photo credit: Mike the Gardener
|This past weekend I was able to get about 80% of my gardening done. Motherís Day is always my personal kickoff to growing and planting my fruits, vegetables and herbs outdoors. While I have already had in the ground, such items, as Kale, Cabbage, Leeks, Radish and Peas, the real fun is when the tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are going.
Over Motherís Day weekend I was able to accomplish the peppers, tomatoes and finally the cucumbers. But before I could plant cucumbers, I needed to put up the trellis. Iíd rather grow my cucumbers vertically. I know I will use less space, and get a lot more. Here is the trellis that I built.
The Supplies for This Particular Garden TrellisI used some basic supplies that can be purchased at a local home center, and while I did use some power tools to make the job go faster, you can definitely use hand tools in their place. This particular garden trellis is constructed out of two long vertical posts, and shorter horizontal post, welded wire fencing, some outdoor deck screws, zip ties, and two garden stakes to secure it into place.
Garden Trellis FrameThese are nothing more than two by two long pieces of pine. The vertical posts are eight feet long, and the horizontal post is four feet long. I purchased 3 eight foot long pieces and of course cut one of them in half to make up the horizontal post.
Welded Wire FencingI purchased a large roll of the welded wire fencing because it was fairly cheap, and I will be using the remaining amount on another project. The fencing is sturdy and will work nicely to support our cucumber vines as they work their way up over the season.
Deck ScrewsI have a box of three inch and one and a half inch deck screws in my garage from a project that I worked on a few years back. I decided to use the three inch screws to attach the vertical and horizontal frame posts together. It held much better than I thought it would.
Zip TiesInstead of permanently attaching the welded wire fence to the frame, I decided to zip tie it. Zip ties are very inexpensive. If I decided that I want to break down the trellis at the end of the year for storage reasons, I can simply cut away the zip ties, roll the fence back up, disassemble the frame and stack them together.
Garden StakesI used wooden garden stakes to secure the trellis to something that was firmly embedded into the ground. Iíll explain more on that in a moment.
Measure and Cut Your Garden Trellis to SizeThe first thing I did was measure the size of my trellis. I know I wanted to go up eight feet, so I did not need to cut my vertical posts. What I needed to do was measure the width of the garden bed where my trellis was going and make sure my horizontal frame piece was the size I needed. I wonít put in exact measurements here because yours will vary.
Connect The Garden Trellis Frame PostsAs mentioned earlier, I used the three inch deck screws to attach the pieces together. First I drilled pilot holes so the wood would not crack or split when I attached the pieces with the three inch screws. As you can see in the photo, I used two screws to connect each side of the horizontal piece to the two vertical pieces. You will also notice in the photo a triangle piece at each top corner of the frame. I had some old plywood in the garage so I cut forty-five degree corner supports to add some extra strength at the top. As you can see, that is attached with one and a half inch deck screws.
Vertical Gardening Trellis with Mike the Gardener
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Attach the Welded Wire Fence to the Garden Trellis FrameNow that we have our frame assembled it was time to attach the fence. To do this I used zip ties. I could have used a number of different solutions, but I had a bag of zip ties in the garage so I gave them a try. I wrapped a zip tie around the frame and through the fencing about every six to eight inches. I started at the top of the frame and worked my way down one side and then connected the other side. My garden trellis was now completely assembled. Itís time to stand it up in the garden.
Put the Garden Stakes in the GroundI knew where my garden trellis was going so, using a rubber mallet, I pounded the garden stakes into the ground. The garden stakes I used were a little over three feet tall. I put them in the ground at nearly two feet deep. That will definitely give it plenty of support.
Attach Your Garden Trellis to the StakesThe Final step is to attach the garden trellis to the stakes. For this you will need either a helping hand to hold one side of the trellis or some clamps. I used both. I clamped the trellis to the stakes and my son held the other side for additional support. He wanted to help dad in the garden. Using my drill, I drilled pilot holes through the garden stakes and in the trellis frame. I then screwed the one and a half inch screws to secure the frame to the stakes. As some extra support I also zip tied them together. Actually the kids wanted to do this last step so they could use the zip ties. Every little bit helps right?
|Thatís it! The garden trellis is up and ready to accept those cucumber vines. I went ahead and planted my cucumbers, I am growing straight eights and white wonders this year, at the base of the welded wire fencing. The cucumbers will have no problem climbing.|
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