When executing your survival garden it is important to get creative with what resources you have access to. Whether you have a 100 acre plot of land or a 10 foot balcony to work with, implementing some of these tricks will help optimize your garden.
Simply put, vertical gardening is the practice of growing certain vegetables up some kind of support whether then letting them spread out on the ground. Growing these plants vertically saves space and generally promotes more vigorous growth. In addition, it will limit soil-borne diseases, rotten fruit, and mildew by increasing air circulation.
What Vegetables Can be Grown Vertically?
One of the most popular plants grown vertically are tomatoes. They can be grown with tomato cages or staked up. Cucumbers, as well as many types of vining beans can be trained to climb up a trellis, arbor, fence or stakes. An inclined trellis can be used to grow some small varieties of cantaloupe, pumpkin, and melons. Passion fruit, grapes, jasmine, honeysuckle, blackberries and raspberries can also be grown vertically.
Ideas for Growing Vertically
You can get creative with many different types of material such as pallets, gutters, chicken wire, chain link fence, teepees made from sticks, you name it.
#2 Mix It Up
Interplanting compatible crops will save space and compliment one another. Consider the Native American "three sisters" - corn, beans and squash. Sturdy corn stalks support the pole beans while squash grow freely on the ground. Other compatible combinations include tomatoes, basil and onions; leaf lettuce and peas or brassicas; carrots, onions, and radishes; and beets and celery.
#3 Don't Throw It Out
Many vegetables after being harvested and used in the kitchen can be regrown from scraps. This list includes leeks, spring onions, fennel, lemongrass, romaine lettuce, celery, bok toy, cabbage, ginger and potatoes just to name a few.
How to Regrow
Each of these vegetables from scraps vary, but generally speaking you want to place the white rooted plants in small containers with shallow water on a window sill. The roots need to be in the water but don't submerge the entire plant. After several days you should begin to see roots and leaves sprouting, once this occurs you want to transplant to soil. And bam you're regrowing table scraps, how about that!