If you’ve been trying to grow a vegetable garden in a small apartment or backyard without much success, a vertical vegetable garden could be the answer. Vertical vegetable gardens offer several advantages to the urban gardener; you can maximize your space, pick your soil, and grow more vegetables. They can also be an attractive addition to a bare wall or fence.

I love the satisfaction of picking and cooking a homegrown zucchini but had to give up my raised bed garden when I moved into an apartment. Once I learned how to grow a vertical vegetable garden, I could have that same joy of gardening even without a backyard. If you, too, want to grow anywhere, vertical vegetable gardens could be the solution for you.

What is a Vertical Vegetable Garden?

What is a Vertical Vegetable Garden

A vertical vegetable garden is one in which everything is grown upwards. Simply put, plants grow towards the sky, rather than across the ground. Whether they’re in cages, on a trellis, or growing up a fence, vining and spreading plants can be grown without hogging up all your garden space.

What You’ll Need to Grow a Vertical Vegetable Garden

What You’ll Need to Grow a Vertical Vegetable Garden

You can grow a vertical vegetable garden in something as simple as a one-liter soda bottle with the top cut off. However, even the simplest of vertical vegetable gardens require materials.

A planter box, raised garden bed, or other containers

Important Safety Note When Choosing a Container

Plants or seeds

Soil

Vertical structures

Step-by-Step: Growing a Vertical Vegetable Garden

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Once you’ve done all the research, it’s time to get started growing your vertical vegetable garden!

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Now Get Growing!

Now that you’ve installed your vertical vegetable garden you can watch as your plants grow, and eventually harvest your garden’s bounty. There’s nothing like sitting down to fresh-baked butternut squash dusted with cinnamon and announcing,“I grew this!”

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