New trellis for collapsed rose & tips for homegrown fruit

January 6th, 2011 Posted in fruit trees, garden projects, roses

Happy New Year!

Christmas cactus

It’s tough to leave the holidays behind, but it’s time to get crackin’ in the garden.

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So, the day after Christmas, we nabbed supplies for the first project on my list. In the November winds, the heavy Cecile Brunner rose and her ancient (ugly) trellis on the shed collapsed. Normally, we don’t do intense rose pruning until mid-February, but I couldn’t wait until then. Plus, this is a tough old gal who doesn’t get flustered by a little frost. In fact, she was already cranking out new buds. I also chopped the youngster on the other side and removed its trellis.

I didn’t want to hunt around for scraps of cattle panel, since I had Greg’s assistance for 3 hours. Strike while the iron is hot, you know? Instead, we got a roll of garden fencing; not as sturdy, but good enough, and it fit in my car.  I’ve got lots of plans for the leftovers!

garden fencing rose trellis
Instead of making sides for it, we just got 2 x 2 cedar for top, bottom, and middle. Two 8′ lengths did the trick for both sides. After cutting, Greg drilled the holes, but nailed them up first as guide points. Once I confirmed they were level, he pulled them out, drilled the holes in the wall, and then screwed in the cedar with 3″ drywall screws. To attach the fencing, he hammered in poultry net staples.

garden fence trellis detail with cedar

Trellis detail poutry staples

Since I didn’t want to cut the roses completely down, I hunkered on the ground, pulling supple, but thorny Cecile away from the scene of action. Not much blood was shed.

I’ve had to cut her back before after a wind collapse, and the facelift always helps. While I had her so chopped up, I could also get in and remove the thick dead canes that really bugged me.

We love the new clean look!  Right now, I’ve propped the canes up on each other, but this weekend I’ll get the twine out to anchor and shape. After that, I’ll just weave the canes onto each other.

rose trellis with garden fencing and cedar

The advantage to this trellis, too, is that it’s away from the wall, especially since we anchored to the trim for extra depth. And with drywall screws, we can easily remove it when the day comes to paint the shed (next project, but that’s a secret!).

Since questions about growing fruit hit my e-box a lot these days, CTG launches the spring season with a few really easy ones to grow. Tom meets with Jim Kamas, Fredericksburg Texas AgriLife Extension Fruit Specialist. Along with general tips for fruit care, he highlights the easiest to grow: pears, pomegranates and figs.

Osborne fig, photo by Jim Kamas

He’s testing lots of new varieties that are really supreme, so keep an eye out for them.

Sumbar pomegranate, Jim Kamas photo

Nijisseiki pear, Jim Kamas photo

Here are some great resources for home fruit growing of all kinds.

Meet Jim in person at The Natural Gardener at 10 a.m. on January 15 for his free talk, “Growing Fruits, Nuts, and Berries in Central Texas.”  The Travis County Master Gardeners are hosting tons of great free workshops, too. Visit CTG’s calendar for what’s coming up.

Daphne answers viewer Betty Fields’ question about what’s going on with her figs. Her Brown Turkey fig loses its leaves in October. They shrivel, turn brown, and flat fall off.

Fig rust Jim Kamas photo

This is a symptom of fig rust, which can be managed with applications of copper hydroxide or copper sulfate in May or early June. Find out more.

Trisha picks her favorite persimmons to grow, and shares a few yummy recipes.

Since the nursery stampede is upon us, grower Jim Lidgey gives us a tour of Joss Growers where seeds and cuttings begin under watchful eyes until they’re ready for you.

Jim Lidgey, Joss Growers, Georgetown Texas

For good food from the ground up, check out Cecilia Nasti’s Field & Feast for articles, links, and podcasts of her Saturday and Sunday broadcast on KUT 90.5 FM. This week features Renee Studebaker of Renee’s Roots.

Until next week, Linda

  1. 14 Responses to “New trellis for collapsed rose & tips for homegrown fruit”

  2. By Linda on Jan 6, 2011

    I wish I lived in a subdivision where I could garden freely and not be stalked and threatened by scary homeowner association (HOA) agents. I like watching your program and receiving your newsletters! Linda


    Linda reply on January 6th, 2011 8:33 pm:

    Thanks, Linda! Yes, someday I’m going after scary HOAs. But keep up the good fight! It’ll happen.


  3. By Kathleen Scott on Jan 6, 2011

    Welcome back, Linda. Hope your holidays were refreshing.

    Great trellis idea! I love garden structure made from practical parts. Pam had a picture of a cool planting-wall-in-process up at Digging this week too.


    Linda reply on January 7th, 2011 4:37 pm:

    Hi, Kathleen! Yep, I’m back. I’ve been hunkering down on the Wildflower special, which rocks! I thank you for your help and you’ll see your name in the credits.


  4. By Cindy, MCOK on Jan 7, 2011

    Now that’s a very clever way to create a trellis. I must remember it for use here on my corner of Katy.

    I empathize with your previous commenter. I live in a subdivision with yard police and it took them a while to accept my naturalistic front garden. The best advice I can give her is to start small and gradually condition them to your garden style.


    Linda reply on January 7th, 2011 4:35 pm:

    Hi, Cindy! I’m about to catch up with blogs to see what you’ve been up to.

    Yes, I’m pretty fortunate to live in a “live and let live” neighborhood. I sympathize with others who have such restrictions. But your front garden is so gorgeous and such a great addition to your neighborhood! I bet it’s everyone’s favorite now.


  5. By Jo Dwyer on Jan 7, 2011

    I’d been missing your posts Linda — it’s good to have you back!


    Linda reply on January 7th, 2011 4:34 pm:

    Hi, Jo! I’m about to return to the blog world and catch up with your fabulous posts! Working on the upcoming documentary, combined with computer crashes, and my first cold in years sort of took me out of the loop for a bit.


  6. By Bob Harper on Jan 7, 2011

    A belated but sincere “Happy New Year” to you, dear lady – and to all the CTG group. My life has been much improved once I got onto CTG. Hope all your plants are sturdy and the weeds all die a-borning. Looking forward to many great visits with CTG on Saturdays. Fondly, Bob


    Linda reply on January 7th, 2011 4:32 pm:

    Hi, Bob!

    Happy New Year to you, too. It’s thanks to gardeners like you that CTG is here. Linda


  7. By Doris Martin on Jan 7, 2011

    Even though I’m freezing out here on the llano in New Mexico, I thoroughly enjoy the blog. I have a fig growing in a pot that I hope will live and flourish…it gets moved inside for the winter. The trellis info is very helpful anywhere. thanks.


    Linda reply on January 7th, 2011 4:31 pm:

    Hi, Doris! Great to hear from you. Boy, I’d sure like to come visit your garden. I plan to cover my satsuma orange this weekend, since we’re about to get some nippy weather. Stay in touch with your adventures!


  8. By Caroline on Jan 17, 2011

    Cecille looks so much happier now that’s she’s all tied up and tidy! I like how you engineered the cedar and garden fencing into a trellis. Sounds like the doc work is going well. Happy new year!


    Linda reply on January 17th, 2011 4:04 pm:

    I’m still laughing about your bloom day post. You are so much fun!


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