When we think of climbing plants, we often picture flowering climbers such as wisteria and jasmine, but there are some vegetables with a climbing habit too. Climbing plants have the great advantage that, by the sheer nature of their vertical growth, they take up less space in the garden. Remember, though, that climbers have a lot of above ground growth, so their roots need some extra care. Prepare the soil before planting by digging in plenty of organic matter (well aged manure or compost). Make sure that the soil drains effectively. Mulch around the base of the plant so that roots stay cool and moist.