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I think I've con(vinc)ed ;) a city friend to let me put in some edible landscaping for him. He gets a lot of sun (lucky dog!) and I want to use the trellising to provide partial shade for some of the lettuces and such and the northern side of the trellis. Any ideas?
 

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None. I plant Maestro peas and they don't need any support. I broadcast them in a wide bed and I get three good pickings from them and they hold the pods up pretty good, too.
 

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If you are wanting to grow food to provide shade, I would recommend beans. There are some beautiful bean plants that provide luscious food.

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Oh! You wanted to know about the trellis. That's what I get for scanning, instead of carefully reading. LOL!

I think a framed piece of chicken wire attached to some stakes and planted with beans would make some nice shade. I would make it about six feet high for beans, but only about three feet high for peas. Just a thought...
 

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We don't trellis our peas but we do trellis the beans and use a stock/cattle panel. Easy to move and will keep the dog out of the garden, too.
 

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I do trellis our peas because we get high winds here.
Use Hog panels.. not pretty but it is very sturdy.
 

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Hey.

I grow snowpeas on hog panels attached to t-posts.

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I use a section of chain link dog run staked by T-posts. It is 16'x6' and I plant on both sides of it . It holds up nice. I plant snap peas against it. At the end of the season I take off the dead vines and put it against the barn out of the way.
 

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Are you needing shade in early spring time? If not cucumbers on trellises make real good shade in the hot summer time. I use cattle panels.
 

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I have to talk with my friend about hog panels. I'm not sure how picky he is about looks (city people :rolleyes:!)

Cukes might be a good idea, because it is in the summer that we need some shade for the salad greens, not in the spring. Maybe I could do the sugar peas first, then put in cukes after. I've never had the luxury of growing cucumbers, living in a hole int eh forest as I do...
 

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I am going to put some chicken or rabbit fencing on an old swing set frame this year for my cucumbers....is this the kind of idea that might work?
 

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I'm turning my kids old swing set into a small green house to get my seeds started in.
 

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in the city I found a bunch of old baby cribs out on the curb - took them apart and used the side panels (rails) as trellis. Looked rather artsy fartsy, was FREE, worked great, and I got lots of compliments from the neighbors.
 
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