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Trellises look so much better when something’s growing on ‘em

By Penny Stine


I posted pics of the various trellises I'm using in the garden this year a couple months ago before anything started growing, so I thought I'd post an update. This trellis was supposed to have tomatoes on one side and green beans and malabar spinach on the other. A couple of the tomato plants are growing like crazy and starting to get quite a few green tomatoes on them. The beans are looking pretty good, too. 

Since one of the tomato plants on the west side of the trellis died, I planted cucumbers, but they haven't started to climb yet. 

And neither have these...  

According to the seed catalogs, this malabar spinach was supposed to take off once daytime temperatures reached 90. They reached 90 in June and the plants didn't take off. Then I thought that perhaps they'd grow quickly when we had that week of higher than normal humidity and afternoon rain. 

They still didn't take off. 

I'm beginning to think they're just not going to do much in my garden. 

Has anybody else ever tried to grow malabar spinach in Colorado?


I am kinda pleased with the way my pallet trellis looks. I was going to get a second pallet and put it up next to it, but since I had so many wire tomato cages, I decided to plant cucumbers in the middle of the cage and see if they'd climb that. They did, with a little encouragement from me.

The green beans that I planted on the rear side of the pallet and the additional cukes I planted on the front side needed no encouragement to climb. 

Now I'm just trying to keep them from choking out the peppers that I put in the front of the box. 





I'm also pleased with my coat rack. The beans are doing exactly what I wanted them to do, and I think it looks pretty cool. 

I just hope the coat rack doesn't fall over - it is leaning more than the Tower of Pisa. 


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Yes, I am jealous of your trellis!

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