Sometimes aggravation is the mother of invention. I have been gardening for over 10 years and really enjoy taking on new challenges such as growing pumpkins, squashes, watermelons and other vining fruits and vegetables. However, like everyone else, I am limited in space and got tired of stepping over my vines and watching my hard earned vegetables rot on the ground. Or worse yet, watch the wildlife eat them. (Have you been there?) So, I decided to grow vertically using cattle panels.
How am I going to grow vertically?
Just because I made the decision to grow vertically doesn’t mean I knew instantly how to do it. Of course, I turned to my go to source, YouTube.
I found a ton of information but unfortunately found it confusing. The videos didn’t specify what tools to use and the authors didn’t reply to my questions.
So, I decided to use cattle panels since it was the cheapest and strongest alternative to grow my vines vertically. I can’t tell you how many times we stared at the hardware aisle in Home Depot looking for the right tools to secure the trellis.
Did I mention, we couldn’t even figure out how to get the panels home!
Like everything in gardening, there is a learning curve.
The first year of vertical gardening I made a ton of mistakes and over estimated how fast the vines grew. The second year, I picked up more tricks. By the third year, I got much more confident and tried growing more vining plants.
I even tried to grow a tomato on a single stem up the trellis. (By the way, it works!)
Since I started I have grown:
- Morning Glory
- All different types of pumpkins and squashes (including spaghetti squash.)
- Green Beans (PS any bean will trellis even the bush beans.)
If it trails, you can grow it.
What did I notice from vertical gardening?
- The animals weren’t eating my veggies since that were not laying on the ground. I was using panty hose to protect them.
- I didn’t lose fruit or veggies from rotting since they no longer laid on the ground
- I could control the squash vine borer better since I didn’t have to hunt through all the different vines to see where those buggers were. (Um, I destroyed a ton of squash bug eggs as well.)
- I was much more productive in my yields since I had a better view of the vines.
- I didn’t accidentally step on the vines as much. You can step on them when you trellis if you don’t watch how fast they grow.
- My skin wasn’t torn up from the vines when I was constantly checking the leaves. I get a squash dermatitis.
- My garden was neater. I can’t work in chaos.
- And the list goes on.
Learn how to grow vertically without the learning curve:
So, I decided to create an e-course with six video modules on how to grow vertically using cattle panels.
Realize, you don’t have to use cattle panels. I like them since they are cheap and don’t rust. You can use a chain link fence too.
Before I explain the course, bear in mind it is for gardeners who grow their vegetables and fruits in the ground or raised beds. It isn’t for container gardeners.
What’s in the course:
The six modules consist of :
- Module 1: The Benefits of Using Trellises
- Module 2: How to Install a Trellis Properly and the proper tools to use.
- Module 3: Several Different Trellis Configurations
- Module 4: Different Types of Vegetable Support for the Trellis
and Best Practices When Using Supports
- Module 5: Go Through a Grow Season with Me.
- Module 6: Troubleshooting Problems When Growing Vertically
- Two Bonuses: 2 Group Telephone Conferences with Me.
The course is on its own website where you can access the videos and content anytime of the day.
Each video has multiple subsections focusing on a key concept within the module.
So, I ask you.
Why struggle with your garden?
To learn more go HERE. Once you go vertical, you will never grow conventionally again.