Growing Vertically with the Mittleider Gardening Method
Growing vertically is one of the keys of a successful Mittleider Garden. vertical growth allows for more plants to grow in a smaller area. This year’s garden literally has twice as many plants in the same area as last year’s garden. As you can see the garden is coming along nicely.
Today I added the bailing string to support the plants as they grow taller. The bailing string angles out on each side of the bed allowing more sunlight and airflow around the plants. It also spaces them out so pruning and harvesting are easier.
I need to add the verticals on the third bed. Originally I was going to make this entire row bell peppers, which do not require vertical support because they grow as bushes. Instead I planted half the row with cucumber and squash. You can see that they are already reaching for the sky.
I won’t be able to put the normal 4×4 posts in at this point because they should be 18 inches into the ground. I can’t dig those kinds of holes at this point without disrupting what’s already growing very nicely. I’ll take some pictures of what I come up with. It will be an interesting experiment in deviation from the Mittleider Gardening Method. As with any recipe, I know deviation will affect results. But at this point I am certain the results with a modified vertical system will be better than they would be if I do nothing.
Many of the Tomatoes already have blooms and a few have fruit forming. I am really looking forward to the harvest from this row! As you can see from this picture the tomato plants are pruned. Pruning helps with production. You can learn more about how and when to prune your vegetable plants in the Mittleider Gardening Course.
The pole beans are looking fantastic and the eggplant look pretty good too considering that they survived a sheep invasion shortly after planting and then were attacked by some leaf-eating bug. I solved the sheep problem but reinforcing the fence with an electric wire. I solved the bug problem with a little Diatomaceous earth. You can get it at most garden centers and even big box stores like Home Depot. I have found the best price at Amazon.com if you have prime shipping is free. It is a fantastic organic product for getting rid of unwanted garden pests.
If you are interested in growing vertically, I highly recommend the Mittleider Gardening Course. You can get it and other Mittleider Gardening supplies at growfood.com
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