Heads up with a horizontal trellis

Mesh netting to support flower seedlings

Heads up with a horizontal trellis

An adjustable system of stakes and netting keeps flowers from flopping.

Thomas J. Story

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In garden beds, plastic 6-inch by 6-inch mesh netting is practically indispensable. Install it horizontally over cutting-flower seedlings to support varieties that tend to flop over.

'Blue Boy' bachelor's button, carnations, delphiniums, dianthus, lilies, scabiosa, and tall calendulas can grow up through it.

Try the following method to support the netting. (Width varies; seed grower Renee Shepherd and her staff used 4-foot-wide netting to cover the bed in her Felton, California, test garden).

 

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