Garden & Greenhouse October 2017 Issue - Page 45

Vertical Vegetable Gardening OK, so it’s not raised beds in the strictest sense, but when gardening space is at a pre- mium, you need to think laterally – or vertically. Why not use pallets upright against a wall, ex- periment with trellises or fences on your bal- cony, or construct a basic A-frame or tepee for climbing beans and sweet peas? Building a verti- cal vegetable garden is not only a great way to maximize the use of space; you can also use it to make a real statement in your garden. Use Grow Bags, Planters or Pots Finally, if DIY is not your idea of fun, no problem. Get a grow bag from your garden cen- ter – literally a bag of compost that you slit a hole into and plant your seedlings straight in. It couldn’t be easier. Containers may not strictly count as raised beds, but they fulfi l the same purpose and may be a more adaptable solution for your space, particularly if your garden is small or non-existent. Simply fi ll a large planter with compost, or improvise with quirky containers such as defunct Butler sinks, garden troughs, wooden boxes, buckets, colorful plastic garden trugs or heavy duty burlap sacks, and off you go. GG Mike James is an independent writer that specializes in houseplants. He wrote this piece in conjunction with Totally Plants October 2017 45