Monday, August 6, 2012

Climbing to New Heights

What does the trellis in your garden look like?

In my old vegetable garden, it was a piece of cattle panel attached to T-posts, with another panel curved over the top. A tunnel for the vertically-challenged, if you will. It wasn't gorgeous, but it did the trick. It sure was convenient to pick green beans off that trellis. I didn't have to reach too far or bend over too much or squat in the dirt.

But the beans had no where to go. I made the trellis for me, but not for my crop. So before the summer was over, beans were climbing over everything else. Hrumph...

We launch this Blog, entitled "Trellis," as a support scaffolding for the Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Programs working with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension all across the state. We're here to provide support for MG programs to grow on and a background to enhance and showcase the Extension educational programming going on in communities all across Georgia. We pledge to extend the trellis, giving room for local programs and volunteers to grow and stretch themselves.

What's your ideal "trellis"?


  1. I'm excited about this "Trellis". I've had the opportunity to visit five other MG chapters across north Georgia in the past few months and learned so much about how they run their meetings, what projects they have, fund raisers, programs and on and on that I could bring back to my chapter. It's great to have a forum to do that now. Keep up the good work.

  2. Congrats to Paulding. What is the "Outstanding Extension Program".

  3. Sorry to say, my garden trellis is bare. The dear eat up everything before I have a chance! However, on my MG trellis, a group of MGers in my county have been holding monthly seminars for the community on garden related topics. Although it took a couple of months to get a good following, the response has been very positive. We've also utilized a Facebook page to reach the community. Interestingly, we got "likes" from all over the state and country!

  4. This may be a little off topic but as the biggest garden entity in the world the Master Gardeners can and should do more. We should be thinking bigger.Gardening is not just gardening, it is a respect for the planet and a hope and plan for the future. We use our oceans as a giant commode. We don't concern ourselves with which animals will be the next to go extinct. We are poor stewards of the earth. Let's define the problem: Is it pollution? global warming? Welfare? All of these things are caused by overpopulation. But no one wants to address the topic of population. Especially population control.

  5. I love the title and layout of your blog! We just started ours recently here in Delaware County Ohio as well.