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8 Climbing Vegetable Plants

Growing vegetables in your garden is a great way to eat healthily and help the environment. But plants can take up a lot of room as they grow dense, so you may wonder how to cultivate all your favorite vegetables and not have an overgrown garden. An easy solution is to grow vegetables that grow up and not out.

In this article, we want to share the eight great climbing vegetable plants to grow in your garden.

1. Cucumbers

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One of the most common climbing vegetable plants to see in any garden is the cucumber. It’s so simple to grow, delicious, and healthy, and most people love eating them raw or turning them into homemade pickles.

Cucumbers can get heavy as they grow, so they need a strong enough trellis when they climb up to hold their weight.

They grow the best in sandy loam soil with good drainage, but they are not too picky. However, they need full sunlight to thrive. There are two kinds of cucumbers, vining and bush, so make sure to get the correct variety to grow up and over your trellis.

Pro Tip: Do not plant them where tree roots can steal the vegetables water and nutrients from its long roots.

2. Pole Beans

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Pole beans are a great choice when growing climbing vegetables because of their delicious taste and the fact that you can use them in many different meals.

Pole beans contain vitamins A, C, and K and have a variety of minerals, including; manganese, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium.

They are simple to grow as long as they have plenty of sunlight for six hours a day and soil with good drainage and high organic matter.


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Tomatoes are such a great vegetable because they grow very fast and tall.

They love direct sunlight and need it for about six hours a day and soil with good drainage and lots of nutrients.

There are many species of tomatoes, from small cherry to large beefsteak. All varieties are full of vitamins, including vitamins A, B, and C, beta-carotene, lycopene, and a small amount of potassium.

Tomato plants can become very heavy, so make sure you have a sturdy trellis to support their weight.

4. Malabar Spinach

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Malabar spinach is a delicious leafy green vegetable that you can use in many meals as it pairs well with mushrooms and onions. 

This type of spinach is great to add to your diet. It has nutritional and medicinal uses as it is abundant in minerals (magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium), vitamins (A and C), and crucial amino acids and antioxidants.

Malabar spinach loves a hot, humid temperature with full sun. It grows best when the temperature isn’t too cool. You can grow it in a mixture of soils, but it prefers the ones with good drainage.

5. Rocoto Peppers

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Rocoto peppers are delicious and full of vitamins (A, C, and E), folic acid, and antioxidants. Not to mention they’re easy to grow and maintain all summer long.

Rocoto peppers prefer soil that is always moist and has good drainage but will thrive in a variety of soils. This crisp veggie likes warm, sunny places in your garden that have a minimum of six hours of sun a day. They can survive on less direct sunlight, but it’s not preferred. 

6. Ridge Gourd (Chinese okra)

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Ridge gourd or Chinese okra is a very common ingredient in curry; it has an amazing taste that many enjoy. The bitter vegetable is even rumored to stop premature graying hair. 

Like many other climbing vegetable plants, ridge ground prefers direct sunlight for around six hours a day. It also loves soil with good drainage and a lot of nutrients. It requires a pH no higher than 6.5.

7. Snow Peas

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Snow peas are a great variety to add to dinner meals. You can eat the whole pod or pop the little beans out of their casing.

source of vitamins and minerals. They contain vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), and Pantothenic acid. The minerals that snow peas contain are manganese, calcium, phosphorous, sodium, zinc, and potassium.

Snow peas only need a few hours of sunlight each day so they can grow in most spots in your garden. They are also not too picky about their soil type as long as it has good drainage and a pH no higher than 7.

8. Pumpkins

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You may think that pumpkins are only grown at pumpkin patches, but that’s not always the case. You can easily grow them in your vegetable garden. 

Pumpkins require a lot of space if you want them to grow large, but you can grow smaller pumpkins that you can use for cooking, not just for Halloween.

All varieties of pumpkins are warm-season plants. It means they are very sensitive to frost or cold weather and will start to die off if the temperature drops very low. They prefer direct sunlight for more than six hours a day and love soil with good drainage.

Let Them Grow Big And Tall

The eight climbing vegetables we listed are not just delicious, but also grow fast and will be a perfect addition to your garden. They all have simple growing requirements and won’t take up much of your time. Plus, due to the number of vitamins and minerals they have, they will enrich your healthy diet!

Let us know which vegetable you would like to grow, and as always, please share!