When we look at nature, we can see crops on every floor: trees, bushes, ferns, flowers ….

Also, when you do not have much space to garden, you can produce more thanks to a very simple trick: you grow higher!

By installing some vertical structure (even a tree or fence), many plants can be climbed up and thus gain space to grow underneath.

Additionaly, some plants like to grow next to each other. This is the case for corn, beans and squash for example. They are called the 3 sisters or “Milpa”. The Americans Indians had cultivated them together for a very long time. The Maize serves as a support to the bean that climbs over it. The squash covers the ground thus protecting it from moisture.

Some plants climb on their own, as long as they have supports to wrap around: these are row beans and peas for example.

Others need to be tied, like squash and courgettes, cucumbers and pickles, tomatoes, melons …


To grow my crops vertically, I can use some original tricks:

A tower of herbs for example, with 3 pots of different sizes stacked on top of each other and filled with top soil, this can accommodate aromatic plants.

Peas and beans can be grown on chicken wire mesh or on teepee poles. The harvest thus becomes very easy, in addition it is pretty.

Vegetables such as cucumbers can be grown along a wall. We then save space and decorate the wall.

We can run squashes on an arbor to form a vegetable roof. There will be shade underneath.


The trellis of the Traversine Villiot garden

The trellis at Traversine Villiot is now entirely covered with mulberry trees! Maintained in this way, they are developing rapidly, with stems reaching up to 4 metres! Enough to provide a shady passageway that is beginning to fill with fruit … Read More

The TIPI in the Traversine Villiot garden

The climbing beans sown last April on the Traversine Villiot tipi have reached the top in just a few months!The first flowers are starting to turn into beans! This species (from Agrosemens seed) produces purple vegetables that turn green when … Read More

Maintenance of the planting beds at Malanti

5 women are in charge of the cultivation beds in the Garden of Skills, a daily task carried out since 2021, when the project began in the Malanti hills in Eswatini. Growing the plants in parallel rows at right angles … Read More

Installation of the rope for the climbing fruits

Garden of Traversine, 13 containers were designed on the principle of tiered farming. They are used for fruiters. A first row of strawberry, halfway up the container, then a second at the front of the tank, then berries (currants, currants, … Read More

Fruit trees in bloom on the Traversine roof garden…

In its 13 plots inspired by the agroforestry staged culture, spring is in full effervescence: Level Zero … The strawberries in bloom start to form their first red fruits, Level 1 … Blackcurrants, currants, mulberries, raspberries, are covered with flowers … Read More

La Traversine – First plants

The beginning of 2017 saw the first seedlings and plants on the garden of the Traversine … The season is certainly not the best for seedlings, but we still have sown cabbages and leeks in mini the greenhouses, and lettuces … Read More