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Old 04-21-2010, 10:02 PM   #11
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I'd be out there quite frequently yes. What specifically does "training" mean though? I'm literally a total newb at this whole gardening prospect. I assume you mean nudging and tying them in the direction I want them to grow?
It involves lots of whips and chains and probably some sort of shock collar.....


It means moving the growing tip from the chair it is ensnaring, to the pole you want it to climb.


You then scream (preferably in german) STAY!!!!!!!!STAY!!!!!!!!!STAAAAAAAY!
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:03 PM   #12
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you have to help the bines wrap around what you want them to. when growing vertically, once you get them started they usually do it themselves naturally. If you want them to go in a specific direction, especially horizontally, you have to help them along. They will keep trying to grow up towards the sky and not along whatever axis you're trying to get them to go.

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I did have one other thought which may work. The top rail of my deck is within a foot or so of my roof line on the back of the house (like I said, I'm on a steep hill. The pool is actually dug into the hillside *above* my house). I could possibly string twine from the deck rail back to the roof and let them grow horizontally on that, if that's feasible. I'm trying to find a way to keep the plants from being visible from the road below. Since I'm on a hillside, that means keeping them no higher than my roof.

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I did have one other thought which may work. The top rail of my dead is within a foot or so of my roof line on the back of the house (like I said, I'm on a steep hill. The pool is actually dug into the hillside *above* my house). I could possibly string twine from the deck rail back to the roof and let them grow horizontally on that, if that's feasible. I'm trying to find a way to keep the plants from being visible from the road below. Since I'm on a hillside, that means keeping them no higher than my roof.
Aside from the fact that you Rail your dead (very poor taste old man) that is freaking BRILLIANT!!!!!

You have to do that.
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Snagged a 4 pack of rhizomes from that ebay seller today. I guess we'll see next week. It's late in the season to start this, should have done it a few weeks back, but what the hell.

Hope I bought the correct stuff. I just got 1 of 4 different varieties to plant in different spots.

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I would plant them in spots that will lend themselves to growing onto the roof.

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