Friday, May 27, 2011

Fourth panel done!

The fourth panel is done. I've planted 1 tomato plant next to it. Next to it are cucumbers, which will be trained to go up. The remaining room around the panels has been planted with summer squash and zucchini squash. They will be trained to climb also. The garden is in transition right now. Such a fun time of year! The little greenhouse gave me about a month head start. If I add some heat in there, next spring I can probably get a couple months head start.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Third Panel done!

The 3rd panel is done. The forth will have to wait. It's been raining for 2 days. Great for the yard! We need the rain!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Super Strong Support for Tomatoes and Squash

Let me first explain that I make things from apple branches. I've made benches and trellis pieces. Crazy woman that I am, I brought apple branches from CA when I moved here 5 yrs ago. I had already groomed them,(lots of work) so I took them with. Finally I have a project where I'll be able to use most of them. The wire tomato cages didn't work in a certain part of our garden. The wind would whip in there and knock over my 6 ft vines ( stacked 2 cages and tied them together)! They survived and gave us lots of Roma's, but I'm tired of picking them up. So I go out on Mothers day to plant my vegetables and realize I hadn't made the wonderful branch trellises. I worked most of yesterday and today and you'll see the results. I made 3 panels so far, just have to finish the 3rd and do a 4th.
The plan is one more panel on the other side. Tie them together and hopefully it'll be strong enough.
First I chose 5 branches. I dug a hole for each, guessing at distance between. After inserting each branch in the hole, approx  8" deep,  I filled the holes with dirt and pushed it  in around the branch to secure it. After standing back and checking I had to move or twist a few but it was easy to re-stomp the dirt.

My hubby, Bob, got a picture of me about half way done with the rungs. I took wire and secured the smaller branch at every intersection. I made the rungs about 4" apart. Big enough openings to pick fruit, and enough of them so that the plants will have plenty of support.

First panel done. I'm making them in panels so when we move we can take them with us. Also so that they'll be easy to handle and store.

Like magic, 2 panels done! I love the funky nature of them.
Third panel has the frame in the ground.
Third almost half done. I like to leave a couple long branches. It gives it character and gives the birds a place to land.

Tomorrow I'll finish this panel and make the one on the other side. Then the plan is to make some shorter walls to separate the plants and for support. Then I can finally plant my lovely plants!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wall of Strawberries

This is my wall of strawberries. After it fills in it should be like a living wall. To make this I picked up plastic covered shelving and hung several from our patio. I hung wire baskets lined with cork. There are 2 plants per basket. Each basket has a plastic bag with holes for drainage with a good potting mix and homemade compost. Keeping strawberries off the ground was the main goal. The slugs get them,  if they're on the ground here in CO. I'll take more photos as they fill in. So far they've survived 50mph winds!

This is a living wall from Epcot Center in Florida, my inspiration.They made theirs differently than I did, but the idea is the same.

This is such a beautiful setting. A unique idea for vertical gardening.