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Post  broberts0518 2/5/2013, 9:02 pm

It seems like a lot of the vegetables I would like to grow would do better on a trellis. I would like to grow 8 tomato plants(roma)1 zucchinicini(fordhook),3 cukes(picklebush) and 4 peas(sugar snap). I don't necessarily want to make a bed that is 15 feet long. Can I make multiple rows with a trellis in the middle of it? I don't think I can but it would make things much easier. Does anyone have any ideas on solutions. Thanks for all the help in advance.

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Post  Lindacol 2/5/2013, 11:33 pm

welcome Brian

Fordhook like most Zucchini is not a vine. It will not work on a trellis but can be staked It will need more than one square. Picklebush cucumbers is considered a bush type cucumber. Also I think Roma tomatoes are a determinant tomato, meaning they are more of a bush than a vine. They can be caged but usually also need more than one square. Indeterminate tomatoes can be pruned and planted one per square and do well on a trellis.

The peas are a cool season crop while the rest are warm season.

I have a 4x8 bed with a 4 ft north side trellis and also with a 6 ft trellis on most of the west side. I generally put in about 6 indeterminate tomatoes, a couple of vining cucumbers and a couple of squares of beans on the trellises, then have various other crops(including onions, carrots, corn, sweet potatoes, etc) in succession in the rest of the bed.
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Post  Turan 2/5/2013, 11:55 pm

glad you\'re here
Do you mean one trellis down the middle of a bed with other stuff in the untrellised squares? Or do you mean 3-4 trellises in parallel rows in one bed? Or do you mean an L or U shaped trellis in one bed? Yes you can, make sure of air circulation and shade issues.

At various times I have done all of these. The U shaped was really good with shade needing lettuces in the middle when I lived in the south. This year I will have 2 long trellises in one 3x8 bed of peas with onions planted in the middle. The trellises run east west so the middle area gets sun all day long. More than 2 parallel trellises tends to have air circulation and shade problems.

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