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How to use Fencing for Vertical Growing

Posted on July 01,2020 by Charlie Stimpson.

Garden design has recently seen a trend towards vertical growing. It’s easy to see why: why enclose your garden with fences or walls when you could have extra growing space, and lush green borders? Don’t dismiss fences as simple boundary markers; they can be used for the vertical growing trend very successfully.

Why is it a Good idea to Use Fencing for Vertical Growing?

Vertical growing is a great way of saving space in your garden, especially if you only have a small garden. It can also minimise pests and disease on food crops. Furthermore, vertical growing can also give easy access to those who find it difficult to kneel to tend a traditional garden. Oh, and vertical growing looks great, too!

How to Build a Vertical Garden on a Fence

There are several ways that you can build a vertical garden on a fence. Certain types of garden fencing and trellis panels lend themselves well to vertical growing - for example trellis panels and fence panels with trellis toppers, or decorative fence panels which have small gaps for the plants to climb against - as the plants are naturally able to climb these types of fencing easily.

However, don’t let this limit you. If you already have fencing in place which does not allow for such easy climbing, you can easily modify it using thin wire for your plants to hold onto, a trellis topper or a capping rail.

Alternatively, a simple way to create a vertical garden is to attach a plethora of hanging baskets to your fencing and allowing your flowers and vegetables to trail out of them. You can even purchase sheets of fabric pockets or a modular vertical growing which can be hung on the fence panels to house alpines, ferns, small flowers and vegetables for a living wall look and feel.

There really is no right or wrong way of building a vertical garden so whether you choose flowers which easily creep their way towards the sky or would rather fix hanging baskets and trugs to your fencing for tumbling plants, both work well.

What Vegetables Grow well Vertically?

There are many vegetables that grow well vertically. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Squashes
  • Melons
  • Cucumbers

Vegetables in the squash family, for example pumpkins and butternut squashes, like to grow against garden fencing, as their tendrils can reach upwards and help them to grow towards the sunlight. Beans and peas like to grow vertically, and without the support of garden fencing will often require a support such as bamboo canes instead. Growing vegetables vertically against garden fencing therefore avoids having to add additional structures within your garden.

Can you Grow Tomatoes on a Fence?

Yes, tomatoes can be grown vertically too! Favourites with many a beginner vegetable gardener and popular with children too, traditionally tomatoes tend to be thought of a bush. There are varieties, however, such as indeterminate or vining tomatoes which grow from the tip of the vine. These will grow against any vertical structure, including along wires added to a fence or trellis.

Alternatively, adding hanging baskets to a fence is a great way to grow tumbling cherry tomatoes.

Need more Advice on Growing Vegetables Vertically? Talk to D&G Fencing.

Ready to add some vertical growing into your garden design? Get in touch with D&G Fencing. We can install fencing which will help your plants to grow vertically against it or adapt what you already have using trellis toppers or a vertical growing system. Coupled with our expertise in landscape gardening and garden design, we can create the perfect vertical garden within your outdoor space. Get in touch today and grow upwards!