I'm growing calendula this year for the first time.
Several months ago I read a most intriguing account of wonderful results as to it's medicinal properties and couldn't wait to grow my own. Click here to read the same article, and you'll also discover one of the best home-making blogs in cyberland. Seriously.
I enjoy growing cucumbers, but I do not like that they ramble and roam everywhere within 30 feet of where they are planted so....
Goodman and I visited the bamboo patch along our fence line...
And extracted several poles so I could make a trellis for the cucumber vines.
We cut and tied them together with twine.
The hollow core of the bamboo poles allows for sliding the poles onto skinny pieces of rebar so I pounded 1/4 in. pieces of rebar into the raised bed where I wanted the trellis, then I "hung" it onto the rebar posts. It's very sturdy and has withstood several storms, and when fall arrives I can simply lift it off the rebar posts and store it for the winter.
In case you are interested in making your own nifty garden trellis here is a link to some very cool and useful lashing methods.