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Going Vertical in the Garden

Sometimes you grow so many plants in containers you can't even walk through your deck or patio!  Never mind put a chair out there. The solution is to go vertical. Use containers that you can put up high, so you can still have some room to enjoy your deck or patio.

You can use the railing planter that goes over a 2x4 or 2x6 wooden railing as they wrap around your deck. You can use a window box to hang under your windows. It's a nice way to elevate things. There are pouches that you can buy made out of plastic or felt that you can just hang on a wall or hang on a fence and you can fill them up with little coleus flowers or other annuals and herbs.

And there's a new product that's kind of the full bore, this one is called my garden post. It's a garden post that has five different pots on it. What I like about it, is the bottom pots are large and the top ones are small so you can mix and match plants such as annual flowers, cascading herbs, strawberries and maybe even cherry tomatoes.

It's on casters so you can roll it around. It has a drip irrigation system as an option, too, so that way you aren't a slave to watering it all summer. You just put the drip irrigation on a timer, it will come on whenever you want it, and keep the pots nice and moist.

If you have to move it out of the wind or out of the sun, it's easy to move around and you can have lots of room around you to enjoy. So look at all of the pots you can have, but it's only taking up a couple of square feet.

You can go to your local garden center and find all kinds of options for vertical gardening.

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