Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2006
Regional Report

Tool or Gardening Product

Trellises
Trellises provide support for greater fruit production per square foot of soil. More leaf area is exposed to sunlight for more photosynthesis, and more air circulation means less fruit rot and insect damage. Crops grown on a trellis are also cleaner and easier to pick. A trellis of vines can provide shade for a porch, patio, or wall. Some vines need more guidance and anchoring onto the trellis than others, but all will grow strongly upright with proper fertilization and watering.

Clever Gardening Technique

Netting, Rags, and Old Nylons
Support heavy squash and melons growing up trellises with netting or with rags or old nylons. If left unsupported, their weight will drag the vines down from the trellis.

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