Here is a great article from Mother Earth News.
Vertical Gardening Techniques for Maximum Returns - Organic Gardening - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
It really makes me excited for spring to get here so I can get out in the garden and get started! Yes, I know, winter is only 2 days old.....but I know that January is coming and spring planting time will be nipping at it's heels!
I'm going to start planning the planting layout for my garden beds soon!
Here are my boys with some of the early radishes from the garden the year before last!
This is a very simple plan for making a raised bed. You just buy 3 untreated cedar boards 8 or 10 feet long by 8-12 inches wide. Cut one in half and use long nails to attach the four pieces together. I dug up all of the sod where I was going to place the frame. We ordered garden soil and filled the beds with a mix of garden soil, compost and composted chicken and steer manure. I have an easy method for composting all of my non-cooked, non-meat, kitchen waste, which I will write a post about later. :-)
I also have a bed along the fence behind the raised beds that has raspberries, blueberries, rhubarb, and strawberries. We also have an Italian Plum tree, a Liberty Apple Tree, a grafted apple tree with 4 or 5 different grafts, a grafted pear with 4 grafts, and an Asian Pear tree. I'm considering possibly putting in a filbert tree this spring (if I can make room) as well as more blueberries.
When you have a small space to garden in, I agree with Mother Earth News that growing vertically can be a way to expand your garden bounty and make the best use of your space! I have used a trellis of sorts with my peas and beans made out of stakes and hemp twine.
But I really like the idea of