Build Your Own Bad-To-the-Bone Cedar Garden Trellis

John from built a pretty sweet trellis for pumpkin growing… and shows you how he did it in this video:

I’ve been blessed with a big yard so growing vertically isn’t as pressing a need for me as it is for some of you folks who are growing on more limited plots. Getting things to go up, rather than sprawl, is particularly important if you have a tiny backyard.

Even though I’m not limited by space, there are some crops I grow that need to be trellised. Yard-long beans and West Indian gherkins will do terribly unless they can climb… and a lot of other vining crops are the same way.

If you really want a cheap trellis, you can cut and lash branches or bamboo together. I’ve done this and it works for a season or two. A better option are cattle or hog panels, which are basically a really thick gauge of galvanized fencing. They look a bit redneck compared to John’s set up, but they’ll last a lot longer.

A final option is to tack nails into a wooden fence and run strings in between them. I’ve done that with varying levels of success.

One of these days I’m going to build a big awesome trellis in my garden. Until then, I’ll just envy John’s.

About David The Good

David The Good is a naturalist, author and hard-core gardener who has grown his own food since 1984. At age five, he sprouted a bean in a Dixie cup of soil and caught the gardening bug. Soon after, his dad built an 8’ by 8’ plot for him and David hasn’t stopped growing since. David is the author of four books, writes a regular column for The Ag Mag in North Central Florida, is a Mother Earth News blogger and has also written for outlets including Backwoods Home, Survival Blog and Self-Reliance Magazine. You can find his books on Amazon here. David is a Christian, an artist, a husband, a father of seven, a cigar-smoker and an unrepentant economics junkie who now lives somewhere near the equator on a productive cocoa farm. Visit his daily gardening and survival blog here: The Survival Gardener And for lots more gardening info, click here and subscribe to his often hilarious YouTube channel.

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