GROW: The Book
We have them on a polyester gridded trellis this year, but are going to replace the netting with cattle panels after the harvest. Not only are cattle panels more durable, but it is evidently a lot easier to get the vines off of them after harvest.
I do what I call my bean jungle but we also use cattle panels. My jungle is about a 30 foot row of bamboo tripods. Each bamboo cane is 8 feet, this year I used one cane across the top of 2 tripods for extra support I use twine or string to keep it all together and then wrap each tripod with twine. I thin to three plants at the base of each leg. The panels we just zip tied to 2 fence posts. I have used them for all sorts of things beans, peas, cucumbers and my husband trains our blackberries to them.
I think your teepee will do great. I love that they look like a tree by the end of the season.
When I was a kid in the 1950's rural NC, there were five old sisters that sold the most beautiful tulips every year. They would come to town from their farm and sell at the post office; everybody came there, because there was no mail delivery back then. They had long dresses, scarves, and big, wide straw hats; quite the contrast to their extremely rich, worldly, and sophisticated clientele that lived around there.
As the years went by, sometimes there would be one less sister. Started off with five, and ended up with one. When a sister went missing, everybody knew that the next year's tulips would be even more spectacular. Nobody went to their farm; many of the area's rednecks were particularly violent moonshiners, and you didn't go traipsing around where you weren't welcome, or you might end up composted, too. As David the Good's tee shirt says, "Compost Your Enemies".
Posted by The Village Idiot (yes, we had one of those wandering the streets in town!)
I just began this course and wondered if anyone else would like to do it too... maybe form a study group?
Hello TGN Community
My name is Tilelli, it means freedom in Amazigh language. I became an avid gardener 8 years ago. It started as hobby but then cancer hit my household though my 6-years-old (then) daughter. She is a happy tween today. Since then, I decided to grow our produce in my small backyard. Eight years forward, I am at 75% of reaching my goal. Even though, my growing space is only 224 sqft, we are able to eat seasonal vegetables all year round.
Two years ago, I got interested in home remedies when I could not find a cure for my hand eczema. I treated myself by adjusting my diet, and that's by making sourdough bread, knowing that we are bread enthusiasts, and eating more healthy fats and veggies. We make our yogurt and I ferment my extra produce. I also started growing Calendula, to make infused oil for my D-I-Y hand cream. I make our lip balm for winter, which proved to be more effective than the store-bought one. I am gradually expanding my herb collection and learning more slowly but surely. For now, I am relying on my memories from what my mom used to treat us as kids.
I started a blog about gardening in Central Texas, in hopes to share my experience and encourage more families to grow their food even it they are limited in space.
I am excited to be part of the TGN community.
@Merin Porter thanks for setting this up! I’m from Minnesota. Interested in garden ingredients, gardening, preservation of herbs and veggies, diy herb oils. I’m a cook. I’m into natural home and medicinal remedies in order to ease pains, displeasure, scrapes, and healthy cooking. Being outdoors is a niche. Permaculture Design in buildings or gardens optimizing natural elements. A peaceful activity is walking barefoot on earth. Watching animals in their niches, listening to the wind rustle between the tree leaves, absorbing sunshine. Setting up rain catchers in arid areas providing water to plants. Laying in the grass taking a nap while ants and insects crawl on my skin. Sleeping in a patio during a thunderstorm has pleasure on a sunny day/in the evening. Peace and smiles
I don't crochet--learned as a teen, but that's been a couple/three decades. Retaught myself to knit about 10 years ago, and I have a continuous strand weaving loom (google Hazel Rose looms). I, too, have been making dishcloths for a long time. Have sold some, but more often give them away or use them myself. My biggest "issue" is when the threads start to break down, and they start to unravel. I can't quite bear to toss them in the compost pile, so I keep using them with small holes which then grow larger and larger. :)
But, it's a great way to keep your hands busy if you're reading a kindle or watching TV or whatever. I even have been known to knit in church to keep the ADHD at bay so I can focus on the words from the pulpit.
I like to use the small size of dishcloths and potholders to sample knit new stitch patterns. You have something useful after trying to see if you like the pattern or not.
My mother-in-law made me a bunch with a solid weave. Just don't do what I did and use them to wash knives.