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LOCATION:
Retail Construction Services, Inc.
11343 39th Street N.
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

From HWY 36 - go south on Lake Elmo Ave, turn left onto 39th Street, garden is at corner of 39th and Laverne.
From HWY 5- going west from Stillwater take right onto Laverne (near Fury dealership) garden is on the right at corner of Laverne and 39th street.

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7/1/15

New Squash Structure for 2015

Jim and Joy
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Vertical growing is a gardening technique that keeps plants off the ground, improves production and increases usable space.  We will be able to harvest the squash from inside the structure.  

Jim Ashbach in our office has constructed squash structures in his home garden that have proven to be very effective.  Together with Joy Grognet, they put together our first test row for this year.

Zip tying the cattle panel above the ground
Here is Jim’s description of putting together these structures”

“Items used: Fence posts at each corner, 16’ cattle panel and zip ties to hold everything in place. The posts we used are a little small for what we are doing but they will work this year."


"We kept the panels off of the ground so they don’t rust out so fast. We pounded the fence posts in and then set the cattle panel down on the ground on one side and then lifted the other end over the other two posts and set in place and then zip tied onto the fence posts in two places on each post.”

Once the squash fruit develop, we will probably use some type of sling to support each one individually.  If this is successful, we will look at doing this with our cucumbers and other vining crops!

Thank you Jim and Joy for putting this up.  Judging from the pictures, you didn't have any fun at all!! 

- Contributed by Joni Fletty