Learn all about vertical gardening, which is becoming more popular as yards get smaller and horizontal space gets more scarce.
Pre-made trellises or stakes are a valuable aid in vertical gardening and are available at home or garden centers. Tomato cages, made from wire, are perfect for tomato vines, beans and other garden vegetables.
Some plants climb on their own and some require some "encouragement" by tying with string or twist-ties. "Twining" vines like morning glory are easy to train to a trellis or stake. You can buy stakes or pre-made trellises, or you can make them yourself. One of the fastest and easiest trellises to make requires no more than three bamboo poles and wire.
But staking plants in your garden in springtime means you may have a few weeks of visible -- perhaps unsightly -- stakes. The effort will save many headaches throughout the rest of the growing season, however, and your plants will eventually stand tall and proud.
Stakes with natural looking materials, such as branches and bamboo, fit better visually with garden plants than metal and wooden stakes.
This simple trellis offers great support for any lightweight vining plant. Heavier bamboo stakes can also be sought out if you want to apply the same principle to heftier vines and climbing plants.
Adding sand to clay soil is a common practice, but it's not always helpful. Though your intent may be to separate and loosen hard-packed soil, you may end up essentially making "concrete" instead. Make sure you use the best methods for creating the perfect mix for healthy garden soil.
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Growing Cucumbers Vertically
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Any gardening enthusiast can use his or her gardening skills to benefit others in their community. Here are some basic tips and guidelines.
Easier Gardening for Seniors
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Vertical Gardening With Tomatoes
Growing tomatoes up rather than out is probably the most popular vertical gardening technique of all. Here are two tried and true ways.
Tips for a Raised-Bed Vegetable Garden
Raised-bed vegetable gardening takes very little space and allows vegetables to be grown closer together.
Learn about some of the unusual but effective practices of organic gardening.
Shade Gardening Tips
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Organic Garden Additives
Instead of using store-bought chemicals, organic gardeners take a simpler approach to fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides. Effective versions of each can be mixed up using ingredients already close at hand and a basic kitchen blender.
Tips for Putting Together a Garden Workshop
This guide serves as a starting point for designing the ultimate backyard gardening workshop.
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