How to Grow Climbing Vegetables Near a House


Grow climbing vegetables near your house if you lack garden space but want to reap the benefits of homegrown produce. Vertical vegetables are easy to harvest and do not present pest or root-rot problems as those on the ground do. Make sure the particular spot meets the sunlight requirements of the vegetables you want to grow. Be creative and form a natural yet rustic trellis to support growing vegetables that is functional, yet dresses up the place. Use pots or containers, or plant seeds in the ground and support their vertical growth.

Step 1

Remove weeds, plant debris and rocks from the planting site. Make sure it has well-drained soil and receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily.

Step 2

Loosen the soil to a depth of 12 inches. Add 2 to 3 inches of organic compost or well-rotted manure and mix well with a rake to ensure the amendments go deeply. Water the area lightly to settle the soil.

Step 3

Build one or several trellises to support the plants as they grow. Make a bamboo tepee trellis for vegetables such as pole beans and cucumbers or a twine trellis for peas. Place a cage over tomato plants so they grow upward. Make sure the plant support fits the space and encourages spread and good air circulation.

Step 4

Install the support over the site. Push it at least 6 to 8 inches deep so it supports the weight of growing vegetables without toppling over.

Step 5

Plant seeds or seedlings around the support when soil temperatures are warm and danger of frost has passed. Follow label directions for seed depth and spacing. If planting seedlings, poke holes through the soil and lower each root ball into it. Space seedlings 2 to 3 inches apart.

Step 6

Water the planting site well to ensure the soil is evenly moist. Feed the seedlings a well-balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer two to three weeks after germination. Follow label directions for application rates.

Step 7

Wrap tiny tendrils around the wire or trellis slab to encourage the plant to climb upward. Harvest vegetables when they are firm and full.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves Shovel Organic compost Rake Garden hose Plant support Vegetable seeds or seedlings Well-balanced fertilizer


  • University of Illinois Extension: Vegetable Gardening Basics
  • University of Vermont Extension: Grow Vertical Vegetables
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