So, as you know, I added some new garden beds this year. If you’re a regular blog-follower, you saw a picture of my new trellis in my Monday Musings post earlier in the week, but I wanted to go into a little more detail about it. I am all about gardening for produce, but I want things to be aesthetically pleasing and fun for the kids too. I do a lot of companion planning (THIS is an awesome resource) and include flowers and herbs mixed in with my garden veggies. I have had this vision for a while to have a trellis, covered with climbing veggies, that you can walk under. Doesn’t that sound fun?
Well, my vision has become a reality. I love it when that happens! Well, okay, it’s half a reality… I don’t have vining plants climbing up the side yet, but I do have my trellis up, and I wanted to share with you how easy it was to do, in case you want to make your own!
Now, you can buy pre-made arbor that is really nice and ornamental for $200 and upward. For the size I wanted my arbor to cover, buying a pre-made one or several would have been too costly, so I had to go with the DIY method.
Two 4×16 cattle panels, $20 each.
Six electric fence stakes, $1.40 each.
Twist ties, already owned.
I bought the cattle panels and stakes at the local McCoy’s building supply store, but you can also get them at Tractor Supply.
You will need a truck to get them home in, and someone to help you hold it in place as you work with the panels.
Here is the “before”. I dug two beds, approximately 2.5 x 8 ft. long, with 3 ft in-between. The beds face North to South, so that the shadow from the trellis will be thrown in front of the bed and not over the plants. We want to give the plants plenty of sunshine!
These are the stakes. See that little flat triangle?
Well, that part goes downward into the ground… the flat sides keep the pole from twisting once it’s in the ground, and helps secure it in place.
Next, I had my girls help me bend the trellis and get it into place. It took all four of us, but I’m thinking two adults could probably do it as well. The cattle panels are quite sturdy, and don’t “give” easily. Once you get it where you want it, there will be no danger of it caving in with the pressure of the plants or anything.
I used long twist-ties to tie the stakes to the panel everywhere they met.
Now it’s just waiting for climbing plants!
I plan to plant some climbing squash here, along with cucumbers, sour gherkins, and pole beans. I’ll definitely keep you posted with its progress!
Ready for Spring! ~Mama Tutu