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Can I grow my squash up? 9 Replies

I am thining of growing squash on my tomato cages this year. Except for the heavy weight of the veggies- I can't think of any reason this won't work. I plan to net the veggies as they grow. Has…Continue

Started by Debbie Graham. Last reply by Heather Gill Mar 19, 2013.


At my local recycling center, I found two large sections of this cattle/hog fencing. My husband and I anchored it into the ground with rebar and plastic strapping. We formed an arch so the vines…Continue

Tags: deer, containers, deterent, vertically, recycling

Started by LARK (Wi. zone 5). Last reply by Heather Gill Mar 19, 2013.

Stackable grow pots for Strawberries 24 Replies

My mom told me about Verti-gro system, but I want to use my own soil and my well for watering.  I just need the right container that will allow for many plants in small space. Any ideas?Continue

Started by Wendy Hime. Last reply by Vicky Myers Apr 17, 2012.

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Comment by Vicky Myers on June 13, 2013 at 11:49am

They are made of gutters.

Comment by Vicky Myers on June 13, 2013 at 11:48am

Look what I found on Pinterest

Comment by Heather Gill on March 29, 2013 at 9:39am

New drilled holes, fresh straw and potatoes planted.  Excited!  I'm doing a better job documenting this year!  How do you document your garden journeys?

Comment by Heather Gill on March 19, 2013 at 10:18am

Good questions-helps me process.  I had thought about carrots and potatoes but am checking out your discussion and pictures Lark.  I have one berm that is about 3 ft high and 3 ft. wide and have a butterfly bush, russian sage, Karl grass and then plant annuals at the edges.  It is heavily mulched.  I do need to think about what is grown all of the berms though.  I am going to plant potatoes in the center of my large bed-just to see what happens!           I thought about the black---after I painted it.  Maybe a shade or on my porch thing.   

Comment by Glenda Truscott z8 on March 17, 2013 at 8:40pm

I dropped this group because it was inactive for so long.  I am so glad to see more people on it now so I will be checking in again.  I love all of your ideas.

Comment by Vicky Myers on March 17, 2013 at 8:06pm

 Lettuce can grow under your peas. Peas grow well with carrots, turnips, radishes, cucumbers, corn, beans and potatoes as well as many aromatic herbs. Some herbs like shade but peas don't like onions, garlic or gladiolus.

Comment by LARK (Wi. zone 5) on March 17, 2013 at 8:04pm

Heather, I have grown under the cattle fencing using it as an arch. If you check out the discussion I added 'Cattle/Hog Fencing Arch' I have pictures. It worked out great and I will do it again.

Comment by Vicky Myers on March 17, 2013 at 7:56pm

Heather just a couple of ?s are the berms like I know a berm as kind of a rounded off hill? Wouldn't those dry out faster and the water run off of the hill. I too am prone to painting things black but black really soaks up the sun/heat also. Sunflowers I read somewhere take the nitrogen out of the soil or doesn't let the nitrogen set, so I would plant them away from food plants.

Comment by Heather Gill on March 17, 2013 at 7:31pm

I have a few questions for this group...please help!  I'm preparing for another drought year at the same time I'm continuing to build beds up into berms and use a permaculture thinking.  I think using soil is the first vertical gardening! 

I have found some old livestock panel and made a hoop over two of my beds and plan on growing peas up and over them.  What can grow under them?

I found an old wine cupboard by the road and took it home and spray painted it black.  I want to grow something in it vertically.  It is pretty deep and about 4 feet high.  Would herbs grow?  Where do I begin?

I also found an old screen door.  What vine would be light enough to grow on a screen?

Comment by Heather Gill on March 17, 2013 at 7:26pm

I wanted to let you know how it went with my potato tires.  It really did turn out even with the severe drought.  I struggled between over-watering and letting them dry too much.  This year though-I'm going to drill more holes on the side walls of each tire.  I have a bale of straw ready to use for mulch!  And I'm going to make them more accessible and plant Sunflowers behind that berm this year.


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