Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Squash Trellis in Early July

      This trellis is a vertical home to various climbers of the squash family: Boston pickling cucumbers, poona khera cucumbers, buttercup squash, marina di choggia squash, butternut squash, swan gourd, pointsett cucumbers, white cucumbers, and green dragon cucumbers.  I think I better reinforce some of the vertical supports.

           Right behind the squash trellis is the Kennebec potato patch.  The out of control potato patch.  The potato patch that is spilling everywhere.  In about ten days I am going to harvest the whole patch for what will be smaller potatoes.  That will give the squash plants room to ramble.  Here is the potato patch from the other direction.

      The squash trellis is on the right.  In the foreground is an artichoke plant in a large flower pot.  Note the humidity in the picture.  It is going to be quite unpleasant working outside today.

      The garlic patch is to the right of the potato patch.  The tall garlic in front is "Music", and to the left of that patch is a shorter stand of "Red Russian".  I may have to harvest the garlic today as the tropical system Arthur may dump a lot of rain on us tomorrow.  Not what you want at harvest and curing time.

      There is a bed of beans next to the potato patch which so far have not been overrun.  Then to the left of the beans is the tomato trellis.  It is time now to trim and tie the tomato plants to the uprights.  Time to go to work on some of these things.


  1. George, your garden looks fantastic! Fresh potatoes, wish I had the space for those. I like the squash trellis, may have to give that a try. I don't have much space and going vertical is a good idea. Make sure to post some photos of the potatoes for me to drool over!

    Hope the storm is gentle on your garden.

  2. Thank you CJ. I am a little worried what a bad wind storm would do to the squash trellis. But the potatoes should be fine underground!

  3. The way you plant tomatoes is very interesting to me? How have you secured the buckets to the stakes. Why do you have the buckets raised?
    Your garden looks so full right now. wish I had as much planted as you.

    1. The buckets have no bottom, there first function is to keep the rabbits away from the tender tomato plants. The buckets are not attached and can be lifted off the tomato plants before they are tied to the stakes. If left on, they make a great way to water into the bucket where all the water goes directly to the plant in the bucket.