Planting in May & Vertical Gardening

Planting in May & Growing your Garden Vertically!


Now that May is here it’s time to plant broccoli, lettuce, carrots, chard, peppers, tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, squash, melons, and pumpkins! The weather has been warm this week and motivating me to get out and plant my garden and get these seeds & starts in the ground!

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 – $31.25

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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 – $12.68

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  • The eco friendly and non toxic materials safe and great for long term use.
  • The planter measures 11.8 in x 40 in which makes it ideal to use along wall spaces.
  • These can be easily mounted on a wall using the reinforced metal eyelets.
  • The seven pockets are designed with felt material which retain water, making it a great solution for soil growing conditions.
  • Want to grow a big crop but don’t have a lot of space – take advantage of matching several planters together!

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!

The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible – $11.99 (Kindle) or $16.99 (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 Vegetable Gardening – $11.84 (Kindle) $16.70 (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.”

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