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Growing Zucchini Vertically!

Today I moved my zucchini from the greenhouse to the garden and I have to admit I am more excited about zucchini this year than most.  To be honest, I don’t really love zucchini. We grow it because it is good for you, is super versatile and has high yields which makes if fun for the kids to grow.  Anyways, the reason that I am so excited is that I am going to try to grow it vertically this year.  There are a couple of reasons for this so let me explain.

First, zucchini takes up quite a bit of space in the garden so growing it vertically would be a great space saver in my little garden.  Remember my garden is only 124 square feet and there are lots of things planned for that space this year.

The second reason is that last year there was some kind of creature that ate my zucchini blossoms.  I got these big beautiful blossoms that were then eaten during the night.  I would wake up in the morning and all the blossoms were gone. I never have figured out what was eating them. 😦 I think that growing off the grounds should solve this.

The third, and possibly most important reason, is because I just really want to grow it vertically :).  I am determined this year to see what I can grown vertically and zucchini seems like it will be very doable.  This should be easier than the vertical sugar baby watermelons I am attempting to grow.

So here is where I am at so far. My little seedlings are about 4 inches tall and when I transplanted them today I planted them each at the bottom of a 6 foot wooden garden stake.  My intention is to loosely tie it to the stake every 6 inches as it grows.  I read on another blog that it is best to remove the leaves below the zucchini and only keep leaves at the top end of the vine. This means removing all the leave between the zucchini and the ground.  Here is the link for the website that explains pruning zucchini perfectly.  I also love how easy it makes it to see the zucchini growing.  Obviously, I am not even near this point yet, but that is where I am headed.  If you want to go on this journey with me now is the time as your zucchini plants are still likely very small.  So go ahead, put a stake in next to your zucchini and let’s grow our zucchini up, up, up!

Have you ever tried to do this before?  What veggies have you grown vertically?  I would love to hear about your adventures in vertical gardening.  

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Vertical Gardening

As I am sure you can tell from my last couple of posts, I am getting really excited about my garden this year.  One of the biggest struggles in my garden is having enough space for everything that I want to grow.  Not only is my yard rather small, but I have  limited spaces that get the amount of sun that a garden needs.  Well thanks to my wonderful husband, I will be able to grow many more things in my garden this year.  Yesterday, he emailed me a link with some innovative ways to re-purpose things that many of us have around the house.  Many of them were great ideas, but there was one that I feel like I just have to share.   One of the ideas was to use gutters (yes, like the ones on your house) as planters.  By using these as planters you can easily expand your garden upwards.  It will also save you a lot of money compared to if you were buying standard planter boxes for the same purpose.  Vertical gardening is such a wonderful space-saving idea.  So here how it works.  You get some old gutters and nail them to the side of your shed (or your house if you want to).  I was also thinking that they could easily be attached to a fence or anything else that will hold them.  Then you use them as planters for all the smaller stuff that you grow in the garden. This is great for herbs, lettuce, spinach, just about anything that does not need to much space to grow.  Before you hang them, add a few additional holes with your drill to the bottom of the gutter to help provide a little extra drainage.  The other cool thing about this is that you can paint the gutters any color you want.  I am going to paint mine to match the new shed we are putting in this summer.  Hope this inspired you to get an early start on your garden and begin thinking about new ways that you can use your space.  Let’s face it, whether you have a 100 acres or 1 acre, with a little planning and creativity you can create and yummy, healthy and money saving garden.  Happy gardening!

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