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March 4, 2009

Improving My Gardening "Game"

Karen Keb Acevedo
Editor in Chief

The goal of this season was to build a more supportive trellis
If I’m honest, there’s not much going on in the kitchen lately. Winter is dragging on and I’m desperate for some fresh, local vegetables.

The 6-day power outtage at my farm during the ice storm stole all my heirloom-tomato marinara and pesto I froze last summer; I have a few carrots still in the ground (using it as a fridge) but other than that the landscape is bleak.

Darn that Punxsutawney Phil!

I bought some seeds last week and I’m starting to get my plan together. I keep chanting “NOW is the time to plan” but it’s distinctively unenthusiastic when it’s still 11 degrees outside, like it was yesterday morning. However, today it’s sunny, so I can fool myself into thinking it’s warm outside as I gaze out my office window.

Each gardening season I like to try something new. Whether that’s drip hoses, a new trellis or cage style, timed watering, a pest-control device, or simply just new varieties of vegetables.

This year, it’s gotta be a better trellis.

I still haven’t learned my lesson that while the homemade wooden-stake design is nice to look at, it’s worthless when it comes to supporting tomato plants.

Last year, I bought a welded-wire mesh panel for a few dollars at Lowe’s, primed and painted it, and folded it over once into a V-shape. This was the perfect trellis for my lemon cucumbers, situated in a raised bed.

For me, and I know the same goes for so many of you out there, gardening is like golf. We’re always looking to improve our game and it’s something that can only be done over time. Lots of time. 

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Nice article
matt, new castle, DE
Posted: 9/10/2012 11:18:06 AM
WInter time is long here in montana! Its already June and im just able to start planting outside... Lots of planning time!
Beth, Montana City, MT
Posted: 6/6/2010 6:23:43 PM
The end of January is near and I have most of my seeds and I need to keep telling myself that planting them is still a few weeks off. I will be starting about 50% of the seeds inside about the middle of Febuary for plant out about the first of April. Still seems like a very long time away
Carl, Bremerton, WA
Posted: 1/30/2010 4:37:25 AM
Good question, Joyce! In the March/April 2010 issue of Hobby Farm Home (on newsstands 1/26/10) Andy Tomolonis recommends using wire mesh. You can read about his method on page 63 of "Garden Grit."

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Hobby Farms editor, Lexington, KY
Posted: 12/30/2009 6:37:32 AM
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