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

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  243 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
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, dis
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Rodale Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kristina Seleshanko
Jun 22, 2015 Kristina Seleshanko rated it liked it
Like so many gardening books, this one has a premise that really could be summed up in a single magazine article or blog post: Growing plants upwards, instead of letting them sprawl on the ground. The idea is certainly a space saving one - and has added benefits such as less tilling or conditioning of the soil. The author even claims that vegetables grown in this manner taste better - perhaps because more of the leaves get good sun exposure. The two best chapters give examples and how-tos for go ...more
Elisabeth
Jul 03, 2012 Elisabeth rated it it was ok
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.
Tanja
Oct 17, 2015 Tanja rated it liked it
Another book I wish I could give 3.5 stars too. Lots of helpful information. Fell nods to multiple gardening trends and incorporates them into his vertical approach to gardening. My only complaint I would say was that it was redundant in places (i.e., repeating the benefits of vertical gardening in pest control, etc.). The sketches of kinds of trellises were especially helpful.
Heather
Mar 16, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
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
Jan 25, 2012 Aysha rated it liked it
Shelves: gardening
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. Lovelyn Bettison
Jun 21, 2013 H. Lovelyn Bettison rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 14, 2012 Erin Stuhlsatz rated it it was ok
Shelves: food
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
Jun 04, 2012 Meghan rated it really liked it
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
Jun 27, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 25, 2013 Tim Beckenham rated it liked it
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
May 29, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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!!
Allie
Sep 28, 2011 Allie rated it really liked it
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
Dec 17, 2013 Rosemary rated it really liked it
Shelves: eco-politics
Comprehensive plant list included. Vegetable spaghetti and asparagus beans sound good!
Alexandrea
Jan 25, 2013 Alexandrea rated it it was amazing
5 stars for being VERY useful and instructive as well as enjoyable to read.
Beverly
Apr 02, 2013 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardening
can't wait to try out the great looking frames to hold up my plants
Naomi
Apr 15, 2012 Naomi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gardening
Good information. Worth another read someday.
David McNally
Sep 01, 2013 David McNally rated it really liked it
I am motivated to plan vertical for next spring!
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