Belleair, FL(Zone 10a)

Which plants need to be supported by trellaces? I know beans & tomatoes do but I have chili peppers that are starting to list to the side & I'm not sure if they need extra support.

Saylorsburg, PA(Zone 6a)

I have always found staking peppers and eggplants helps them. You can use simple bamboo stakes and tie the plants ti them or special cages made for their height. Years ago I bought some from Gardener's Supply but they are now selling a true cage as compared to Burpee's example:

Gardener's Supply's look like this:,default,pd.html

These seem quite expensive but would last.
I'm sure I got mine when they were on sale but I use them every year. You can also buy your own wire and make cages yourself! Lowe's or Home Depot have wire that has been sprayed with a green plastic. I like those because they don't rust and are light weight. It all depends how many plants you are dealing with as to how sophisticated you want your supports to be!

Cucumbers, like pole beans, can use a real trellis since they can climb quite high.

Belleair, FL(Zone 10a)

OK. I'm going to start building the trellace's for my beans, peas, cucumbers, & peppers. Thank u for ur advice!

Contra Costa County, CA(Zone 9b)

All the squash/melon/cuke relatives that are not bush type of plants can be grown on a trellis. The ones with heavier fruit will need help to support that fruit. Nylon stockings work really well. They stretch as the fruit grows. The bush type of squash etc do not need any support.

The bush style of peas and beans can be grown on a trellis, but only need a short one. The vining types, or pole types are great on a trellis. Much easier to harvest!

The smallest tomato plants (like 'Patio') and most determinate types are OK with just a stake or small cage to stabilize them, but the indeterminate types of tomatoes can keep on growing, and growing... and will do really well on a trellis. Pepper plants, Eggplant and most other related plants are more bush-like, and a single stake or a tomato cage is plenty. A trellis is a bit much.

I make a trellis out of 6 x 6 welded wire mesh sold for concrete reinforcing. I cut it into pieces long enough to make the cage size I want, or else I cut it into flat panels and attach it to the same bases I use for hoops. The bases are pieces of pipe attached to the vegetable boxes. An upright stake in this pipe will support the trellis panel.

No Central, AZ(Zone 7b)

Here is a picture I found years ago for an idea of supporting large fruit on a fence.

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Belleair, FL(Zone 10a)

OK. Thank u for the ideas. How do I know if they are bush or pole or vine type? I bought the seed packs & planted but don't remember what kind they were.

Saylorsburg, PA(Zone 6a)

If the beans start climbing then they are pole beans. If they form a bushy mound then they are Bush Beans! Can you remember if you saw the word pole or bush on the packet even if you forgot the variety? I have learned over the years to keep a list of all the packets I buy just in case I lose it before marking the seedlings! If you bought sugar snap peas they can either be the tall climbers or just need about a 2-3 ft. high wire fence to climb on. Some of them are short and stable enough to require no fencing but I like to use it anyway because it helps them stay standing up if there is a heavy wind. They will have attached themselves to the fence.

Belleair, FL(Zone 10a)

I don't remember :( this is my first ever vegetable garden & not keeping track of what seeds I planted (& where I planted them) was 1 of the many lessons I learned.... next year I'll definitely be more organized. As of now I have a bunch of plants growing very well but wont know what half of them are until they start producing.

Saylorsburg, PA(Zone 6a)

Well that will be fun! Daily edible surprises!

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

I still do that and I've been gardening all my almost 49 yrs. Lol

Saylorsburg, PA(Zone 6a)

We all do that but I have started taking plastic knives with a relatively smooth handle and marking what I planted. I plant several varieties of peas and soybeans so it is very easy to keep track for comparison. I mark the handle with a paint pen because the print doesn't fade as quickly as with a permanent marker. I like to compare various varieties to see what to keep and plant again. The knives are easily pushed into the soil. I use them for all my tomato varieties as well! They are very cheap online from Walmart. Otherwise it is difficult to find the knives separately from forks and spoons and in large quantities. I have been gardening here seriously for 35 - 40 years here and am a creature of habit so certain veggies tend to be replanted in the same spots. I know I should do more rotating but it doesn't seem to matter since I always add amendments each year to rejuvenate the soil. That at least tells me generally what has been planted where even if I forget the name of the variety!

Belleair, FL(Zone 10a)

The knives are a great idea! & its good to know I'm not the only 1 who does this

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

I have 1000s of regular plant tags and I still get them mixed up. This year has been better but I'm going for perfect! I sowed tomato seeds for Solar Fire and Solar Flare. According to my labels I only planted Solar Fire. I was wondering why I had tags left over. The plants have different leaves now I just have to wait for the fruit.

Piedmont, SC

do you think potatoes will make from voluntary peelings that must of had some eyes om them ,these are from my composting barrel?

Charlotte, NC(Zone 7b)

bloompicker - anything's possible. I would not advise trying to transplant them. Let us know if you get potatoes from your peelings.

Burien, WA(Zone 7b)

I have potatoes growing at the edge of the compost pile.

No Central, AZ(Zone 7b)

I have had potatoes and squash plants sprout out fro compost pile. Squash were sterile, but had a bunch of small potatoes - once I identified what the plants were here in DG!

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