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Vertical gardening can give you healthier plants—and more growing space. It’s time to rethink how you grow your vegetables and fruits. Anything that has a viney habit (including indeterminate tomatoes) can be trained up a trellis system—even smaller melons can do well on trellises if the fruits are supported. Read on to see how trellising can make your garden healthier, and make summer in the garden easier for you. We’ll talk about the melon issue too. SEVEN REASONS TO GROW…
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Growing vegetables vertically not only saves space but yields healthier more productive plants. Sky’s the limit on the various materials, shapes and sizes of garden supports. Some vegetables do better on one type of support and correct pairing of the vegetable and vertical support is important. Here are some basic ideas on supports and what types of vegetables work with support structures. Different Types of Supports/Materials Cages - can be made of just about anything and in any shape, square,…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia an organic gardener everybody needs somebody they can lean on and plants are no exception today we're gonna talk about different types of a plant support.

Bamboo is a good plant support for the garden, it's a renewable resource, its strong, it's inexpensive and it will last for many seasons as you can see i have a structure made of bamboo to support my plants. I grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers anything that wants to climb through the bamboo and its easy all you need is a seven foot piece of bamboo and some zip ties. As you can see i have a frame that's made of metal and pvc but you could easily use bamboo just attach the frame first sink your vertical poles around the perimeter of your bed about every twelve to eighteen inches and use a rubber mallet. We're going to create a grid starting twelve to eighteen inches above the bed first attach all the horizontal poles parallel to one another and attach them to each vertical pole next your gonna attach your cross bars to the horizontals and the verticals that you just installed about every twelve to eighteen inches across and then just make sure and zip tie at each intersection. Bamboo is also useful for making little teepees that can support pole bean or peas or you can put them in containers to make a teepee. You'll need a roll of twine, three to four bamboo stakes and a rubber band gather your stakes together and with one hand making sure their level with each other put the rubber band around to secure them then wind the twine around to secure the polls spread your teepee out and you're done. You can also tie a little bit of twine around your teepee for plants that flop or wanna grow outside the edges make a little loop in your twine and attach it to the top of the bamboo and then do a light loop around the first stake and then at the end of the season after you've harvested just take it up and put it away in storage for the next season.

Another great trellising option is this Hortonova plastic trellis it's a lightweight trellis that's UV stabilized. This versatile trellis can be installed either horizontally like this to protect and support plants that flop or vertically for vines and climbers.

For a biodegradable annual type of vertical trellising it's simple all you need is some kind of frame, bamboo will work fine, some twine and a couple of ground staples. Just secure the top with a little knot and bring it down anchor it with a ground staple bring the twine back up wrap it around and repeat all the way down the row Give your plants something to lean on this year and grow organic for life!

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Harry Palmer Says:
May 18th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Plastic ties and bamboo! Great suggestion .

Ward New Says:
May 20th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Bamboo is a great idea but the plastic ties are kind of unfriendly to the Earth. We have started using artificial sinew which is a heavy waxed cord which is easy to use (because of the wax) and has the advantage of breaking down in the compost pile. No working in the garden and finding a left over plastic tie.

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
May 31st, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Harry, Thanks!

Ward, The artificial sinew sounds interesting! We’ll see if we can find some to carry. Thanks for the tip.

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