Gardening: Planting In May & Vertical Gardening

April 22, 2014 1 Comment | Disclosure

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Time to Plant broccoli, lettuce, carrots, chard, peppers, tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, squash, melons, and pumpkins!

With May just around the corner you can start planning ahead for the first second week of planting in your area! If you live in the Northern States May is the time to plant broccoli, lettuce, carrots, chard, peppers, tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, squash, melons, and pumpkins. (Warmer states can plant now if you have not already.) The weather has been warm this week and motivating me to get out and plant my garden.

The first-second week of May

  • Outdoor Planting:  broccoli, lettuce, carrots, chard, peppers, tomatoes, and okra.
  • Indoor Planting:  cucumbers, squash, melons, and pumpkins

Third Week of May:

  • green beans, corn and pumpkins outdoors.

While you are thinking about the bounty and harvest of all of your hard work this spring, take a minute to check out the idea of Vertical Gardening!!

 Have you heard of Vertical Gardening?


I am always curious to see what others are doing in their gardens this year, and I have been hearing a lot of talk about Vertical Gardening. Last month we talked about how you can “Gutter Garden” to allow for gardening in small spaces, but I hadn’t thought about stacking or stringing them up vertically to maximize garden space! This got me to thinking, that while I have quite a few vegetables and fruit planned out, I have been coming up short on ideas for my herbs. So, I am excited to try out a vertical garden box for all of my herbs this season! With vertical gardening you can use virtually any space to grow herbs, veggies, and fruit!

Thankfully I have a very handy hubby who loves to work with wood, so with these Vertical Gardening Spaces plans, I’ll be able to get started this week! However, if you are limited to using non wood planters, or want something that may take up even less space for patio or apartment planting, check these ideas out:


Stacking Planters with Patented Flow through Watering System – $24.88

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  • Self-watering planters promote even moisture retention through a series of patented built-in grids and tubes, each planter layer has three growing areas
  • Set consists of three tiers of planters, three patented self-watering grids, tray (for stacking), chain with swivel (for hanging), and instructions
  • Planters can be stacked in a tower up to nine tiers high a metal dowel placed through the pots into the soil will secure them against heavy winds, children and pets! up to five planters can hang from a chain


Vertical Garden Planter 1 Vertical Garden Planter 2

Vertical Garden Planter – $19.95 

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  • Vertical Garden – Grow a living wall with Vertical Garden Planters made from recycled PET felt that is tough, provides a safe growing medium, pH neutral and non-reactive. Roots grow into the felt, so the soil and felt organically grow onto ‘your wall’.
  • Vertical Gardens using felt instead of plastic allows the roots to grow instead of being restricted to the plastic and eliminates root rot.
  • Hang them on your wall so there is little bending and weeding.
  • Planters are a good vertical garden system that are interchangeable so you can change your garden scene or replace your usable herb garden with new growing stock. Size is 30cm x 70cm (12″ x 27″)

In past gardening posts I have mentioned how much I read, appreciate, and follow The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, so when I found this container garden focused book, I got excited! This is FULL of great information, tips, and ideas to get your own container garden flourishing! You can also check out the Vertical Gardening Book that is full of great information specific to growing your garden vertically!

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The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible – $9.18 (Kindle) or $11.47 (Paperback)

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“By growing vegetables in containers, even novice gardeners can reap a bounty of organic food in very small spaces. Anyone can harvest tomatoes on a patio, produce a pumpkin in a planter, or grow broccoli on a balcony — it’s easy! Ed Smith shows you how to choose the right plants, select containers and tools, care for plants throughout the growing season, control pests without chemicals, and much more. He even includes plans for small-space container gardens that are perfect for urban and suburban gardeners.”


Vertical Garden Book 1

Vertical Vegetable Gardening – $10.69 (Kindle) $15.97 (Paperback)

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“Provides information on growing all types of leafy, root, and other vegetables vertically, saving space, protecting from insects, and making harvesting easier. Now people living in urban areas can grow produce that used to require sizable plots of land. Also included are ideas and plans for vertical structures.”

Next week I’ll give you an update on my Vertical Gardening planter, and I’ll also talk about growing potatoes! So make sure to tune in next week, and in the meantime, I’d love for you to share any vertical gardening ideas you have or share what you are planting in the next few weeks for your garden!

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  1. Thank you! Just moved to Washington from Las Vegas and after 8 yrs of not gardening I am really excited to plant something!

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