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Lesson learned - plant tall things in the middle before the vines take over!

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Comment by Dave Riley on January 8, 2019 at 10:37

I think the vines will take over anyway. Historically, the traditional tall thing planted among such fare was corn as in the  Three Sisters. That's not the modern corn but the really tall stemmed stuff (Heritage) -- up which the Indians grew beans.

The trick was to plant the corn first and once it reached around 15-20cm, plant the squashes and beans.

In my experiments with both squashes and tomatoes -- aside from moving the stems about and re-positioning them -- a pair of garden scissors can trim them back without too much drama. Just keep an eye on potential fruiting bodies. I've not found much impact on the final harvest.

The problem with pumpkin like plants is that the fruit is usually too heavy for quick or grown trellising.I could be wrong, but after switching to smaller varieties like Hokkaido I'm hopeful of encouraging the vines to climb.

The other great advantage with Hokkaido vines is that because the pumpkins are so showy orange, it is much easier to find them in the jungle.

By the way: what an inspirational patch of veg garden you have,Sid. Keep sharing those family photos.

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