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Planning for Squash…

My ever-gardening-creative-aunt sent me a link to Gardening with squash – on a trellis!

This I had to see!

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I did do *something* like this last summer. I had some of my pumpkins planted too close to the six-foot privacy fence enclosing my backyard. I wanted to have more room for my plants to grow – to get more sun. I decided to use the height of the fence to my advantage. For the leaves to get enough sunlight as they grew, I purchased inexpensive wood lattice from the local big box store. I leaned the lattice from the plants onto the fence, slowly training the vines as they grew and ran it from the raised bed up to the fence. I didn’t even bother to secure it, I just wedged it in and brought around overturned 5 gallon buckets and outdoor tables to support the weight of the pumpkins.

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It’s always so much fun growing your own!

Since I’ve now converted most of my front lawn flower beds into more traditional flower beds, and not just pumpkin patch, I am deciding how to incorporate more of these vining plants easily into my landscape.

When I saw the article above, I had a thought: I have irrigation tubing!

To make hula hoops, like here:

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I use irrigation tubing. It’s not a difficult process, but needless to say, I have irrigation tubing leftover. I discussed this with my aunt who suggested I could just use lengths of rebar, pound them into the ground, and then attach the lengths of irrigation tubing.

Brilliant!

In the past, we’ve tried doing bean Tee-Pees and Sunflower rooms with limited success. We oftentimes forget to water, or animals {including our dogs} get to the plants, allowing for not so much rooms as a few plants near structures.

Last year was different. Last year my husband, children, and I built two raised beds for planting. These two raised beds ended up being full of more bushy marigolds, towering sunflowers, and latticed-vined pumpkins than I ever thought was possible. We had a few strawberries that were set out in the late winter, as well as beets and carrots. Once we planted for the summer harvest, it was a beautiful bounty of flowers and green vines. It was so dense we were able to use bamboo hoops to create a *room* not only between, but beside both of the raised beds. It was so much fun!

The raised beds afforded the boys lots of space to play and create. They also kept our dogs, one of which was a puppy, out of the plants {more or less} while in the backyard off-leash. With the rabbits eating most of everything in the front yard, we were pleased the plants in the backyard were able to thrive in the summer sun and provide shade and food for insects, hummingbirds, and us!

Oh the summer planning — how I love to plant my garden!

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10 thoughts on “Planning for Squash…

    1. I container planted for years – and still do – they require a bit more attention with water {unless you do the upside-down wine bottle with a cork, hole through it, method}, but tried and true for everything from vegetables to bulbs and tubers. A raised bed is essentially just a large container – Garden On!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, like anything else, I just have lots of experience learned from lots of errors. Looking forward to the planting and germination, always an exciting time of the year ๐Ÿ™‚

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