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How To Grow A Vertical Lima & Green Bean Vegetable Garden

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In this Instructable, I will show you how to make a vertical green bean garden.  I came up with the idea when I was weeding out my beans in my garden.  I thought to myself,  There has to be a better way to grow vegetables than tilling and weeding year after year, week after week.  So I browsed the internet looking for any type of vertical garden.  I couldn't find anything that my mind was thinking about.  I done some research, took notes, and came up with this Instructable.  Eventually, I would like to try more vertical veggie gardens and I will post them as I create them.
 
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Step 1: Prepping The Soil For A Vertical Green Bean Garden

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First, you need some fencing.  I made my fence 8 inches round.  I used a black contractors bag to put inside the fence.  Filling the whole bag with soil would be pretty heavy so I got a 4 inch PVC pipe about 2 ft. long and put in the middle.  I then crumbled up a bunch of newspaper and stuffed the paper into the PVC pipe.  Just make sure that the PVC pipe is in the center of the bag.  Once the newspaper is stuffed and packed in the PVC pipe, I began to fill the outside of the PVC pipe up with a topsoil and Miracle Gro mix.  Once the soil is even with the top of the PVC pipe,  I took the PVC pipe out of the bag by using a stick to push the newspaper down as I pulled the PVC pipe out.  The soil on the sides will fall and surround the newspaper.  That way my vertical garden is lighter and the newspaper acts as a drainage system as well.
demilio10 months ago
This is really interesting. I am curious how it turned out by the end of the growing season. Did the plants outgrow the fence? Anything you'd do differently?
cnathan (author)  demilio10 months ago
The beans produced wonderfully. However, they did tend to fall and I had to tie each plant up so they wouldn't bend to the ground. The only thing I would do differently is make the fence a little bit bigger and possibly put a 1-1/2 to 2 inch piece of PVC in the middle of the fence before filling with soil. Drill a bunch of holes in the PVC as well. The top beans did really good. The bottom beans weren't as big due to the water not reaching all of the way down to the bottom plants. I did get to save a bunch of seeds from this to try a bigger and better one next year.
Smart.
ewtiii1 year ago
I was wondering what you put in the bucket that houses the wire.
cnathan (author)  ewtiii1 year ago
I put a layer of newspaper in the bottom of the blue bucket to catch the excess water from my experimental gardens. I keep my mini gardens in a small pull behind trailer that I converted into a greenhouse and when excess water drains, It will run into the blue bucket and saturate the newspaper rather than make a mess in my trailer. The layer of newspaper also helps me keep in check on when my plants need watering. When the layer of newspaper dries, I slowly add more water until I see the layer of newspaper starting to take water.