A Trellis Garden is a Simple Garden

Vertical Garden
Image by: Mel Bartholemew
Sample plot with trellis

 

Mel Bartholomew made the square foot garden famous.

I first saw his PBS television series in the early 1990s and understood the idea right off the bat. It made total sense to me.

I really liked the intensive gardening idea and thought the raised beds looked rather cool.

So, of course, I had to make one.  It was my first real garden.

Oh, I changed the layout and sizes a bit but it was the trellis that made it a complete success.

It was fascinating to watch the ends of the cucumbers and beans curl around the strings and seemingly pull their way to the top.

At one end, I tied tomatoes to the strings and watched them grow tall and strong.

There was plenty of air circulation and bugs were easy to spot and eliminate. The slugs were left behind at ground level.

The best part was that everything was clean!  Rain-washed and fresh.

I could eat a few young beans right off the vine without a thought.  I couldn’t resist a four-inch cucumber I spotted (once I saw there were many more coming, of course.)

Oh, I planted other things, too.  Broccoli, peppers, carrots, zucchini, and the like. What turned out to be a surprise hit was Patty Pan squash! While still small, it made a great addition to a stir fry!

In the pages to come, I’d like to describe how to make the same simple trellis garden that I first made.  My wife and I didn’t need enough to last over the winter, we just wanted to enjoy some fresh summer veggies of our own.

And my trellis garden did just that.

If you’d like to read more about gardening, check out the two books in the sidebar.  One has lots of gardening tips and hints while the other shows how easy it is to grow your garden organically.

I think you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.  More to come soon!