Introduction: Making Climbers Climb
Growing up rather than out is a good way to save space in the garden. You also get to enjoy lots of great vine plants such as sugar snap peas, pole beans, moonflowers, bougainvillea, and clematis. Adding a trellis or some other vertical structure to your garden also gives you a whole new dimension of visual interest.
Climbing is a parasitic behaviour that saves a plant the effort of making a strong trunk or stems of its own. There are several distinct strategies. Ivy uses specialised roots that work into tiny fissures in tree bark or a wall, while clematis has leafstalks that twist around the stems of another plant to anchor it as it grows. Cucumber plants have tendrils that wrap around another stem and then pull the plant up by coiling up the tendrils.
1. Any sapling of a climber. (Considering bottle gourd here)
2. Plastic net (dimensions depend on how much space you have in your backyard)
3. Old metal wires (just some scrap metal to serve the purpose of tieing)
Step 1: Defining the Boundary
The first and the most crucial step is to define a boundary region where you would want the tendrils to grow. My backyard had an old rusty staircase that was an ideal location.
You have to see how much area would be covered and accordingly cut the plastic net.
Step 2: Holding the Net Into Place
The next step is to tie the plastic net using any metal wire. Ensure that the structure is strong and keep in mind that it should withstand harsh weather conditions.
I tied each wire with a plier to ensure the nets don't move.
Step 3: Guide the Climber to It's Companion
Climbing plants normally start by creeping along the floor until they reach a stem. Although the point of climbing is to escape the shade, some tropical climbers begin by growing away from the light, because this makes them more likely to reach a tree trunk. Once they touch something, the physical contact triggers chemical changes that stimulate the climbing behaviour and the plant begins to grow against the direction of gravity.
That's all folks! All you have to do now is to water it regularly and enjoy the healthy organic farming at your backyard.
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