Return to the Wisconsin Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Garden/tree/trellis qs n comments

Posted by MollyMohawk none (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 3, 14 at 14:34

I am new to this forum business. I have about 25 years of gardening experience. But many years of that was experimenting, attempting, fails and successes. I am a big fan of container gardening.
This year I have 5th n 6th generation cherry tomatoes, sunflowers, purple beans, sweet peas and many other 2nd or 3rd generation flowers and peppers etc.

This is our first full summer in our new house outside of Madison. My significant other bought me (to arrive in May) 2 different zone 4 grapes. Dwarf self pollinating peach tree and D.S.P. cherry tree along with 2 dwarf apple trees. I am huge on doing my research but I figure practical advice is always welcomed.

My two main questions are 1. I plan to train/prune my trees into the "bowl" or "goblet" style. 3 prong best? Anyone with any suggestions forhow to go about getting the best quality (not quanitity) from my dwarfs?
2. I am huge on recycling. I'd prefer to use "found" materials for my grapes vine trellis. My original idea was to build a few vertical bicycle tire trellis' for the vines to grow. My questions and concerns are - would the rims be bad for my plants? Rust or burn the vines in the sun heat? Could I paint over them to avoid rust or burning and if so would you recommend Rustolium? Or another paint? (Rustolium has lowest voc and we have used it succesfully in the past with our birds cages)

Any suggestions are very much appreciated. If in Madison area and would like to do a seed trade or trellis supply drop off also would be appreciated.
Thank you!

Follow-Up Postings:

 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 Wisconsin 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