Vegetables & Sustainable
|Topic||How can I trellis or support climbing vegetables?|
One thing that can derail even the best vegetable garden is inadequate support for plants like indeterminate tomatoes, pole beans, cucumbers and peas. The design of the trellis can be very creative or your basic three Tee Pee poles lashed together at the top. Some plants such as pole beans will not interweave in a lattice so a pole system works better for those. Most trellises should be 6-8 feet tall.
Beans: Tee Pee Poles 6-8 feet tall
Cucumbers: Stakes spaced every 3-4 feet apart with heavy twin stretched tautly from stake to stake horizontally to create a net that supports the growth along a row. Be sure that stake supports are sunk deeply or be sure to anchor the post by staking the end row and tying the posts off to the stakes.
Chayote: This is a perennial vine that will require permanent and sturdy trellising.
Tomatoes: Same as cucumbers, or heavy wire cages, or a single stake on each plant with stems being tied up with soft flexible material. See tomato staking techniques evaluation.
Peas: Tee Pee Poles 6-8 feet, or same as cucumbers