It has been raining some lately, that’s a good sign for gardeners since the ground will be softer and easier to dig, I know it’d be for me. In the last week or so, it appears that we’ve pollen rain, it is especially bad for those with allergy, even though it doesn’t bother me much, but I could feel it in the air, and this spring rain helps wash away the pollen dust in the air.
The plan for my garden is coming along, I checked out more books from the library, this time some about the water garden, the librarian asked me if I want to join the pond society, I was a bit amused by her eagerness to tell me more about it. I’ve a very small area to work with, and one of the vegetables that I like to grow is cucumber but was concerned about not being able to plant many since I have a small area. My dad planted several last year, but it took up a large area and crawled everywhere, also the cucumbers lay on top of the dirt and grass, this can absorb all kinds of disease from the ground, this was one of my main concern.
One of the books that I checked out was ‘Vegetable Gardening with Derek Fell’ and I thought this is a unique way of growing cucumbers or squash or anything that can climb. Below is a picture of A wooden, or A-frame trellis which helps support disease resistant cucumbers. This is ideal for a small garden, it seems easy enough that I can do this myself.
As for the string beans, my dad’s trellis works well for him, but his is made out of a metal frame.
I’m thinking of doing something similar, but would use wood instead, and found a nice picture of trellises that support vegetables such as string (or pole) beans, tall peas, and even cucumbers. These vegetables can climb up by themselves, you don’t have to assist them by tying them to the pole or anything like that, and growing plants up would allow me to make the most of my tiny area.
The next week or so will be a lot of ground work for me, my younger sister and dad are giving me some of their perennial plants, this will save me a lot of money since I don’t have to buy, and it’s great that they come up every year.