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Making a Garden Trellis

You can support your climbing vines and personalize your garden by making your own unique trellis. This is a guide about making a garden trellis.

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October 19, 2015 Flag
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Next time you have nice long flexible branches laying around, make a nice heart
trellis like my husband did for me. If I recall right, it was branches from a mulberry

A trellis made from branches, shaped like a heart.
bush we cut down. He twisted baling wire around to attach smaller branches, kind of woven. It is still good as the day he did it, Spring 2013

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    June 11, 2005 Flag
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    homemade garden trellis

    I'm attempting once again to grow birdhouse gourds. They work well in hills with a lot of area to spread, but I don't have a large area to spare. They also will climb, so I'm trying it this way this year. I needed a trellis, and made my own from items I already had in the house.

    base pot

    I have three plants in an oblong plastic planter, like a window box. I screwed in 5 eyebolts on the rim of the plastic, evenly spaced.

    I wanted my trellis to stretch to the upper part of my back porch, which is sided in rough-sawn cedar. I centered a cup hook over where the center of the planter will be placed. I measured one foot and inserted another cup hook, placing two more to the left and two more to the right of the center hook. This makes a span of 4 feet, giving my trellis a gentle fan shape. You can use any measurement you want.

    cup hooks

    I used crochet cotton which I already had. I'm sorry that I don't know the yardage I used, but it wouldn't take a lot. You can use sturdy yarn or twine, maybe even ribbon. First, I threaded the string through all five of the eyebolts on the plastic planter , ending with the far right, and tied a knot. Then I strung the string up to the cup hook in the cedar and back down again to the same eyebolt. I held the string under the eyebolt, pulled it to the next eyebolt to the left, then up to the cuphook and down again.

    vertical lines

    When all 5 vertical strings are done, bring the string up against the end string about six inches, or to the vertical measurement you want. I didn't measure this part. Tie a half-hitch knot in the string, then again. Bring the string to the second vertical stringer, tie a double half-hitch again to anchor it.

    Repeat across until you reach the 5th stringer. Step back and see if the horizontal string looks level to you, if not the knots slide up and down the string a bit for adjustment. Take your string vertically along the end stringer to the distance you want and tie double half-hitch again, then go across the stringers.

    horizontal lacing

    Keep going in this pattern until you come to the top of the stringers, cut string after the final knot. I didn't worry about sagging horizontal strings, I was making mine for utility, not beauty. The funny thing is, before I was finished, the middle plant had already grabbed ahold of the string to climb.

    continuing lacing

    Here's the finished trellis:

    finished trellis

    By Donna

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    September 1, 2012 Flag

    bean trellisOur kids planted pole beans this year and we needed a simple trellis for the beans to grow on. My husband found some pieces of 2x2 wood, leftover from another project, and cut 3 pieces to the same length. He sunk them into the soil in a triangle formation around where the plants were growing. Then he wrapped thin rope around the wood for the vines to climb on. It has worked really well.

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    August 8, 2014 Flag
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    One of the most inexpensive trellises to make!

    finished trellis with vine growing up


    • 2 bamboo poles
    • 1 bamboo (accordion-style lattice fence panel
    • zip ties (I used white)
    • jute twine (or yarn if you want color)
    • sharp scissors
    • tape measure
    • paint or sealant (optional)


    1. Decide how wide you want the trellis to be. Stretch the fencing until it is the desired width, then measure the height of the expandable fencing. Put the poles into the ground at the desired width, putting them at a distance that allows for the fencing to extend past the poles so that you can attach it to the poles. NOTE: We placed the poles on top of the ground and stretched out the expandable fencing to figure out how far apart the poles should be.
    2. Once the poles are in the ground, zip tie the two top corners, then the two bottom ones to keep the trellis in place. Zip tie the trellis to the poles every five to ten inches. Go down both sides securing the expandable fencing all the way down to the ground, with the excess parts of the ties in the back so that they don't show. Once it is secure, cut the excess off of each zip tie.
    3. attaching bamboo to poles with zip ties
    4. Cover the zip ties with the jute twine. Then plant your climbing plants in front of the trellis. If the trellis is going to hold a lot of weight you may want to place the zip ties closer together.
    5. top down viewcovering zip ties with twineview of trellis with plant climbing up
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    June 4, 2010 Flag
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    Use hard wood branches you have pruned to at least five feet long in your garden as a trellis for climbing vines. It's perfect for sweet peas or peas. Looks absolutely pretty too.

    By Bea 1549

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    May 12, 2014 Flag
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    Attach the end of a string to a bamboo stick or any other wood tutor. Stitch tutor vertically into the ground. Attach a stone at the other end of the string. Put the stone next to the baby plant. The plant will climb along the string. Easy Trellis for Climbing Vegetables

    Harvesting will be easier and the plant receives more sun than when climbing vertically on the very tutor. The plant will not be contaminated by any fungi or rot that could start at the foot of the wood tutor. The tutor should be about 5 1/2 feet. You could also use camping tent pegs if you don't have stones.

    Hope this help!


      Editor's Note: A Tutor or Tuteur is another term for trellis.

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