In the garden with Urban Harvest: Veg out with vertical gardens in spring


[...] in backyard gardens and small farms, cucumbers can be grown up a trellis, which will allow better airflow through the leaves thus preventing disease; and fruit will be held off the ground away from bug predators and rot. [...] musk melons (including cantaloupe) and small watermelons also can be grown on trellises, thus using less garden space and enjoying the same benefits of cucumbers being grown off the ground. Instead of growing bush beans, which take up a lot of horizontal space and have issues with diseases caused by too much moisture, pole beans could be grown on trellises, with vines spaced properly to have good air movement to dry the leaves. [...] while pole beans are grown along the long edge of a bed, on a trellis that is placed about one foot into the bed, the rest of the bed can be used to grow edamame, black-eyed peas, crowder peas or even some bush beans. Many types of trellises can be created, from using bamboo and twine, to purchasing welded wire fencing or concrete remesh sheets that are 7 feet long and 3 feet wide.

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