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Is there anything more satisfying and delicious than growing your own food? From the first tender tips of asparagus in spring to the tasty tang of summer’s homegrown tomatoes, a garden filled with beautiful, productive plants provides a terrific sense of accomplishment—and fabulous, fresh meals. In order to grow such an amazing harvest, though, it’s important to figure out the best vegetable garden layout for your space and the plants you want to grow. Here’s how to do it.

D.I.Y. Trellis

A trellis can be a great structure for keeping climbing vegetables like peas, pole beans, and cucumbers off the ground. It also can be a head-turning addition to your garden landscape. One of the easiest trellises to create is one with a teepee-style frame. To build it, you only need four 6-foot bamboo stakes and either garden twine or a few long zip-ties.

  1. First, mix 3 inches of Nature’s Care® Organic Garden Soil into the top 6 inches of the existing soil in the area in which you want to plant. This will improve the quality of the soil by adding organic matter to provide nutrition to your plants.
  2. To put the trellis together, anchor one end of each stake in the ground in a circle and bring the other ends together. Secure the gathered ends with garden twine or zip-ties to form a teepee.
  3. Plant young plants around the base of each stake. To get the most out of the structure, guide your plants as they grow, loosely tying vines to the stakes with garden twine when needed.
  4. After a month, begin to feed your plants with Nature’s Care® Natural All-Purpose Water Soluble Plant Food, to keep them supplied with nutrients. Follow the directions on the label for best results.


Now, watch your plants climb to new heights — literally.

Garden Trellis: Bonnie DIY Veggie Trellis
Bamboo poles come together to form a simple, attractive trellis.
Garden Trellis: adding soil to Bonnie DIY Veggie Trellis area
Before you construct the trellis, though, you need to prep the soil.
Garden Trellis: Bonnie DIY Veggie Trellis Plant Food
Using water soluble plant food is a real timesaver, allowing you to feed while you water
Garden Trellis: Bonnie DIY Veggie Trellis Getting Started
Be sure to anchor poles by pushing them several inches into the soil.
Garden Trellis: building the Bonnie DIY Veggie Trellis
Using garden twine to secure the stakes adds a rustic look to the trellis.
Garden Trellis: Harvesting from Bonnie DIY Veggie Trellis
Not only does the trellis keep plants off the ground, but it makes it easier to harvest, too.

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