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Post  jrfrommd on 6/16/2014, 11:40 am

1st year...planted 3rd week of May...looking for ANY ideas/comments/suggestions/critiques or ways I could do things differently or better...Let me say up front I am SURE I made some rookie mistakes...let me know what you see...but careful! I bruise easy!  haha jk let me have it!





*The cucumbers below are growing tendrils and "seem" to be trellising nicely*



*Do you think I'll be able to bend these pole beans below & get them to trellis?*



*These seedling Serranos seem to be ready but haven't a clue...*



*I'm guessing this Squash will begin trellising the same as the cucumbers...?*



*Haven't a clue if I'm doing this Zuke right..seems ok?...



*Pretty sure I planted these 4 BB Tomatoes too close?..*



Look forward to ANY input...BTW even if it's not perfect..I"M HAVING A BLAST WITH IT!

Where has vegetable gardening been all my life? Very Happy
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Post  camprn on 6/16/2014, 12:59 pm

NIce! Looks great!! Those serrano peppers can be used now or you can leave them until they turn red.

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Post  jrfrommd on 6/16/2014, 2:07 pm

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Post  camprn on 6/16/2014, 3:04 pm

Oh! squash does NOT vine up things like cukes and pole beans do.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/16/2014, 3:18 pm

Looks GREAT, Jrfrommd!  And, yes, you'll be able to get the pole beans bent & trellised.

Camp - I'm pretty sure my spaghetti squashes are trellising...  are they odd-balls?
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Post  sanderson on 6/16/2014, 3:49 pm

JR,  Some of the top photos did not post fully.  Maybe you can repost just those.

Regarding growing summer squashes vertically, they don't naturally climb the trellis. You have to train them. I would untie the leaves so they can fan out and all the flower stems can develop and be accessible to pollinators.  I have these 2 in pots with cages.  There is a main stem and I try to keep it centered with stretchy tape tied periodically to the wire cage. I cut off the lower stems with leaves as they die off. I know these are diseased and need treatment.



Regarding the beans climbing, there are photos on this Forum showing how strings are tied to a separate cross board and then up to the top of the trellis. I don't have a good photo of this setup.

+ Your plants look so healthy!

PS I see others have posted. Winter squashes will vine, but if you want them to grow vertically, you will need to keep tying them as they grow.

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Post  dixie on 6/16/2014, 8:03 pm

Your garden looks beautiful!  Great job, especially for your first year.  As the pole beans put out "runners" they are easy to train up the trellis, you probably won't even have to help them along the way.

Keep up the good work & keep posting pictures.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 6/17/2014, 2:25 am

Garden looks nice!

Re training stuff, I've found that my tomatoes and beans and peas and cukes tend to ignore my instructions. I wrap them around twine, cage them, build them trellises to climb, etc., and they often refuse to follow along or even undo themselves from where I've trained them.

What they want to do is reach toward the sun. Wherever it's coming from most intensely and/or longest, but mostly wherever it comes from most intensely. For me, that's generally west, the hottest, sunniest afternoon hours. When I put obstacles in the way so vines and tendrils intercept them on their way toward the sun, then the plants will climb them successfully.

To get around that, when a plant needs staking in a certain direction or manner whether it likes it or not, I may do a weave or else drop a line, sometimes a double line, from a crossbar above and tie it to the base of the plant in a loose loop (to allow for it to grow wider) after spiraling it vertically around the plant. The multiple points of contact all along the string(s) have so far been able to keep my plants from stressing out from having too much pressure at any one point.

But anything not already bound up pretty securely -- the top, new growth -- is always liable to slip out and head toward the sun if it's able.
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Post  jrfrommd on 6/17/2014, 8:56 am

Thanks for all the info Marc... I appreciate it! I've kinda played my cards at this point so I'll just have to manage what I have.....but it definitely gives me some new ideas for next year.
I ate my first vegetable from it last night... A serrano pepper... Choppedp it up and put it in some potato salad..... Gavi it just the right fire
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Post  quiltbea on 6/17/2014, 2:07 pm

Remember, hot peppers get hotter as they get red but sweet peppers get sweeter.
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Post  camprn on 6/17/2014, 2:10 pm

@quiltbea wrote:Remember, hot peppers get hotter as they get red but sweet peppers get sweeter.
And that is a wonderful thing! rahrah 

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