Vertical Garden

Vertical Garden
by Nicholas Daughtry & Heena Chotani

Zone 7 Winter plants


Cabbage Family

  1. Collards (brassica oleracea)
    1. large, spoon shaped, smooth leaves stem grows 36 inches; roots run around plant so mulching is necessary.
    2. deeply ruffled sturdy leaves
  2. Kale
    1. Stem grows 24 inches; roots run around plant so mulching is necessary.
    2. surviving temp less than 10 degrees Fahrenheit
    3.  Allies: Chamomile and garlic improve growth and flavor. Companions: Beet, celery, chard, cucumber, lettuce, onion, potato, spinach.
  3. Bok Choy
  4. Mache and Claytonia 
  5. Swiss Chard: Beta Vulgaris
    1. bright lights chard- beautiful multicolored stems
    2. Plant the seeds ½ to ¾ of inch deep in well-drained, rich, light soil.
    3. grows to be more than 12 inches tall.
    4. Plant chard seeds 2 to 3 weeks before the last spring frost date.
  6. Peas:
    1. Shelling/ snap peas grow best in winter
    2. plant seed inch or 2 in dirt
    3. climbs up when growing
    4. Allies/ companions:
      1. Companions: Bean, carrot, corn, cucumber, radish, turnip. Allies: Chives deter aphids. Mint improves health and flavor. Enemies: Garlic and onion stunt the growth of peas.


  1. cilantro: coriandrum sativum
    1. can plant after last frost date in spring or in fall
    2. light well drained soil; 1-2 inches apart
    3. water regularly; 1 inch water per week but once established not as much.
  2. Parsley: Petroselinum crispum 
    1. plant seeds 3 to 4 weeks before sprint frost
    2. plaint in moist, rich soil about 6 to 8 inches apart.
    3. water often


  1. Nasturtium: (tropaeolum)

    1. edible flower, rapid growth, no fertilizers
    2. Seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last spring frost
    3. Half inch deep, 10 inches apart should appear in a week.
    4. trim and water regularly
    5. Very good companion plant for kale and collards.
  2. Calendula, pot Marigold, calendula officinalis 
    1. can grow 8-18 inches in height
    2. bloom in 2 months
    3. used in herbal medicine, dye, and in some foods.
  3. Pansies: viola x wittrockiana 
    1. plant in moist, humus rich, well drained soil.
    2. 9-12 inches spread, 6-9 inches tall
    3. water regularly, all-purpose fertilizer
    4. companions with cabbage and kale