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Post  sanderson on 5/11/2017, 1:07 pm

Thank you.

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Post  yolos on 5/18/2017, 7:43 pm

Well my tomato wagon worked to help me get extra early tomatoes.  Also, the Early Girl Tomato was early.  The wagon and the variety allowed me to harvest my first tomato on 5/11 and two more tomatoes today.  I started seeds about 1/21.  First uppotted on 2/8 and again and again and finally put the large pots on my Tomato Wagon on 3/17.  I was able to roll the plants in at night to keep them from freezing and then roll them back out again each day after the temps went above 50*F.  I planted them in the ground sometime between 4/1-4/15.

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Post  sanderson on 5/19/2017, 2:58 am

Wow! Tomatoes already. I want to tell you that I converted from one middle trellis to two "sandwiching" trellises for my two 1' wide x 3' long beds of pole green beans. Long sentence! Well, the beans are doing so much better grabbing one or the other trellis and shooting straight up. Only had to guide one vine to the trellises instead of herding them like cats. I got the idea from you, so thank you. PS I have triple trellises on the 2' x 4' beds, at the zero foot, 1' and 2'. Converted last summer. So much better for the cucumbers and pole beans in those.

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/19/2017, 9:45 am

@sanderson wrote:Wow!  Tomatoes already.  I want to tell you that I converted from one middle trellis to two "sandwiching" trellises for my two 1' wide x 3' long beds of pole green beans.  Long sentence!  Well, the beans are doing so much better grabbing one or the other trellis and shooting straight up.  Only had to guide one vine to the trellises instead of herding them like cats.  I got the idea from you, so thank you.  PS  I have triple trellises on the 2' x 4' beds, at the zero foot, 1' and 2'.  Converted last summer.  So much better for the cucumbers and pole beans in those.
I like this idea. I've never been able to get peas or beans to trellis, but sandwiching sounds like a super easy solution. 
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Post  yolos on 5/19/2017, 11:50 am

Here is this years bean trellis.  The bed is 9 ft x 2 ft.  I am now planting differently than I did a few years ago.  I took out the middle trellis because last year I planted sweet potatoes in this bed.  I decided not to replace the middle trellis because this year I am going with two rows instead of three rows because it was a jungle in there and I could not find the ripe beans but the pests could and it was just too many beans for me to process.  So now I have a trellis on each side of the bed.  It is actually 22 inches wide.  I plant a row on each side of the bed 5 inches in from the side.  That gives me 12 inches between rows.  I make a trench down the middle of the bed to use to run water down the middle of the bed and to side fertilize the beans if necessary.  In the following picture you will actually see a few bean plants in the middle of the bed.  I always plant a few extra plants in case I need to replace one or two that somehow die.  After the plants get up and attaching to the trellis, I remove the beans in the middle row.



I also have a metal decorative trellis on each end of the bed.  I will plant a vinning cucumber on each trellis just to keep my cucs spread threw-out the garden to try to keep downy mildew from killing all cucs.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/19/2017, 12:02 pm

Looks REALLY nice, Yolos! Good idea to spread the cukes around.
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Re: 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga

Post  sanderson on 5/20/2017, 2:53 am

Yolos, You always have great looking beds and ideas!

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Post  yolos on 5/21/2017, 2:13 pm

Thanks CC and Sanderson.

This years spring project was to clean the area on the East and West side of my garden.  So I just completed this project.

This is the west side.  The first picture is before and the second picture is after.  The spot had about 1/3 bermuda grass, 1/3 weeds and 1/3 bare ground.  So over the last year I have been killing everything that was growing.  Then I laid down pine bark nuggets.  It is really a nice place to sit now.  And next year I am going to try to plant some fruit trees and/or blackberries and/or raspberries and/or asparagus.



The following pictures are of the east side.  I do not have any before pictures of this area as it was always so ugly I never took pictures. It was filled with piles of junk, tree limbs and small scrub trees.  The first part now has 4 artichokes in pots, then 3 bee hives, then some old farm equipment (I planted some bee friendly flowers in one of the pieces of equipment), then the dogwood trees and dog house.  There are two dogwood trees in this area so there is lots of shade and lots of roots and I haven't tried to grow anything in this spot.



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Post  sanderson on 5/22/2017, 2:25 am

you rock

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