Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Trellis Building Day




Today I designated as Trellis Building Day since my snap pea sprouts are gaining about two inches a day! The tallest ones measured just over 10" this morning. The container gardening book that Dawn gave me was and continues to be a wealth of information, and my idea came from within its pages. The book is McGee & Stuckey's The Bountiful Container. I am using it more as a reference book than as a cover-to-cover read, though I have skimmed a great deal of it. My sugar snap pea's  trellis is designed after the tee pee structure shown on page 40 of that lovely little book.

Today my Mom and I went to Ace Hardware with the mission of gathering materials for  constructing the trellis. I grabbed 5 36" wooden dowel rods. Turns out that was all I needed since I already have stashes of  hemp and yarn for binding.  I stuck the dowel rods into the soil along the perimeter of the pot, trying to be careful not to tear any roots on the way down. I gathered the top ends of the rods and wrapped them tightly together with red yarn. (I tried hemp first, but it seemed to slide too much against the smooth wood. The yarn seemed to catch better and stay put.)  After connecting them at the top, I reinforced them with a little more potting soil around the buried ends and packed them in tight.

About 10" above the soil, I wrapped another bit of red yarn from dowel to dowel, partially as a height marker and also as the first thing the plants can grab onto on the way up.  I did the same thing about 5" further up.  I am surprised at how sturdy it is and I have high hopes for this little edifice of mine. 

By the time I was done creating and photographing the trellis, I was ready to move on to the other seeds that I picked up at Ace. While I don't want to go hog wild and have pots of dirt everywhere, I am well on my way. I planted some Tokyo White Onions (which are basically skinny green onions) in a ceramic pot and dill seeds went into a plastic "terra cotta" pot.  That means, including the 3 house plants I already had, I now have 6 pots that need sunlight.  Time to slow down for a bit and focus on what I've started.  I really hope the dill explodes into a massive handful of the stuff. On my agenda: Persian dill rice with pistachios. Mmmmm........


2 Comments:

Blogger GenyphurMarie117 said...

You know, the one complaint I have about my apartment is that there isn't any good place to put plants. I had some herbs when I first moved in but there was just nowhere to set them that they got enough sun.

February 25, 2009 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger BarefootAdrianne said...

Well, the only creative solution I could offer is to put any plants perhaps across from a window with a strategically positioned mirror to bring the sun to it.

It is true though, that most apartments get only 4-5 hours of good light a day, even with outdoor space. bummer to us renters whose plants still require 8 hours of light.

Let me know if this little suggestion helps or if I am full of crap. :)

February 25, 2009 at 6:28 PM  

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