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

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Rodale, Apr 26, 2011 - Gardening - 384 pages
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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 soil--by 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 Gardening features 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.


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User Review  - 041974 -

Id borrowed this book from the library and knew its value. Delivery was very fast. Condition of book was excellent. Read full review

perfect gardening book

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Its a great book on how to do vertical gardening good info and wonderful photos. i shall pass this book on to my friends also Read full review


What is a Vertical Garden?
choosing a Site and Preparing the Soil
arbors arches Pergolas and trellises
Planters and Supports
containers and hanging Planters
Seed Starting and Propagating
controlling Pests and diseases
Vegetables for Vertical Gardens
fruits for Vertical Gardens
ornamental annual Vines
ornamental Perennial and Woody Vines
designing with ornamental Vines
about the author

controlling Weeds Watering
fertilizing and Pruning

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About the author (2011)

DEREK FELL is a writer and photographer. His garden, art, and travel books have more than 2.5 million copies in print, and his photo library numbers more than 150,000 images. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, at historic Cedaridge Farm, where he cultivates an award-winning garden of flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

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