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Small Space Gardening: Grow a Vertical Garden

trellis garden

Pole Beans

Pole beans are some of the most common types plants that you can find in backyard gardens, especially in the northern states. They have a high turn out and you can obtain a whole big bucket of beans just from a few plants. They can grow pretty high so make sure you have a tall trellis for them to grow on. There are all sorts of pole beans to choose from coming in all different colors. Here are a few different kinds:

Types
  • Haricots verts
  • French green beans
  • Filet beans
  • Purple string beans
  • Romano beans
  • Long beans
Nutritional Info
  • Low in Calories
  • Rich Source of dietary fiber
  • Vitamin A
  • Lutein
  • Zea xanthin
  • Good source of folates
Health Benefits
  • Helps Reduce the Risk of Colon Cancer
  • Helps prevent age related macular disease in eyes
  • Helps prevent neural-tube defects in during pregnancy
  • Helps control heart rate and blood pressure

Cucumbers

Growing cucumbers on a trellis isn’t as common among backyard gardeners, but it really makes for great cucumbers. You will get more cucumbers and the plants will benefit from being higher off the ground. These cucumbers will taste great straight off of the vine, and will be filled all sorts of good juiciness. Cucumbers are known as a natural body coolant, and you feel that as soon as you take your first bite. They are, if not the most refreshing, one of the most refreshing. Juicing cucumbers is very popular, and some of the health benefits of juicing cucumbers include helping with:

  • Arthritis
  • Acne
  • Hair Loss
  • Kidneys
  • Fluid Retention
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Psoriasis

In fact, juicing your vegetables is one of the main reasons growing your own veggies is such a great idea! Juicing can become really expensive if you are getting all of your vegetables from the grocery stores as you will go through a lot of vegetables to get your daily fix. Juicing your vegetables is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. Since it puts your veggies in liquid form, your body can absorb and react to all of the healthy vitamins and minerals right away.

Pumpkins

Yes, you’ve heard of a pumpkin patch, but pumpkins can also grow up a trellis. Not only will you save money on pumpkin pie, but you can take the time to enjoy carving your own pumpkins for the Halloween season. Pumpkins are good for your bladder and kidneys and are a good source of the following nutrients.

  • Potassium
  • Vitamin C
  • Sodium
  • Vitamin A

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Matt Honan

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