30 May 2008

Companion Planting and a Flashy New Trellis


The tomatoes are in. The bed in the photo is 4' by 18'. There are eight tomato plants (a little less than half our stock) in the bed, which I know isn't very many, but they will be sharing the space with four varieties of poling beans, red onions, leeks, and a shit load of basil. Well, maybe not a shit load, but a fare amount none the less.

We're really happy with how well our new trellis turned out. The design is mostly from something Meg found on the internet and in the latest issue of Organic Gardening. However, the modifications are all Future House. It did take us a few hours to build, but it's nothing more than bamboo from our property and salvaged string (the whole thing didn't cost a cent). I'm certain that by the end of this year I'll be able to tie knots like a sailor (which is fitting, because I tend to curse like one).

11 comments:

meg's mom said...

Whoa! I enlarged the picture and that is some kind of awesome trellis - the garden looks great.

CeeCee said...

Your garden is going to be beautiful. Love the trellises.
The basil might surprise you. You might get a 'shit load' anyway. It gets enormous and smells wonderful. Great for so many different recipes.

seeded said...

That is a seriously awesome trellis. I hope the harvest is just as impressive!

Christina said...

Oh how envious I am of your space!

molly said...

Brilliant trellis, what's more it was recycled...WTG!

Blessings:)

Twinville said...

Wow! That trellis looks as intricate and as impressive as the Golden Gate Bridge!

Wish we could build something like that here, but our winds come in gusts of 40-50 mph. Those works of art would be toast in a day. bummer.
So for now, I'll just sit her and admire yours! hehe

Oh, and your cool warped sense of humor, too! :)

vegmonkey said...

Now that is one respectable trellis...it makes the garden more than just somewhere to grow stuff, it's a piece of art! Did you use some plans to create it or was it just put together as you went?

Kelly said...

the trellis is awesome! I'm going to try a bit of that structure for mine this year. Last years' blew over in strong winds several times -- it was flimsy at best.

tansy said...

the trellis is very nice!

ourfriendben said...

All you need is some canvas to turn that trellis into a pair of sails to go with your pirate flag. Very cool!!!

Kelly said...

Hey everyone,
Thanks for the comments. The great part about trellis building is that they are designed around function first. We didn't have any photos blueprints, Meg simply read about it and then we built according to our needs and according to the resources we had available. I just hope the damn thing holds when all our plants reach peak maturity. We'll just have to wait and see.