Green beans, butternut and buttercup squash crawl right to the top and over
Anytime but the dead of winter is a great time to build a center-piece for your garden – a durable, eye-pleasing trellis!
Here are instructions to build a simple arched trellis that will be very strong as well as beautiful. You will leave this one in place all year around. It holds up to high winds – we know because we have had 70-75 mph winds several times during spring and fall tornado-like storms.
Building A Strong Trellis
Check the cattle panel sizes available in your area at the local Tractor Supply, Rural King, or farm store, etc. Ask for 36-38″ wide x 16′ long. This gives more than enough room to walk under, yet easy to reach beans, squash, or melons when you are ready to harvest. …
Have you unknowingly invited Monsanto to your garden party? Updated from 2013.
In 2005, Monsanto grabbed 40% of the U.S. seed market and 20% of the global seed market when it bought out Seminis, making them the largest seed company in the world—supplying the genetics for 55% of the lettuce on U.S. supermarket shelves, 75% of the tomatoes, and 85% of the peppers, with strong holdings in beans, cucumbers, squash, melons, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and peas!
Seed saving is an adventure in science, thrift, preparedness training, and culinary arts ~ all rolled into one. It’s a step in the direction to living more simply and responsibly. It is easy to teach your children when they are young and thus pass on a heritage of sustainable skills for the next generation. Updated 2015….
“Back to Eden” invites you to take a walk with Paul Gautschias he teaches you sustainable garden growing methods that are capable of being implemented in diverse climates around the world.
Our family has used many of these principles for years with good success, so I was pleased to find this inspiring Back To Eden film confirming our thinking. MANY of you who have emailed, commented, or messaged questions about how to get started gardening with no experience or poor resources. Unfortunately, there is much misinformation ‘out there’ on good sustainable garden practices, but this approach is closest to God’s design.
PS I have no affiliate connection to this film.
While we are not permitted to embed the film here or on any other website, we are able to share the trailer (below). And below there is a link to see the whole film for free.
If you’re an urban gardener, you may have thought of straw bale gardening. If you are hoping to find enough space to grow even a tomato plant or two, “building” a garden with straw bales creates a whole new range of possibilities.
Do you like the idea of a raised bed garden box with easy-working, fertile soil that’s practically weed-free? Is the idea of not having to bend down so much appealing? Do you like the idea of more time for other things? Give me low maintenance, please.