as it is to bite into these orbs of sweetness and palate sensation, though, there is another thrill exclusive to vertical gardening , Who Sells Flower Bulbs? that may eclipse these joys.

Vines grown vertically are artful all by themselves as they twist about and their tendrils reach and spiral. We've observed, though, that with a little pruning , Teak Furniture - A Cut Above The Rest and directional coaxing using garden , ing With Climbing Roses ties, they can be guided to achieve magnificent form and function. Each day of the growing season , Gardening and Flowers we can step over to our vertical garden , Have Fun and be Creative - Get the Look for Less to find wondrous surprises.

The magnificence of vines grown vertically tugs gently at our subtler nature , Patio Design and Patio Furniture - The Use of Focal Points until we begin to awaken to a certain glimpse of the sublime. The joys experienced when tending vines may be akin to what one feels when listening to corn grow , Gardening - What are Annuals and Biennials? during the hush of dawn. I 've fallen into awe sometimes while cultivating and coaxing vines to grow , A Guide To Japanese Gardens left or right or up or down to fill our garden , Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting structure. I am eager already for next season, , How to Decorate your Outdoor Space without Breaking the Bank when I will experiment again with varieties strange to me and surely be amazed anew.

©2005 Steven J. Townsend. All Rights Reserved.
Steve and Vicki Townsend share hundreds of vertical gardening , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 6 shortcuts and secrets in e-books you can download at http://www.gardensup.com.

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