Vegetable trellis gardening is ideal if you want to grow your own vegetables in your place, but you do not have enough space. There are a lot of vegetable plants that can grow well in this type of structure so you have a lot of choices on what to plant. Besides, trellises are ideal in covering up areas or objects in your yard that are undesirable such as trashcans or a compost heap. Furthermore, trellis gardening is not that hard. You just need to find a plant that can climb and install the right structure for the type of vegetable that you plan to grow. Below are some of the trellis structures that are ideal for popular vegetables.
1 - Flat Vegetable Trellis
This type of trellis, also known as wall trellis, is ideal for creeping vegetables like peas, cucumbers, zucchinis and pole beans. This structure is very popular because it is sturdy and thick and can support the weight of various types of climbing vines and vegetables. A flat trellis is also very flexible because you can make it large or small, depending on the size of your space and your chosen plant. If you are interested in growing pole beans, you should make a large trellis because this plant can grow as high as 15 feet. You can use wood, plastic or metal materials for this trellis, provided that the material you pick can support the type of vegetable that you want to grow.
2 - Three-dimensional Vegetable Trellis
This kind of trellis is more popularly known as the obelisk trellis. It requires plenty of room and is ideal for landscaping. This pyramidal or tepee-type trellis allows you to grow different types of vegetables on each of its sides. However, there are certain kinds of plants that grow only on this type of structure. Tomatoes, peppers, gourds and melons grow well in caged or tepee-style trellises.
When using a three-dimensional trellis, it is important to make an individual cradle or sling for each fruit or vegetable. Many climbing vines or plants cannot hold the weight of their fruits. Individual cradles or slings also allow pumpkins, gourds, melons and squash to grow really big. Materials that are commonly used for three-dimensional structures include metal and wood, particularly cherry and cedar.
3 - Planter Box Vegetable Trellis
For homeowners who are interested to grow a vegetable garden but only have a small space available, the best type of trellis is the planter box. It is very easy to grow vegetables using a planter box with a horizontal trellis or lattice attached on one of its sides. Even if you only have a small patio, deck or even a window, you can grow your own vegetable using this type of trellis. However, not all creeping plants can grow well in a planter box. Select a vegetable that neither grows very tall nor has very deep roots. Some plants that are suitable for this type of trellis include buttercup squash, acorn squash, and miniature pumpkins.