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Can I grow my squash up? 9 Replies

I am thining of growing squash on my tomato cages this year. Except for the heavy weight of the veggies- I can't think of any reason this won't work. I plan to net the veggies as they grow. Has…Continue

Started by Debbie Graham. Last reply by Heather Gill Mar 19, 2013.


At my local recycling center, I found two large sections of this cattle/hog fencing. My husband and I anchored it into the ground with rebar and plastic strapping. We formed an arch so the vines…Continue

Tags: deer, containers, deterent, vertically, recycling

Started by LARK (Wi. zone 5). Last reply by Heather Gill Mar 19, 2013.

Stackable grow pots for Strawberries 24 Replies

My mom told me about Verti-gro system, but I want to use my own soil and my well for watering.  I just need the right container that will allow for many plants in small space. Any ideas?Continue

Started by Wendy Hime. Last reply by Vicky Myers Apr 17, 2012.

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Comment by Max Green on March 7, 2013 at 12:43am

The Tower Garden growing the lettuce in the photo below is well made, easy to assemble, and works great, but it is a little pricey at $500.

Here are a couple of cheaper alternatives:

1. This Youtube video shows a DIY tower made from a length of 5" fence-post pvc and a 5-gallon plastic bucket:

2. The Garden Stick utilizes a pvc cylinder into which holes have been drilled, but the system requires the cylinder to be filled with soil. It is much cheaper, starting at less than $100, but it is not a hydroponic or aeroponic system like the Tower Garden. You can take a look at it in the video here

Comment by LARK (Wi. zone 5) on March 6, 2013 at 9:19pm

I tried vertical gardening in a HEAVY DUTY CANVAS SHOE CADDY, the kind you hang on a door. I won't do that again. It dried out way to fast and I wasn't about to put a drip irrigation system on it. The pockets were really to small for herbs or flowers. Maybe succulents would work much better. This LETTUCE TOWER below is very kool.  I do other vertical gardening with cattle/hog fencing, old gazebos and a couple bed head boards. I love to recycle!

Comment by Candi Kleis Maldonado on November 15, 2012 at 12:03pm

Rose, that looks so yummy!  How does it work?

Comment by Rose in Santa Barbara, CA on November 13, 2012 at 8:40am

I'm growing my veggies in a Tower Garden. No soil, no hassles, and its totally easy.

Comment by Heather Gill on October 13, 2012 at 9:18pm

I'm sorry as well Kay.  I'm sure you have found new ideas!?!

Comment by Glenda Truscott z8 on June 16, 2012 at 7:57pm

Sorry about your linen strawberry hanger.  I thought it was such a great idea.  I put some strawberries in hanging baskets this year and I think I will do a lot more next year because the slugs can't get to them.  I hope.  I saw a lady at the nursery today who had six big 10 inch hanging pots of strawberries in her shopping cart.  They were way to expensive.  I can make my own so much cheaper.

Comment by Beth Knight on June 16, 2012 at 9:29am

Kay, I wondered how long the linen would hold up but I'm sure you ahd fun with it while it lasted.  My nursery has them on their inside wall of the green house filled with house plants...I'm keeping an eye on them to see how long they hold up but I think they lined them with plastic of some kind with drainage at the bottom...I've never seen them wet and I go there often.

Comment by Kay Zone9a/TX on June 16, 2012 at 8:31am

My strawberry wall disintegrated.  It appears that linen shoe bags are only good for a few months, and cannot take the abuse the elements dish out.  I guess I will just have to break out the $$$ for one designed for the purpose if I really want to be a vertical gardener. 

Comment by Glenda Truscott z8 on June 4, 2012 at 5:11pm

Please let us know Heather.

Comment by Heather Gill on June 4, 2012 at 3:40pm

I'm not sure if stacking tires as my potatoes counts as vertical gardens but I am amazed at how tall they are getting.  I add a tire and fill with soil/compost and they just keep growing.  I'm excited to see what I find during harvest!


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