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

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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, di ...more
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Published April 26th 2011 by Rodale (first published January 1st 2011)
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Elisabeth
A bit repetitions (okay, a lot) but I gleaned some good information. I'm excited to grow climbing spaghetti squash next year!!

I'll be honest...I totally skipped the end chapters about decorative vines. I. Do. Not. Care.
Heather
It is a good book but it contains a lot of information that I would consider good for beginner gardeners. It would be a great book for beginners. Although I did find good info on vertical gardening. He also tends to repeat himself sometimes through out the book. so I found myself skimming a fair bit.
Aysha
I was disappointed, having heard the author interviewed on "You Bet Your Garden." Was expecting more pictures, particularly of ideas for vertical gardening in more extreme climates. Far too many of his photos are of adorable English cottage gardens, which are lovely, but difficult to transfer to my hot and drought-ridden Oklahoma garden. I don't need another set of instructions on how to build a raised bed or compost pile. The author gives recommendations for vegetable varieties appropriate for ...more
H. Bettison
This book was quite informative. I've been trying to figure out the best way to use the limited space in my yard to grow vegetables and vertical gardening could very well be the solution.

The book clearly explains how to support vertical vining plants with techniques like trellises, arches, and netting. It also has a list of plants that you can grow vertically and what zones they grow in. It divides the plants into vegetables, fruits, and ornamentals. The book also explains how to compost and ho
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Erin Stuhlsatz
Whenever I hear the word "gardening", I always think "vegetable gardening". I have a really hard time understanding why people like to grow things they can't eat. It's a failing of mine, I know.

I was very disappointed by this book because only half of it was about things you can eat. That is approximately 100% less food gardening than I wanted. There also wasn't anything really new. The pictures were pretty, though.
Meghan
Great resource - trying a few different trellising techniques b/c of this book. Contains a comprehensive list of edibles and ornamentals for trellising, good info on building your own trellises, as well as helpful time and money-saving techniques. Plenty of photographs but I wish they were all colour instead of mostly black and white.
Rachel
Wonderful book. Great list of foods and other plants that can be grown using trellises of one sort or another. I appreciated the additional personal comments added to some of the plants Derek added to this book.

I borrowed this from the library and now have to get it for my home collection so I can start marking it up.
Tim Beckenham
Good book. Great source of ideas, but as said for this book, it is very repetitive. Would've liked more illustrations, particularly about garden design, optimising sunlight
Kelly
Great garden ideas that I need to try out especially his Skyscraper system. I know I can put something like this in my own raised beds this summer!!
Tina
VERY informative! I got this from the library to read and I am definitely interested in buying it so I can have it as a reference book.
Allie
I've got so many ideas for next year, and, although I took copious notes, I'll definitely have to check it out from the library again.
Rosemary
Comprehensive plant list included. Vegetable spaghetti and asparagus beans sound good!
Alexandrea
5 stars for being VERY useful and instructive as well as enjoyable to read.
Beverly
can't wait to try out the great looking frames to hold up my plants
Naomi
Good information. Worth another read someday.
David McNally
I am motivated to plan vertical for next spring!
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