We’re back from vacationing in Alaska, where the only projects I accomplished were hiking all over the place and not getting eaten by a bear. Among many other things, we explored a glacier cave, which was literally awesome and only slightly dangerous.
I’m very glad to have experienced it, but I was also thinking “If I die in an ice cave collapse, no one will be able to say ‘Well, at least Marti died doing what she loved.'” I mean, really, killed while hiking? Wearing pants that covert into shorts? That is not how I am supposed to go. Death by spray paint fumes, or a freak rug avalanche, or a pizza overdose: then you can say I died right. So, let’s get back to it!
As briefly glimpsed and mentioned in the post about building our raised garden beds, I rigged up a heavy-duty trellis structure for our vining plants:
- I bought 3/4″ thin-wall electrical conduit at The Home Depot (only $11, which is much cheaper than I expected metal to be). The friendly folks at The Home Depot will cut the pipes for you (Menards doesn’t, by the way).
- Two pull elbows ($7 total) to connect the three pieces. The PVC sleeves on either end of the bed secure the metal pipes.
- Finally, I ordered Dalen Gardeneer nylon trellis netting from Amazon ($9).
The net is loose and stretchy until you pull it taut and secure it. I tied the loose ends and also used cord ties.
All-in-all cheaper than metal cages, much sturdier, easier to harvest and plenty tall for high-climbers like pole beans. Now that our first wave of lettuce and spinach are gone, the tomatoes are putting the trellis to use.
Two other late-crop newcomers are the cucumber and French pole bean plants. The latter isn’t coming out swinging, but I hope it perks up once its roots get stronger.
The lettuce has peaked but continues to keep us knee-deep in salads, and the kale crop has been amazing. We harvest the outer leaves and the center keeps growing. Mint, of course, is bountiful and irrepressible.
And, really, the best part of the garden is simply that it’s pretty. Summer!