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So, I'm fairly new to gardening, so I don't know half as much as i'd like to, but i got to thinking; what if I were to grow cucumbers and runner beans or any other climbing plant/veg up a cylindrical chicken wire frame stacked with soil/manure/compost inside, would the little 'feelers' that grasp for support then begin to root in the soil? Or if not the 'feelers' prehaps the stems that make contact with the soil may begin to root? If that did happen, would it provide an even more stable root structure? Would it then boost the amount of nutrient and water absorption? And the yield?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give


  • B3B3 Posts: 26,560

    Watering might be  problem as the water would come out the sides before it reached the middle of your structure. Maybe you could use one of those watering system efforts. I can't remember what  they're called.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • ÅrudÅrud Posts: 2

    Well i was thinking that in the centre of said structure you could have a guttering downpipe with a multitude of small holes throughout to act as drainage, fill that pipe with some sand and kitchen waste and keep it toped up with kitchen waste ( maybe a cap on the top, 2L bottle top cut off maybe?) The worms should get in there and do their work while it all leaks into the surrounding soil, and if you watered through that pipe it should in theory retain a lot of moisture. But I don't know if climbers would appreciate the soil at such heights.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,967

    The short answer is no.
    Squashes often produce roots where stems touch the ground, but not beans or, as far as I know, cucumbers. As B3 has said watering would be tricky and I can't see any benefit whatsoever for a lot of trouble and effort.
    You could grow strawberries etc on such a structure and that would work

    Billericay - Essex

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,312

    te compost would fall out through chicken wire, as well as the water

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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