Weldon Burge

Publisher/Full-Time Editor/Freelance Writer

Bullets and Butterflies

Gardening How-To: Vertical Veggies

May 8, 2010

Tags: garden design, vegetable gardening, Gardening How-To magazine, vertical gardening

The May/June issue of Gardening How-To magazine contains my article, "Up, Up and Away," about vertical vegetable gardening. This makes two consecutive issues containing my material, and this time I received top billing on the cover. Way cool! Once again, the editor, Amy Sitze, and her staff have done a superb job formatting and illustrating the article. (See my earlier blog, Gardening How-To: Colorful Cauliflower.)



Here is a short online sidebar, Grow Up!, that provides a list of some of the varieties I recommend for growing on trellises.

I've been growing vegetables vertically for years, but, as I wrote this article for Gardening How-To, I decided to totally maximize my garden this year. I've added vertical structures to three of my six raised beds (two already had fencing). This growing season, I'll be trying a number of varieties I've never grown before, so this is something of an experiment for me. But, hey, that's half the fun of gardening. (The other half, of course, is eating the fresh veggies!)

Here are some pictures from the garden, earlier this season.







I'll post more photos in the coming months as the garden begins to fill and produce. In the meantime, I'd love to hear from other gardeners who have had great success at vertical gardening. Share with us!

SELECTED WORKS

SMART RHINO PUBS
A Smart Rhino Publications anthology of suspense stories.
A collection of five horror/suspense stories by Weldon Burge.
GARDEN WRITING
This Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin provides practical advice about growing peppers.