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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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Apr 1, 2014 6:27 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b and Fl
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Most excellently neat and tidy!

Thanks so much for sharing! I tip my hat to you.
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Apr 1, 2014 7:14 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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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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Apr 1, 2014 7:25 PM CST
Name: Anna
Central NY (Zone 5a)
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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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Apr 1, 2014 7:53 PM CST
Name: tk
(Zone 8b)

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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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Apr 1, 2014 8:15 PM CST
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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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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Apr 2, 2014 6:18 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
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Thank you, Danita!
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Apr 2, 2014 6:33 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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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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Apr 2, 2014 6:42 AM CST
Name: Anna
Central NY (Zone 5a)
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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. Smiling
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Apr 2, 2014 7:00 AM CST
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Wonderful system and excellent article, thank you for sharing. Smiling
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Apr 2, 2014 7:49 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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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. Smiling
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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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Apr 2, 2014 8:25 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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I love this method - very nice and thank you so much for the photo's too!
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Apr 2, 2014 10:39 AM CST
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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I will have to try that with some melons and squash this year!
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Apr 2, 2014 12:39 PM CST
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Gourd growing on a 16' panel:

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Apr 3, 2014 2:08 PM CST

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Excellent article!
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Apr 12, 2014 5:18 PM CST
Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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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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Aug 2, 2014 7:53 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b and Fl
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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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Aug 3, 2014 5:09 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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That looks wonderful, chelle. Thanks for posting the updated picture. Vertical is definitely a space-saver. Thumbs up
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Aug 3, 2014 9:58 AM CST
Name: tk
(Zone 8b)

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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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Aug 3, 2014 4:46 PM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
Nice, tk111.
I garden for the pollinators.
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