Return to the Square Foot Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Barriers to block over-growth into adjacent squares

Posted by pdxmark 8/9 Portland, OR (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 4, 09 at 12:34

As a new gardener I adopted SFG with gusto. I have two beds in which I may have been pushing the limits. One bed has vining winter squash plants along an edge of the bed with the intent that the vines will trail over the path between the beds. The other bed has potatoes. The issue is that I have OTHER veggies in the beds next to the squash & the potatoes, and those other veggies were being crowded/shaded/overwhelmed.

I put a barrier into each bed to keep the wandering Big Boys on their side of the line. I re-used the stiff wire segments to form the hoops of a tunnel cloche earlier in the season. I put the hoops in along the line between the Brutes and the Victims, and secured some summer-weight row cover materials between the hoop and the ground as a sort of semi-circular panel. We'll see if it works.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Barriers to block over-growth into adjacent squares

I just drag the sprawling vines into the yard to redirect them. I'm loosing the battle with the cantaloupe and cucumbers. I have to keep cutting the vines of the cucumbers which are determined to choke out my okra.

RE: Barriers to block over-growth into adjacent squares

I was wondering the same thing. I have about a 3 foot high wire fence around my beds. I knew my cucumbers and pumkins would have really long vines and my plan was to bring them up and over and run them down the slope in my yard. Does that sound ok? 1st year gardener.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Square Foot Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here