Thursday, February 28, 2013

Trellis Ideas for Balcony or Patio Vegetable Gardens

Get a load of my new plantlings!  Spring is officially upon us here in the Gulf Coast.  My local garden centers are stocked full with new fruit and veggie plants just waiting to go into the ground, or in my case, containers.  On the left are Ashley cucumbers, and on the right are yellow crookneck squash.  I'm going to plant these seedlings in large pots.  The idea is to train them up trellises that I'm going to install inside each pot, (so that I don't have several feet of squash/cucumber sprawl all over my patio).  Up, not out, is the idea.  

Other fruit or veggie plants you could grow vertically up a trellis in your container garden?
  • Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Melons
    • Note: bush and determinate types of the above plants are better suited for small spaces, as they were bred to grow to a predetermined size.  Vining and indeterminate types will grow to infinity!  When choosing plants (or seeds) at your local nursery, the label on the plant should tell you what type it is.  Although compact, however, bush and determinate types will still benefit from trellising or caging.  To give you an idea, bush cucumber vines can still reach 4-5 feet in length, so they'd appreciate any support you provide. Most importantly, providing support will save you precious gardening space.

Here are some balcony/patio trellis ideas I found to get some inspiration for my vegetable garden.  I thought I'd share them with you to use in growing your own urban vegetable garden this spring:

Sugar snap peas growing up a homemade bamboo trellis.  [Source: Toronto Balcony Gardening]

A watermelon supported by nylon netting! Who knew you could grow melons on your balcony?  I'm as stunned as you are.  The plant itself is supported by a makeshift bamboo trellis, held together with twine and masking tape.  [Source: My Balcony Jungle]

Beans running up a teepee trellis made out of sticks and jute.  [Source: Urban Veggie Garden Blog]

Tomatoes on a patio supported by a metal tomato cage.  [Source: Garden of Steph]


  1. Cucurbits are better planted directly on their own containers or ground, they are not usually transplanted like tomatoes,eggplants brassicas.

    1. My local garden center has a variety of seedlings every year. I've started lots of things from seeds this season, so I thought it would be easier to just buy a pack of seedlings. I got a pack of 12 for $3.99. Not bad!


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