3 Secrets to a High Yielding Vertical Garden
Vertical Gardening Quiz
Do you know three secrets for producing the highest yields possible in your vertical garden?
Take this quick quiz to find out the answers.
WHAT IS THE BEST SOIL DEPTH?
A) Vegetable plants growing vertically can produce the highest yields with just 6” deep topsoil. Giving them deeper soil is not needed.
B) To get the highest yields possible per square foot, give your trellised plants 12-18” deep topsoil, as most of them have massive root systems.
B) Give your plants as deep of topsoil as possible (up to 18”). The amount of food that a plant can produce is directly correlated with the size of its root system. The larger the root system, the greater the harvest. Most trellised vegetables have massive root systems, and will greatly benefit from deeper soil.
WHAT IS THE BEST SPACING?
A) Give your trellised plants more elbow room, such as giving your butternut squash plant at least 8 square feet of garden space to grow in. This will increase your yields.
B) To increase your harvest, space your trellised plants very close together, such as giving your butternut squash plant just 2 square feet of garden space to grow in.
A) The roots of many squash and melon plants can easily reach 20-30 feet across, given good quality soil. Even a single pea plant can have roots 3 feet across. It’s a mistake to try to squeeze these large plants into tiny spaces. Overcrowding your plants can actually reduce your harvest and produce less per square foot.
WHAT IS THE BEST TRELLIS SIZE?
A) Using standard commercial trellises about 4 feet high and 2 feet wide will help you fit more plants in a small garden to increase yields.
B) Vigorous and high-yielding trellised plants often require large trellises at least 3-4 feet wide and 6-7 feet tall in order to produce well.
B) The larger and more vigorous the plant and the more leaves it has, the more food the plant can produce and the higher the quality. I’ve discovered that my yields greatly increase when I give my plants more room on the trellis.
So, how did you do? Did you correctly guess all 3 secrets?
If so, congratulations! You'll have an awesome vertical garden!
If you missed some answers, you'll be able to improve your yields by using all 3 secrets.
How much food can you produce in a small 4'x4' vertical garden?
Every garden is different, but I've been able to harvest up to:
- 100 pounds of tomatoes (over 30 quarts), OR
- 7 watermelon and 20 pounds of summer squash, OR
- 17 butternut squash (40 pounds or 1 bushel)