Vertical gardens may seem like a fad, but it is popular for good reason. Even when you have a good sized garden space to use, there are great benefits to growing your veggies off the ground. We’ve found that squash in particular does much better when it’s up off the ground. No rotten spots for us, please!
Learn more about the benefits of Vertical Garden in the book Vertical Vegetable Gardening by Chris McLaughlin.
Usually, we are careful to plant our climbing and vining plants where they are close to the fence or trellis. We save bush forms for the middle of the garden. This year, however, a seed swap means that I got some mystery squash seeds which turned out to be huge vining plants. These plants are already as long as my husband is tall in some places.
We put up some temporary, makeshift vertical structures for the vine to climb but one might call it shabby. Even red neck. I wanted to make something simple but also a little better looking. So we set out to assemble a teepee structure that would support the weight of the heavy vines. No flimsy bamboo sticks here – we headed out to Lowe’s to pick up some quality stakes.
Inside with the home goods we found these sturdy stakes precut 1″x1/2″ and 8 feet tall. We bought the prepackaged bundle of six. Organizing three into a tripod form we first tied those three together. Then we added the other three stakes, evenly spaced in the gaps, and continued wrapping the rope around the tops to secure the stakes.
Squash vines have the ability to support themselves with these cool tendrils. They will actually respond to pressure when something touches them, and if you help them wrap around the stake and then each other, they will begin to twine around themselves.
In this case, we’d waited a little too long, and the extra weight of the already-developing fruit meant it was easier to tie these larger stems to the support. We will put a few strands of rope around the teepee structure at three different heights as well to give the vines an easier foothold to clamber their way to fresh air and freedom.
This DIY Vertical Garden Structure cost less than $25 and took only 15 minutes to assemble. If you have any climbing vines in your garden – peas, beans, squash, etc., you will definitely want to take advantage of this inexpensive but brilliant tutorial.
If you want more ideas for your home and garden be sure to check out the Lowe’s Creative Inspirations magazine, website, Pinterest board and Facebook page to see what other Lowe’s Creators have come up with. Each month I’m given a general theme and a gift card for supplies to create useful content for my readers. Ideas and photos are completely original.
What would you grow vertically in your garden?