We've learned all about growing our own pizza ingredients using windowsill gardens, cocktail toppings with a raised garden bed, and today it's all about... SALSA! Our Southwestern climate makes for the perfect environment to grow jalapeños, cilantro, tomatillos, tomatoes, scallions, and more. As you may have began to notice, there is never a right or wrong way to garden. Gardening is one of the most fulfilling creative outlets - especially when you get salsa at the end of it! All said, today we will be focusing on vertical gardening: what it is and how you can grow ingredient using this method.
If you're low on space, vertical gardening is a great option. All you need is blank wall or a bare fence! Not only does it add dimension to your balcony or backyard, but it saves valuable room. Today, we will be focusing on traditional vertical trellis gardening. This said, if you are looking for advice or feedback for a special project you are working on, feel free to stop by Dig It and we would love to help!
Trellis gardening has many benefits. Not only are you able to keep your fruit clean and away from critters, but it makes harvesting a breeze. Tomatoes, tomatillos, and jalapeños are great plants to grow on a trellis. To begin, you will need a pre-built garden trellis, wire panel, or even a garden cage. As always, you are able to begin the plant by seed, seedling, or mature plant. As the plant grows, you simply will use rope or twine to gently secure the vines of the plant to the trellis. Over time, the plant will be trained to grow upward (instead of out) and will create a spectacular vertical garden for you to enjoy! As we recommend vining varieties for this type of vertical garden, you will want to use another option to grow the other ingredients - such as cilantro and scallions - in. The options are truly endless! All said and done, similar to windowsill herb gardening, be sure you are only trimming small portions of the plants off when using them in recipes, and they will continue to grow, grow, grow!
Thank you for tuning in to our three-part series about growing your own food using three different gardening methods. If you have more questions about herb and vegetable gardening, be sure to click here to register for our September 29th Fall Herb and Vegetable Gardening Class!