I like to keep a continuous succession of crops in my raised garden beds. I have one bed with a permanent trellis for growing vining crops, and then I use plastic pipe to erect trellises in the other beds as needed. One summer, all the pipe was in use, and I wanted to get a fall crop of peas planted. Instead of buying more pipe, I decided to make a living trellis.
I planted a closely spaced row of ‘Mammoth’ sunflowers where I wanted the trellis. After a few weeks, the sunflowers were about thigh-high, so I planted my peas in between the fast-growing plants. By the time the sunflowers reached shoulder height, the peas had sprouted and were looking for something to hang on to. Not only did this make a cheap, attractive trellis, but that fall I had two successful crops instead of one!
This year, I started my sunflowers indoors. I transplanted them, and now have my spring pea plants climbing a living sunflower trellis. It works great for me!
Apex, North Carolina
Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!LEARN MORE
At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).
You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.