Posted May 16, 2011 - 10:50 PM
I ended up putting in 16 tomato plants, 8 per 20' row. I am going to try the a-frame (swing-set) style trellis this year with four 10' trellises. I had planned to make them off a plan using all store bought lumber, however, I might take a walk in the woods and use some small saplings.
At one end of the row of tomatoes, I have about 5' to the fence, so at each end of the row is a tomatillo plant in a concrete wire cage. I hear they produce a lot, and I need very little, so two should be fine.
To the left of the tomatoes, is a 20+ foot row of the Tangerine Dream peppers (9 plants I think)
On the far left side of the garden, I have five 23 foot rows of bush beans (4 rows per patch, 20 in all, or 460 feet) I have to take a photo of what I rigged up to lay out my wide beds. I used a 2x4 and cut some triangle "teeth" in oak. I screwed 4 of these teeth to the 2x4 and added a handle. This was pulled through the garden to mark out my rows. I worked great, but I think it needed some weight to push it down.
Now I have about a third of the garden left in the center... My plan is to put in a kind of three sister planting. I am thinking if I make two circles 8' in diameter, with another circle inside that (maybe 7') in diameter. There would be two of these plantings in the center of the garden with maybe three butternut squash plants in the center. This will give me some corn, but not take up any of the space because it's in the squash patch. I am not sure if I will grow the beans on the corn too yet.
That will leave me about 8 feet by maybe 15 feet left. I am going to build a lean-to type of cucumber trellis that is roughly 8 feet wide and grow some of the white wonder cukes from Burpee. That still gives me a little space I might be able to use still. Because of the squash vines, I may place a large planter on each side of the cucumbers and put hot peppers in one, with herbs in the other. They will be high enough to ward off the vines with some help.
I will grab some photos as soon as it dries up a bit, but for now... if anyone has any photos of "sapling / stick" built trellises or cucumber trellises.... Post away!
Posted May 16, 2011 - 10:52 PM
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Posted May 17, 2011 - 08:55 PM
Looking forward to the pics.
Posted May 18, 2011 - 08:03 AM
I planted 3 Manchurian Apricots last night and hoed aroud the onions , shallots I leeks last night.
My potatoes are just breaking ground, I hoed the ones I could find.
Posted May 19, 2011 - 10:24 PM
Now if the rain would stop and the sun would come back!