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Help with Vertical Growing?

Post  AllyCat85 on 4/3/2012, 4:13 pm

I have been planning to start a vegetable and herb garden this year, and was doing research when I stumbled upon the Square Foot Gardening website. First of all, let me just say that this method is ingenious! I would have never thought of this on my own, and will make everything so much easier, and I can grow so much more!

My main question is that for some of the things I am planting, the website recommends vertical gardening. Would I just use a simple trellis? Some of the things I am growing are: peas, green beans (pole), cucumbers, cantaloupe, zucchini, and eggplant. Should all of those be vertically trained, or only some of the plants? Also, the trellis I am looking at purchasing is from Lowes, a 24" tall metal trellis, called the Garden Treasures Trellis 24". (I am unable to post the link because I'm a new member, sorry!)

I am not necessarily new to gardening, I've been a container gardener. I've successful grown carrots, radishes, hot peppers, tomatoes, bell peppers and several herbs. I've just never done vertical growing.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give!
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Re: Help with Vertical Growing?

Post  Squat_Johnson on 4/3/2012, 4:51 pm

I have done the string trellis thing several times, have tried a couple different ways.

This year, I am going to use cattle panel - a fence like product. The only issue is that it is very large and will need to be cut- at least in half.

I will support these with fence "t" posts, which I already have.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_188465-60456-CPS10_0__?catalogId=10051&productId=3479813&UserSearch=cattle+panel&Ntt=cattle+panel&N=0&langId=-1&storeId=10151&rpp=24
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Post  quiltbea on 4/3/2012, 4:58 pm

I'd say the 24" trellis is NOT big enough. For peas, pole beans and vining (Indeterminate) tomatoes you need at least 6 feet of vertical growing.

I use string for tomatoes and trellis netting for peas and beans and then switch them to rotate the crops the following year. With strong metal (green) fence posts in the two north ends of each box, anything can be attached.

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Post  Hoggar on 4/3/2012, 5:11 pm

Trellising is easy Last year was my first year of real gardening and SFG as well.
Here are some of my trellises/gardens. Just use your imagination!





This one is my Pea trellis!

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Post  AllyCat85 on 4/3/2012, 10:35 pm

Thanks everyone! I appreciate the feedback, because I would have been really disappointed if I had gotten the 24" one and then my vegetables didn't grow right. I'll have to look around on Lowe's website a bit more to see if I can find an inexpensive alternative.
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Post  TN_GARDENER on 4/4/2012, 7:24 am

Peas, pole beans, cantaloupe & cucumbers ought do very well in a vertical garden. Not unheard of those things growing 10 feet.

Zucchini & Eggplant really depend on the variety. My usually just sprawl out everywhere and don't really vine.










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Re: Help with Vertical Growing?

Post  kittykat on 4/4/2012, 12:40 pm

For lots of examples of trellising ideas, do a Google search for: square foot gardening trellis - then click on Google Images and browse to your heart's content...

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Re: Help with Vertical Growing?

Post  GWN on 4/4/2012, 1:05 pm

This is my trellis for my peas
It is a cattle panel, they can be purchased from farm supply stores and come in 16x4 foot lengths and you can cut them yourself if you have the special cutters, OR the stores will usually cut them for you
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bringing home the cattle panels.

Post  walshevak on 4/5/2012, 9:07 pm

Guys at the Tractor Supply Company reluctantly loaded these 3 full size panels. Kept saying "lady, this isn't gonna work". I managed to get it unloaded with a lot of help from gravity.





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bringing home the cattle panels.

Post  fefehanif on 4/5/2012, 9:39 pm

That's funny. Glad you got it done with the help of gravity. We can all use a little help from gravity with these boxes.
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Post  GWN on 4/5/2012, 10:37 pm


Very cool picture Kay
Welcome to cattle panels..... Smile
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