Obelisks in the Kitchen garden
Lines of obelisks in the kitchen garden decorated with fruit and vegetables are a breathtaking sight, and such an efficient way to cultivate most of your vegetables.
In the Spring they will be clad with gorgeous Vining or sprawling plants such as tomatoes, pole beans, cucumbers, summer squash, melons and gourds. The yield per vegetable plant is sometimes less when you cultivate them up an Obelisk, however the yield per square foot of garden is definitely greater.
Gardeners have often seen small vegetables growing on a obelisk, but probably are not aware that even larger vegetables such as
squashes and pumpkins can be grown verticallyas well. These are some of my favourite types of squash and pumpkins for vertical gardening. All are sufficiently small to do well on a trellis - a
gardening technique which benefits plant and gardener alike. Lots of vining vegetables take up a large amount of vegetable space when left to ramble around the vegetable plot. By training or tying these edible plants up a trellis or vertical structure, gardeners can save space in the garden. This allows gardeners to double, or even triple the amount of produce they're able to cultivate !Growing crops up off the ground is also healthier for the plants themselves. Fruit is less likely to get rotten from damp garden soil, and foliage are likely to harbour fungal diseases or bugs. Not to mention the fact that collecting the fruits is going to be a lot simpler if growers can see the plants at eye level!