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#117651 June 27th, 2005 at 06:28 AM
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Merme Offline OP
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Janeen Adil,in Accessible Gardening, makes some good suggestions for plants in vertical gardens...

In the tomato category, she recommends Better Bush and Husky varieties.


These peas grow 4'-6' high and are good for people who can't bend...

Tall Telephone (or Alderman)and Multistar for "regular" green peas.

Sugar Snap and Mammoth Melting Sugar for snap peas.

Norli and Carouby De Maussane for snow peas.

Pole Beans
Since pole beans prefer to be grown vertically, the only real consideration is total height at maturity. There are varieties that will get 10' tall, so read the packaging carefully!!

Many varieties of cucumbers do well climbing. Consider planting the seeds along the outside of a cage.

Melons and Squash
The biggest issue with growing these plants vertically is the size of the fruit.

Minnesota Midget Cantaloupe
Yellow Doll Hybrid Watermelon
Butterbush Winter Squash
Long Green Striped, Zuccetta Rampicante and Tromboncino are special varieties of summer squash that can be grown vertically.
Jack Be Little and Baby Boo are miniature pumpkins that do well vertically.



climbing sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus)
black-eyed-Susan vine (Thunbergia alata)
climbing nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea)
scarlet runner bean
moonflower (Ipomoea alba)


clematis (Clematis)
wisteria (Wisteria floribunda)
trumpet vine (Campsis radicans)
silver lace vine (Polygonum Aubertii)
climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anamola)
honeysuckle (Lonicera)
jasmine (Jasminum officinale)
perennial sweet pea (Lathyrus latifolius)
bougainvillea (Bougainvillea)
passion vine (Passiflorax alatocaerulea)
Dutchmen's pipe (Aristolochia macrophylia or A. durior)
bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
rose (Rosa)
glory vine (Vitis Coignetiae)
common grape (Vitis vinifera)
fox grape (Vitis Labrusca)

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Now you've made me hungry Merme. Can I come to your house for dinner? I just can't get up the umph to cook. Couldn't do it yesterday either.

I didn't know they had miniature catalope and watermelon and acorn squash. Where do I find the seeds please. I would love to have those things. But I thought they would be way to big for my little garden.

That is so cool. I'm glad you suggested this room to Bill. It is giving me so much information that I never would have thought to ask for. Thanks again.

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Your best bet for finding seeds is through catalogs. Not only will you have access to a much wider selection, but also the convenience of home delivery and the avoidance of wasted shopping trips to stores that don't have what you need.

There are many reputable seed catalog companies; subscribe to several so you can compare and choose what suits your needs best.


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