Vertical Gardening Grow Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space

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  • Copyright: 2011-04-26
  • Publisher: Rodale Books
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The biggest mistake gardeners make each season is starting out too big and then quickly realizing their large plot requires too much weeding, watering, and backbreaking labor. Vertical gardening guarantees a better outcome from the day the trowel hits the soilby shrinking the amount of "floor" space needed and focusing on climbing plants that are less prone to insects, diseases, and animal pests. Notable author and gardener Derek Fell has tried and tested thousands of varieties of vegetables, flowers, and fruits and recommends the best plants for space-saving vertical gardening. His grow-up, grow-down system also shows which ground-level plants make good companions underneath and alongside climbing plants. Best of all, many of Fell's greatest climbers and mutually beneficial plants are available in seed packets in every local garden center. With a mix of DIY and commercially available string supports, trellises, pergolas, raised beds, skyscraper gardens, and topsy-turvy planters, the vertical garden system reduces work, increases yields, makes harvesting easier, and can be practiced in spaces as small as a container or a one-by-four-foot strip.Vertical Gardeningfeatures 100 color photos of the author's own vertical methods and showcases beautiful, troublefree perennials, shrubs, vegetables, annuals, and fruit perfect for this new, rewarding way to garden.

Author Biography

Derek Fell is a writer and photographer and the author of more than 100 books. He lives and gardens in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, at historic Cedaridge Farm, where he cultivates an award-winning garden of flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

Table of Contents

Vertical Gardening: The Sensible Way to Garden Effortlesslyp. iv
What Is a Vertical Garden?p. 1
Choosing a Site and Preparing the Soilp. 19
Arbors, Arches Pergolas, and Trellisesp. 27
Planters and Supportsp. 37
Containers and Hanging Plantersp. 61
Compostingp. 71
Seed Starting and Propagatingp. 83
Controlling Pests and Diseasesp. 103
Controlling Weeds, Watering, Fertilizing, and Pruningp. 123
Vegetables for Vertical Gardensp. 133
Fruits for Vertical Gardensp. 237
Ornamental Annual Vinesp. 261
Ornamental Perennial and Woody Vinesp. 285
Designing with Ornamental Vinesp. 343
Sourcesp. 356
About the Authorp. 358
Indexp. 359
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