Durable Trellis For Vine Veggies

Jun Perez in his sitao plantation. Note the tarpaulin trimmings used as trellis material above his head.
Jun Perez (right) explains to Dennis Villanueva of East-West Seed how to twist the tarpaulin trimming before using it as trellising material.
Jun Perez in his sitao plantation. Note the tarpaulin trimmings used as trellis material above his head.
Jun Perez in his sitao plantation. Note the tarpaulin trimmings used as trellis material above his head.

Vine vegetables like sitao, ampalaya, upo, patola and others are good money-makers. But you have to provide them with trellis for support.

  
If you ask Pedro ‘Jun’ Perez of Tiaong, Quezon, he will tell you that the best trellising material for such crops as per his experience is a little known material that is a waste product in the manufacture of tarpaulin. It is the trimmings that are about three-fourths of an inch wide, and very long.
 
He has been using this for five years now in his 8,000-square meter sitao plantation near where he lives. He believes that his trellis could be serviceable for many more years because the strands are still in shape and practically undamaged.
  
Usually, other farmers use nylon cord or steel wire for trellising. These are not as lasting as the tarpaulin trimmings, according to Jun.
 
One roll that is 40 kilos costs about P700. About 20 rolls worth P14,000 would be enough for one hectare. In the case of his 8,000-square meter sitao plantation, he spent a total of P60,000 including the posts and labor. That could easily be recovered from the harvest from vine crops grown.
 
At the time of our visit to his farm (Oct. 22, 2013), he was harvesting 200 kilos of pods every other day from his sitao. The going price then was P50 per kilo so he was making P10,000 every other day.
 
Jun has his own strategy in growing his sitao. He observes that most other farmers plant their sitao at the beginning of the rainy season. He waits for a couple of months before he sows his own crop. That way, when the other farmers have finished harvesting from their plants, his sitao will be productive and he will normally have the market for himself.
 
Jun is really smart not only in choosing his trellising material but also in timing his planting.
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