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Good for small spaces or for increasing your yield in your existing garden; instructable here.

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I've grown just about every garden vegetable vertically, a great way in Florida to reduce fungus infections. Cukes, beans, squash, tomatoes, even watermelon (I suspended the melons in panyhose.)
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Yep, vertical is how I do my peas, beans, cukes, vining tomatoes, squash, and most of my melons. If it "vines", it goes vertical, except for the butternut squash or pumpkin that I plant in with my corn and beans in the "three sisters" method. That way, I have the REST of the planting space for my OTHER "crops". (and old pantyhose "hammocks" for melons and larger squash are the BEST!)
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Just as an example... back in 2007, I tried an experiment. I took a 55 gal plastic drum, from a Cheese Factory, and cut it in half. I now have 2 half barrels. Connected a nylon square grid trellis to my existing 4 line clothes line. Evenly spaced the 2 half barrels under the 4 line clothes line set-up.

Each 1/2 barrel was planted with 4 seeds. Total of 8 seeds of cantaloupe melon. They trailed up the trellis and took full advantage of the 4 line clothes line as a canopy, of sorts. Used ladies nylons as SLINGS for the growing/riping fruit.

I harvested over 50+ Cantaloupe (8 seeds) from that 1st experiment. I haven't tried it since.... only because I wanted to PROVE it can be done. (cantaloupe was my mother's favorite treat, and she is no longer alive. I did it for her)

I will be the 1st to admit... it was HIGH MAINTENANCE to sling all those fruits with the nylons..... BUT..... each barrel took, MAYBE.... a 2ftx2ft of yard space. Sure did make mowing/weeding a BREEZE!!!!

For those living in a tiny city lot, with very limited space.... THIS WAS PERFECT!!!!


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