This time I wanted discuss trellis.
There are several vegetables that thrive or need with trellis and or cages. There are so many items that you can use to assist these vegetables. I will start with pole beans, other than the obvious a simple pole or stake you can use trellis as well. We made this Willow Branch Trellis a few weeks ago, it is too late to use for beans this year but we are thinking about it for next year, I also may use it in my butterfly garden for a hummingbird vine.
Another method could be a simple tripod method as pictured below. (Again another gardener's method at our community garden.)
Here is another tripod, where someone built one resembling a ladder. (This is another gardener's vision at our community garden.)
One can use whatever they have. Pictured below is a shoe tree someone is using as a trellis. (Yes, you guessed it another gardener at our community garden.)
Beginning of the season.
We also use a trellis for our cucumbers. This will help control where the cucumber plant grows. Cucumbers, zucchini, and squash can easily take over your garden and if you trellis them, you can use less space for your vegetable. Below is one we constructed for cucumbers. We also have used the fence perimeter as a trellis for zucchini and cucumbers as well.
One can use trellis for pole beans as well. Once again our fence around the garden is what we use for pole beans. It has worked wonderfully for us. (Pole Beans are in the back, this is a picture of our garden in 2010.)
I have seen some people use trellis for strawberries and some other berries. I am sure there are more things to use a trellis. As I said in my first Garden 101 post, I am not an expert but love to share what we have learned.