Growing Tomatoes with Free-Standing Hog Panel, Straw, and Bale Twine: Growing Tomatoes with Free-Standing Hog Panel, Straw, and Bale Twine

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 Growing Tomatoes with Free-Standing Hog Panel, Straw, and Bale Twine

By RavenCroft
April 2, 2014

My method of using hog panel provides easy access and super support for tomatoes, squash, beans, and gourds alike. I also pile on the straw for moisture retention and weed control.

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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Apr 1, 2014 6:27 PM CST
Most excellently neat and tidy!

Thanks so much for sharing! I tip my hat to you.
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lovemyhouse
Apr 1, 2014 7:14 PM CST
Yes, but the photos wouldn't enlarge when I clicked on them. My eyes are aging and detail is lost unless I am right up on it. Great idea, though. Thumbs up
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RavenCroft
Apr 1, 2014 7:25 PM CST
I had the same experience. Dunno why the photos won't enlarge. Maybe Dave can figure it out. Glad you like my method. It saves a lot of time & work.
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texaskitty111
Apr 1, 2014 7:53 PM CST
I have a touch screen tablet, and the photos enlarge, but are out of focus. That doesn't help any, does it? Great idea, @RavenCroft!
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Danita
Apr 1, 2014 8:15 PM CST
Nice Garden, Anna! Big Grin

I was able to access the photos the convoluted way, so to make it easier....here are the links to the images:

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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Apr 2, 2014 6:18 AM CST
Thank you, Danita!
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SongofJoy
Apr 2, 2014 6:33 AM CST
RavenCroft said:I had the same experience. Dunno why the photos won't enlarge. Maybe Dave can figure it out. Glad you like my method. It saves a lot of time & work.


Photos in articles don't usually enlarge if the article is done in the "Advanced form" rather than the "Easy form" where you upload photos directly from your computer rather than drag and drop.
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RavenCroft
Apr 2, 2014 6:42 AM CST
Thanks for that info Tee. I'll remember it for future articles. This one was my 1st. Smiling And a big thank you to Danita for the links to my full sized photos. :-)
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frostweed
Apr 2, 2014 7:00 AM CST
Wonderful system and excellent article, thank you for sharing. Smiling
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SongofJoy
Apr 2, 2014 7:49 AM CST
You're welcome, Anna. It took me some experimenting to get the hang of it and I sometimes still forget and start an article where I didn't mean to. :)
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dave
Apr 2, 2014 7:50 AM CST

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I fixed the images in the article and they now expand properly when clicked on.

This is a great article, and the technique is great. Every year we use a few panels in exactly this manner to grow tomatoes. The panels down here are approximately $18 each at Tractor Supply.
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vic
Apr 2, 2014 8:25 AM CST
I love this method - very nice and thank you so much for the photo's too!
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Anderwood
Apr 2, 2014 10:39 AM CST
I will have to try that with some melons and squash this year!
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dave
Apr 2, 2014 12:39 PM CST

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Gourd growing on a 16' panel:

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Dutchlady1
Apr 3, 2014 2:08 PM CST
Excellent article!
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Toni
Apr 12, 2014 5:18 PM CST
I agree Excellent article Ravencroft. I love all of the photos. It helps so much for us visual learners Rolling my eyes. Please keep these wonderful articles coming. A side note, I had no idea it was so rural and beautiful in the state of New York *Blush*
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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chelle
Aug 2, 2014 7:53 PM CST
I had to pop back in here and let you know how very pleased I am with how well this is working out for me. I'm simply amazed at the amount of produce I've been able to grow and harvest in two areas just 12" wide by 8' long!
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There are two types of beans in the closest area, and beans and cucumbers in the other space. My ornamental grasses and flowers are quite happy growing behind, amongst and between these as well. This space and step-saving method is fabulous! Thanks again!

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Aug 3, 2014 5:09 AM CST
That looks wonderful, chelle. Thanks for posting the updated picture. Vertical is definitely a space-saver. Thumbs up
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Aug 3, 2014 9:58 AM CST
I did this with fence stakes, and wire fencing that we removed to open up a pasture. It's not as neat as paneling, but much cheaper.

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I weave whatever branches have grown back thru the wire each day.

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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Aug 3, 2014 4:46 PM CST
Nice, tk111.
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