My gardening plans for this year are a giant combination of vertical, square foot, bio-intensive and permaculture gardens with a twist of companion planting. I probably should try one method at a time, but I am feeling rather bold. There are also a lot of snails where the garden is located. It is right on the edge of a forest. I am not okay with this because they are hungry little devils. Then there is the fact that I need to use my space as efficiently as possible. And of course, I can be lazy sometimes. If there is a way to do something a bit more efficiently, I am all for it. So, that is how this crazy experiment has come to fruition.
A major component of my efforts are trellises. They provide a place for the plants to climb/be tied to which keeps the plants off the ground which offers some protection from pests, allows for better air circulation and enables the plants to better soak up the sun. I am trying out a few different (self-concocted) models. Some are made out of repurposed metal frames that used to serve as a poor excuse of a fence in the garden. The others are made from large branches. Some were dragged out of the forest and a few were donated by the neighbors. I am also trying different varieties of climbing materials – laundry line, chicken wire, wire fence and garden twine. We will see how it all goes. I am feeling good about my efforts. I made sure that each trellis post is in a hole at least 1 feet/30cm deep and the wooden posts are fastened together with metal wire to ensure maximum stability. Looking forward to the 15 of May when I can finally plant cold-sensitive plants outside to test them out.
This trellis will be for one variety of pole beans.
I am not entirely sure how I am going to finish this trellis. I am thinking another two “logs” in the middle for added stability and then some chicken wire or more garden twine. However I do it, I want to be able to grow 4 cucumber plants, some morning glories and some beans. This means it has to be very stable.
This trellis will be home to 1 butternut squash and one morning-glory. The butternut will grow on the layered garden wire and the morning-glory will grow on the actual frame. It seems like a lot of space (the trellis is about 5 feet wide), but butternuts can be pretty big. In the space in front of the trellis, I will plant bush beans in order to help nourish the heavy feeding squash and corn plants that will be located to the right of the trellis.
This trellis will first house peas, then beans and sweet potatoes, plus a few and a few climbing flowers. The space in front will grow fast growing root veggies like radishes and salad. The trellised plants should provide much-needed shade for these plants in the summer.
This trellis will be home to peas and then cucumbers and pole beans. My only concern is that I used laundry line as a climbing material and I am worried that the peas will not be able to grab one. We will have to see because they are already planted and sprouted.