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Post  gardenwriter 5/9/2010, 10:55 am

I am one week away from the arrival of my family to build a limestone-walled 4 x 16 Square foot garden for me. I will be installing a vertical frame at the (4 foot) north end of the garden. Once the walls are built, the width of the garden will be 5' 4".

I would like to put the vertical frame inside the walls instead of outside as Mel instructs. I can install the frame after the walls are built and before the soil is added. (There will be a base of sod and soil, then a cardboard/newspaper barrier, than 6 inches of Mel's Mix.) If I do this so that the frame "sits on the ground", as instructed in the book, will I be okay?

If I install the frame outside the walls, it will definitely affect the nice look of the stone-walled garden bed. Will I be making a mistake if I install it on the inside as I have described?
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Post  boffer 5/9/2010, 12:55 pm

I can't think of anything that would be a problem putting the trellis on the inside. EMT rusts a little faster in the ground than in air, but it'll still probably outlast you! Wink

My first thought though, was that you could put small boxes or planters on the wall top and then use the trellis from both sides
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Post  gardenwriter 5/9/2010, 3:06 pm

Thanks, Boffer. I was hoping that would be the answer I would get!

Question 2: Can I put the vertical frame one square foot in from the north end of my bed and grow vertical plants on both sides of the netting? Has anyone tried that?
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Post  boffer 5/9/2010, 3:24 pm

I've done it with peas and cukes. The peas are finishing up as the cukes are starting to climb. I haven't tried 2 or more different plants at the same time-but it's worth a try!
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Post  gardenwriter 5/9/2010, 4:11 pm

Excellent.

You are a great resource, Boffer. Thank you for reaching out!

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Post  Megan 5/9/2010, 5:00 pm

I have been wondering about climbing plants on both sides of a trellis as well. I am trying to figure out how to squeeze in some tomatillos....
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Post  Chopper 5/9/2010, 5:17 pm

Build another bed! LOL
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Post  Megan 5/9/2010, 5:32 pm

If I eradicate all sod in my front lawn.... Shocked
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Post  Chopper 5/9/2010, 10:43 pm

It's the responsible thing to do. Verticle Frame question Icon_biggrin Am I tempting you?
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Post  Megan 5/10/2010, 8:02 pm

You are... Laughing
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Post  sjtapp 5/10/2010, 9:05 pm

I have my trellis with tomatoes tied for support on one side and sugar snap peas climbing the other. Once in a while a pea plant will try to latch on to a tomato plant, but I just detach it and re-train it.
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