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Post  Philly_Nubie 6/17/2021, 10:10 pm

Hi, my name is Terry. I recently built an SIP raised bed garden, 3'x9'x16", in my backyard because all that sunlight needed to do something besides make the grass grow(there is an old Army line I was gonna use but I'm new here, and my humor is not like that of non-veterans,  so I'm still feeling things out)
I am currently experiencing spaghetti squash and attempting to thwart its desire to overrun my first grow space, which is what lead me here.
I have a few different tomato plants, melon, pepper, fennel, eggplant and herbs going.
I'm excited to take in all the nutrients(knowledge) that this forum has to offer and hope to be able to give back as I am able.
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Post  AtlantaMarie 6/18/2021, 7:37 am

Hi Terry.  Welcome from Atlanta, GA from an old Army wife.  ;-)  Glad you're here.  Lots of great info in the archives.  Pictures always help us help you.
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Post  markqz 6/18/2021, 11:20 am

Welcome Terry!

In Square Foot Gardening, one of the solutions to sprawling squash and limited yard space is to grow upwards, usually using a trellis behind the rest of the box. Plans and suggestions can be found in the book All New Square Foot Gardening, 3rd Edition.

One of the advantages of a trellis, at least in my "shoebox" yard, is that the leaves can pick up the sun's rays a little bit earlier.

Some gardeners have even grown pumpkins on extra sturdy trellises!

Last year I put a trellis net at the north part of one my SFG's and connected it to a nearby wall. Then I grew spaghetti squash and directed it along the netting. The netting was a little wimpy so I had to add slings for the maturing fruit.
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Post  yolos 6/18/2021, 3:17 pm

Here is an example of a icebox watermelon on a trellis
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Post  Philly_Nubie 6/18/2021, 5:48 pm

yolos wrote:Here is an example of a icebox watermelon on a trellis
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Post  Philly_Nubie 6/18/2021, 6:22 pm

This is my first "veggie" grow & first in my own home. You may see I split some tomatoe trellises my neighbor gave me but that one for the melons looks be a thicker gauge, support more weight. Do you have any product info for that trellis?
I saw my first squash blooming when I finished my home project for the day. It makes my feel pride that they are doing well.
I'm running an SIP system that I saw on YouTube from a fellow Pennsylvanian runs on his garden. It is a soiless mixture composed of coco coir, perlite, vermiculite. It is topped with an organic soilless potting soil that contains castings. The plant seem to love it and I added water when I transplanted early last month. I will preface that with we had a sold day of rain two weeks ago.
As I learn more I plan on building two more set up to expand my selection of home grown foods.
Happy gardening everyone
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Post  yolos 6/19/2021, 10:53 am

Philly_Nubie wrote:This is my first "veggie" grow & first in my own home. You may see I split some tomatoe trellises my neighbor gave me but that one for the melons looks be a thicker gauge, support more weight. Do you have any product info for that trellis?
I saw my first squash blooming when I finished my home project for the day. It makes my feel pride that they are doing well.
I'm running an SIP system that I saw on YouTube from a fellow Pennsylvanian runs on his garden. It is a soiless mixture composed of coco coir, perlite, vermiculite. It is topped with an organic soilless potting soil that contains castings. The plant seem to love it and I added water when I transplanted early last month. I will preface that with we had a sold day of rain two weeks ago.
As I learn more I plan on building two more set up to expand my selection of home grown foods.
Happy gardening everyone
My trellis was made from a Tractor Supply Handy Panel.  I cut so the width would fit inside my bed.
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/search/handy%20panel?
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Post  sanderson 6/20/2021, 1:18 am

Philly_Nubie wrote:
I'm running an SIP system that I saw on YouTube from a fellow Pennsylvanian runs on his garden. It is a soiless mixture composed of coco coir, perlite, vermiculite. It is topped with an organic soilless potting soil that contains castings. The plant seem to love it and I added water when I transplanted early last month. I will preface that with we had a sold day of rain two weeks ago.
As I learn more I plan on building two more set up to expand my selection of home grown foods.
Happy gardening everyone
In SFG, we use a 6-7" soilless growing medium made with 1/3 coarse vermiculite, 1/3 fluffed peat moss, and 1/3 blended REAL composts. When it's time to replant, we just add more blended composts. I'm assuming that the SIP system mixture is the bottom fill.

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Post  sanderson 6/20/2021, 1:21 am

Philly, For trellises, there is an example of an EMT trellis frame with nylon trellis netting. The netting, that can be bought at most garden centers, is surprisingly strong and will support winter squash, cantaloupe, smaller watermelons, any fruit less than 10 lbs.

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Post  Philly_Nubie 6/20/2021, 2:03 am

I believe so. The bottom is lined with a pond liner and perforated drainage tubes to create an air space and allows the water to be wicked up to the plants root zone. Albo Pepper, on YouTube, is who I based the build after. I went with metal siding and wood I already had from another project to lessen the cost. After the deer ate most of the maters I added the netting and hoops based off what another YouTuber had done for his Food Forest,
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Post  Philly_Nubie 6/20/2021, 6:51 pm

First spaghetti squash is starting and many flowers are popping up. Eggplant, cantaloupe, zucchini & tomatillos
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