how do you tie a zucchini to a stake...

just.keep.digging(6a)May 2, 2012

Hello, im tryin to grow my zucs vertically. I planted them between 2-4 inches away from a home depot u channel post. How/where do i tie them to the post? They dont have any clear parts on the stem, do i have to wait till they are bigger? They are about 8 in tall & 1 ft wide. Do i just wrap the tie (im using panty hose) around the stem leaves & all to tie it up. Im also going to put nylon netting around them. Does that make a difference in how i should do anything. Sorry for all the ?s this is my 1st time ever trying to grow vertically & i cannot find any clear instructions on how to do this. Any advice/links/pictures would be a great help! Thanks!

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Max_G(9b)

You may need to add horizontal bars or rods to the U-channel post to have something for the plants to grab onto or to provide something for ties to wrap around without slipping downward. Another idea is to attach a piece of welded livestock panel to the post, either resting on ground or securely fastened to the post a few inches off the ground.

For ties you could thread them through holes drilled in the U-channel post. It's much easier to add horizontal bars or wire if you use 2 or more posts.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 5:31AM
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just.keep.digging(6a)

I was planning on doing 4 dowels around each plant & wrapping nylon netting around those. I hadnt thought about the ties slipping. Do do think if i wrapped the tie around the plant & then wrapped it around the little "j" type hook on the post it would work? If not there are holes in the posts that i could use. I would like to do a "wall" of zucs next year. Any ideas on how i could set that up? Maybe using the welded livestock fence? Hmmm now im going to be dreaming up all sorts of stuff lol

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 9:49AM
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just.keep.digging(6a)

I was planning on doing 4 dowels around each plant & wrapping nylon netting around those. I hadnt thought about the ties slipping. Do do think if i wrapped the tie around the plant & then wrapped it around the little "j" type hook on the post it would work? If not there are holes in the posts that i could use. I would like to do a "wall" of zucs next year. Any ideas on how i could set that up? Maybe using the welded livestock fence? Hmmm now im going to be dreaming up all sorts of stuff lol

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 10:39AM
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Max_G(9b)

I'd need to see a picture of the post to be sure, but the "j" hook would seem to be adequate.

For a wall of zucchinis, a livestock panel would work fine, typically, they measure 50" tall and 16' long. If you use three 6' t-posts, you could have it all setup in about 10 or 15 minutes.

I am planning to set up 2 panels in parallel about 30" apart for my tomatoes.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 5:47AM
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