Vining plants can be trained to grow on a trellis to increase plant density. This year I've replaced my self-watering totes with a nice SIP raised bed. This allows me to construct a much better trellis system for my vegetables!
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I've been diligently pruning and training annual veggies to grow up several plant support systems. They're going vertical, greatly increasing yield within a small space. This includes beans, peas, spaghetti squash, cantaloupe and even watermelon! I'm also training fruit bearing perennials using various trellis and espalier techniques. My vining or espalier plants include air potatoes, passion fruits, currants, plums, Asian pears and a hardy kiwi.
In this video we take a closer look at how fence posts, U-posts and T-posts can be used for plant training in your edible landscape or backyard orchard. They can be combined with polyester netting, galvanized wire, welded wire or lattices. Some systems will support more weight than others. Some will last much longer. They may be used to for aesthetics, creating a nice privacy screen. Or they may be barely visible, allowing plants to grow unobstructed.
Growing in conventional raised beds can be highly productive. But many veggies perform even better in self-watering beds and containers. When combined with effective trellising, you'll be amazed at how many vegetables you can squeeze into a small space!
We've finished harvesting a bumper crop of strawberries. We've enjoyed a steady trickle of raspberries and alpine strawberries. And now the blueberries and aronia have ripened. Our passion fruit has already begun to flower which means we'll have fruit even sooner than last year. I'm looking forward to watermelons and cantaloupe! :-D
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A single blueberry plant should grow ok in a 5 gallon bucket. But make sure the bucket is freely draining. Potting mix should be acidic and porous. Depending on your hardiness zone, you might choose to shelter the bucket over the winter.
just wow. Your vegetables are beautiful and super healthy. I actually have welded wire and u-posts in my backyard, I'm definitely trying this! Been reading about intensive crop farming in small spaces. This fits right in. Already following your other videos... started my seeds in worm castings/compost/pine needles under T5s. Day 4 and everything sprouted. Im psyched about that mix because it's healthy and from what I see in your videos, it works! I'm definitely starting a worm bin like yours with whatever wood I have laying around, how simple! Best part.... all of your ideas so far will basically be free. :D THANK you so much for sharing them.
Thanks Max! The ring is titanium. I really like it. But I've been eating better (losing weight) and now the thing just falls right off of my finger! I can't stand the thought of parting with it though. xD
So many good ideas, and excellent tour of your garden. A couple takeaways would be the PVC support for container sweet corn, and the microclimate hot house for the other sweet corn that appears to be using a foundation window for supplemental heat.
This was a fabulous video! I loved seeing how to make supports out of PVC piping. I’m curious as to where you live - what zone? How big is your corn bed? You truly have a great setup for intensive gardening.
you really explained everything detail. i like the fact that you take the time to show the pros and cons of the things you have there. i can certainly see how a few changes in our gardening could make a huge difference. thanks.
Great techniques and ideas! How do you, or would you, attach a pvc trellis to a tote? As you’ve said, they can become brittle and crack. Currently renting and cannot permanently affix anything. Awesome channel!
I select half size melons such as "sugar baby". Then I can tie them up in a sling as they ripen. For larger varieties, I allow part of the vine to climb the trellis, but then I make sure the actual fruits are on the ground. It effectively folds a much longer vine, so that it can fit a smaller space! :-D http://albopepper.com/images/dwarf-watermelon-sling.JPG http://albopepper.com/images/large-melon-variety-on-ground.JPG
Hello i have a question for you.
i own this kind of light http://www.kessil.com/aquarium/Saltwater_A360.php
its 10 000K and actinic light for salt water tanks.
i just sold my saltwater tank but i still got the lighting and was thinking to use it for grow lightning for my plants.
do you think its possible to grow plants under this lightning?
thanks for a awesome channel btw.
thanks but its me that should thank you! haha ^^
do you think the uv may hurt the plants in any way?
i was thinking to combine the lightning with some kind of more red spectrum led grow ligh as you said.
maybe a stupid question but can i combine this kind of strong light together with a weaker red spectrum grow light? (its to expensive to buy a as powerful red spectrum light for me right now)
will it be better with just one weaker grow light (with both red and blue) than add this one also for the plant? (to use 2 different light)
im going to use it to grow either pothos plant, cayenne chili or habanero.
sorry for my bad english.
Welcome to my channel! Hmm, the light is mostly blue & UV. The lack of red is my concern, in particular. It might result in healthier, balanced plant growth if used as supplementation to natural sunlight. Or if paired up with a heavy red LED, you might be able to balance it out. It might grow plants, but you don't know how they'll really respond until you try.
for a trellis, if you can find an old twin bed metal mattress support, they work great. I picked mine up at landfill, in metal recycling area. Also, craigslist. Old metal chainlink gates, cattle panel, batting cage netting are also on craigslist. You can get wood from granite places. Granite is shipped in wood frames, and they throw wood in pile. (these are usually pressure treated, so best for frames that don't touch organic plants). Also granite scraps for walkways are usually free. My local granite place lets me pick through pile for a case of
Just stumbled across your channel and so glad I did. Have to say, I'm jealous. You're lucky enough to be able to use all of your yard to grow edibles. The HOA here does not allow "edible" plant growing in the front yards of our subdivision... Could I please bother you for some aronia seeds? Heck, any seeds would be awesome. Liked this video, will definitely watch others. Keep up the good work!
Thank-you so much for watching! I picked a centrally located vertical water sprout. Then I cut it, making a heading cut, right above 2 buds that were at the desired height of my next horizontal cordons. With the cutting of the branch tip (terminal bud) this activated the dormant buds. I pinched off all buds as they grew except for the ones that I wanted for the left and right sides. I allowed those 2 to grow and quickly began training them, tying them to the trellis while they were still young and green.
Wow what a wonderful garden, so nice an well thought out as far as the layout and what your growing together, very impressive. I'm so looking forward to seeing the journey of this garden. I love the pear tree very beautiful, I thought about doing that with a plum tree I have. So happy I found this channel as well. thank you for sharing and happy gardening!
Glad you shared this video with us. Thanks. Your lattice fence with the wood, could have done it with wooden u channels made up and put your lattice fence in the wooden u channels and it wouldn't crack like that.
Great stuff. Do you know if building an indoor setup with HPS lights with those PVC pipes is doable? Will it be able to support the reflector and the plants possibly aswell and not get any problems with heat and bending?
In short segments with multiple elbow joints, I'm sure the 1/2" PVC could do the trick. But it partially depends on the weight of the light fixtures. If you wanna play it safe, I'm sure 1" PVC would be just fine.
Thanks Sue! I use my worm castings in containers and a little in the SIPs. I use my compost in the various conventional raised beds. For retail fertilizer, I primarily use Espoma products. They make some nice organic, balanced fertilizers. My favorite is Garden-tone and then Plant-tone. In tight spaces that need a boost, especially air pots and things like that, I may use a little Osmocote since the time release keeps plants sustained until I can incorporate organic nutrient sources. For plants that might appear to be weak, perhaps nutrient deficient, I'll use the MG plant food that dissolves in water. But I only use it for things that need immediate help. Most things do well without it.
Wow you have really changed your yard from the first day to now. It looks so great. To keep the birds out you can put up some netting up over the top of your garden area. This is a little trick Disney does to keep most of the birds out. You really don't see it because it will blend into the sky. The netting you were showing would be fine.
Nice video, full of ideas. For those checkered plastic screen, wat's going to prob help with the plastic cracking is either use a washer, largest one u can get, or also make an intermediate wooden washer by cutting like a 1/4" thick slices of 1" square pole or a large wooden dowel and putting it between a washer and the plastic so u get more surface area support.