Making a Garden Trellis

June 11, 2005

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Here's the finished trellis:

By Donna

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Next time you have nice long flexible branches laying around, make a nice heart

A trellis made from branches, shaped like a heart.

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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.

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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.

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Attach a stone at the other end of the string. Put the stone next to the baby plant.

Easy Trellis for Climbing Vegetables

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February 14, 2012

This is a page about creative garden trellis ideas. A unique trellis can become a focal point in your garden. It is a great way to reuse items you already have around the house or a good search mission for your next trip to a garage sale or antique store.

Reuse Chair Back As Trellis in the garden.

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February 13, 2018

Using purchased 2x2 pieces of wood or left over wood scraps and twine you can make a simple pole bean trellis for your garden. This is a page about constructing a simple pole bean trellis.

A trellis with wood poles and rope, for training beans.

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May 14, 2017

You can make an inexpensive and attractive trellis for your garden from bamboo. This is a page about how to make a bamboo trellis.

view of trellis with plant climbing up

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