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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 18, 2014 4:33 PM CST
This is an idea that I saw on Facebook last year -- it was on the Botanical Interests Seed Packets page (which is a pretty interesting page, with lots of intriguing ideas, if you "do" Facebook).

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I used a hoop house frame that I had purchased on ebay a couple of years back (the cover that came with the frame had deteriorated after one summer), and covered it with "remesh" (welded wire mesh for reinforcing concrete). I've planted cucumbers, gourds, mini pumpkins and acorn squash on either side, with some onion plants on the inside. So far this is where it's at --

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Stayed tuned for future developments!
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jun 20, 2014 10:53 AM CST
How wonderful! I will certainly be looking forward to your updates!
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Jewell
Jun 28, 2014 10:20 AM CST
Yes sandy, can't wait to see how it turns out. Keep us posted.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 17, 2014 1:51 PM CST
I think I may have put a few too many plants around this thing -- I'm having trouble getting everything trained on the trellis! I'm going to start trimming a few of the leaves off the bottom so that I can get to the vines themselves easier...

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jul 17, 2014 4:33 PM CST
It's definitely an every day job steering growing vines to where you want them especially when lateral vines start growing. You can't skip a day! I learned that long ago with Morning Glory's. I've also learned in some cases where it doesn't really matter just to let them go where they want.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 17, 2014 6:26 PM CST
It's amazing how fast they grow!! And one of the gourds has spines on the stem like a cactus plant, so that's adding a whole new dimension to the project Hilarious!
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jul 17, 2014 7:19 PM CST
Gardening hurts sometimes.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 29, 2014 6:43 PM CST
The plants are really starting to go crazy now -- there are lots of little gourds in there, hope they have time to mature so I can dry them !

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jul 29, 2014 8:24 PM CST
Oh wow Sandy! That looks awesome!
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 29, 2014 9:19 PM CST
Anne, it really is exceeding my expectations!! (I just hope those tendrils hanging down don't grab my hair one of these days... )
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Name: Turtle
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Turtle
Aug 23, 2014 9:45 PM CST
That looks fabulous! How's it going now?

(A shower cap if it gets too frightful?) Smiling
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 26, 2014 8:21 PM CST
This project (or, as my husband has taken to calling it, my "overgrown chia pet") is now officially out of control! I did a LOT of pruning on it today...

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Victims of the pruning
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Aug 26, 2014 8:28 PM CST
That's awesome! WTG!
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lovemyhouse
Aug 26, 2014 8:58 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Overgrown chia pet. That is a really good one.

Wonderful idea and looks great. Thumbs up
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jvdubb
Aug 27, 2014 11:09 AM CST
My gosh! How much fun is that? I might have to do that next year!
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Aug 30, 2014 1:11 PM CST
lovemyhouse said: Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Overgrown chia pet. That is a really good one.

Wonderful idea and looks great. Thumbs up


I agree Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Cantillon
Sep 3, 2014 11:51 AM CST
Very impressive, one for the file, thank you.

Peter I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Oct 12, 2014 7:24 PM CST
I picked all my gourds today and pulled the vines off the trellis (no small task, I really had them woven into that wire!)

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I think next year I'll grow more edible things and fewer gourds... and fewer plants overall! Smiling

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Oct 12, 2014 8:07 PM CST
Wow! That's impressive!
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gardengus
Oct 13, 2014 2:30 PM CST
I agree
Looks like the trellis would work for cucumbers.
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