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Grounded… finally

By Penny Stine

I worked like a crazy woman to get all those little tiny plants that I've been blogging about in the ground on Saturday. Actually, I gave about two-thirds of them away to my friends with whom I share the cost of our online seed catalog addiction. I planted the rest.
First, however, my husband, who is an all-around wonderful guy, helped me carry out all the trellises that I use. He built them for me a couple of years ago and I like to experiment and put them in different places in the garden.
I decided this one will go closest to the street, where it gets the most sunshine. Tomatoes are planted on one side and melons on the other. I'm hoping the melons will also grow up the netting. I think I planted honeydew, tasty bites and one called American green on this netting, but I wouldn't guarantee it. I'm going to throw some giant marigold seed around, too, in hopes of creating a colorful jungle that makes the neighbors wonder what I'm up to when they walk by. 
I also planted tomatoes on one side of this particular trellis. There's one tomato on the other side and one melon, and room for other climbing vines that I'll start from seed. I just haven't figured out which climbers to put on the other side of this trellis. I've had tomatoes here before and was disappointed with how they produced, but I think it's because I was too severe in how I attempted to train them to climb the trellis. I've repented and promise to let them do as they please this year. Plus, I used a lot more Mesa Magic in the soil, so I have high hopes. 

This is a new trellis. Yes, it's actually a pallet. My husband told me it made us look like the Beverly Hillbillies, but I assured him that it would be all the rage for homeowners everywhere when it was covered by a cucumber vine.
I have one more trellis in a small garden area out back that will be home to this interesting climbing spinach vine (it's called Malabar or Ceylon spinach) as well as winter squash. I'm planting both from seed this year and won't plant either one until the soil gets a little warmer. Malabar spinach is supposed to thrive in hot weather, so I'll be curious to see how well it grows. And whether or not my husband and I like it.  

I also planted a bunch of herbs, some summer squash, peppers and celery root. Looking at these photos, it doesn't look like I did much, but I managed to do it all day!


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Hmmm…. probably depends on how much you’ll pay him! You’d probably have to promise him a new motorcycle and that might be more than you want to pay for a couple of trellises.

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