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Old 03-22-2014, 10:19 PM   #1
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Vertical gardening will be something new for me this year. To save space, I am going to have my vine-type squash and pumpkins grow up instead of out. I'm not really limited on space, per se, but I would rather be more efficient with the garden area & productivity.

We made these trellis out of 16-ft long x 50-inch wide econo cattle panels ($19 each). These trellis will be reserved for long vines: sweet meat squash, delicata squash, jarrahdale, trombocino squash, and pattypan. Stay tuned for more photos over the season. Our last frost date is ~ March 31, so we are just about ready.
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Well look at you! That looks fantastic! Great job.

I've not really tried growing much vertically, although I was supposed to do that with my cucumbers. My only thought is that you may have to create little hammock supports for the heavier produce--at least I think I remember reading that.
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WOW!
I wish MY bed looked that impressive. I've only an 8 x 8 but I have it's back side and half of both its end set up vertically to extend its growing area. I've never used hammocks for anything. Even heavy pumpkins and squash grow strong enough to hold their weight no matter how large.
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I've never used hammocks for anything. Even heavy pumpkins and squash grow strong enough to hold their weight no matter how large.
Cool!

I wondered about that seeing how they put on the weight gradually; they'd likely support it. I was just going by what I read. I know growing cucumbers vertically appeals to me...and I'd never have thought to put them in hammocks...just pumpkins. Good to know it is not necessary.
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:17 PM   #5
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Well look at you! That looks fantastic! Great job.
Why, thanks! This is another one of my "grand experiments."

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I've not really tried growing much vertically, although I was supposed to do that with my cucumbers. My only thought is that you may have to create little hammock supports for the heavier produce--at least I think I remember reading that.
I have seen people make little supports out of old t-shirts, but see Hava's comment below.

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I wish MY bed looked that impressive. I've only an 8 x 8 but I have it's back side and half of both its end set up vertically to extend its growing area. I've never used hammocks for anything. Even heavy pumpkins and squash grow strong enough to hold their weight no matter how large.
Thanks! I have read exactly what you say about the vines making themselves strong enough to support their own fruit. If that weren't the case, why would they want to climb up anything?

This will be the 3rd year of gardening in this "side garden," which was reclaimed from the nasty privet (see it in the background?). The soil has been improving yearly with the addition of compost. You can also see my planks to walk on to avoid soil compaction. I have actually infringed a little bit on the neighboring property in my elimination of privet (but not where my garden sits). Think they'll mind? (they are absentee landowners)
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I have read exactly what you say about the vines making themselves strong enough to support their own fruit. If that weren't the case, why would they want to climb up anything?
Very good point.
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The only veggie hammocks I've seen were the kind hanging upon kitchen counters.
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Well, I didn't realize that I had not posted any photos at all since putting plants in the ground! I will say this: I LOVE this method for growing vining squash! The Tromboncino and Delicata squash are some seriously vigorous producers.


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Wow - that looks great. How far apart are the ends of the panels at the bottom?

Did any of your veggies need support, or did they do fine without hammocks?
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I just noticed the tepees in front. Are those pieces of cattle panel too?
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