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Book Review - Vertical Vegetables and Fruit

Updated on October 6, 2012
Lean to grow your own veggies and fruit!
Lean to grow your own veggies and fruit! | Source

Are you a gardening enthusiast who just can’t find enough space for all of your growing needs? If so, learning how to grow “up” might just be the answer to the challenges you are facing. Reading Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creating Gardening Techniques for Growing Up by Rhonda Massingham Hart is a great way to find out how to do just that.

About Vertical Vegetables and Fruit

With the rising cost of food, it’s no surprise that more and more people want to start growing their own fruits and vegetables at home. However, finding enough room to plant and grow everything you want can be challenging. That’s where the idea of vertical garden comes in, and why this book can be such a helpful resource.

The book starts out with a clear, instructional explanation of the concept of vertical gardening. You’ll learn what vertical gardening is, how it can be beneficial and find out how to get started and succeed. The rest of the book focuses on growing instructions and information on two categories of plants best suited for vertical gardening: annual vines and perennial fruit plants.

Plants You'll Learn to Grow

Specific of the types of plants covered in the book include:

Annual Vines:

  • Beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Melons
  • Peas
  • Squash/Gourds
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes

Perennial Fruit

  • Blackberries
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

No matter what kinds of fruits and vegetables you like, there’s sure to be something covered in this book that you can enjoy growing and use in your kitchen to help make the most of your food budget.

Make the Most of Your Growing Space

It can be frustrating for gardeners who have small yards or who live in apartments or condominiums to find ways to grow more than just a few plants using traditional gardening techniques. Those who have larger spaces may also benefit from learning vertical gardening techniques because doing so will allow them to expand what they are doing.

Note: Special thanks to Storey Publishing for providing a review copy of this book.


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  • Kate Mc Bride profile image

    Kate McBride 5 years ago from Donegal Ireland

    This is a great idea for gardening in a small space and there is such a good variety of fruit and vegetables that it is possible to grow. Voted this up and useful. Thanks!