Conserve Space, Grow Vegetables On A Trellis-Think Vertical Space

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Windshift69 and I have been discussing Trellis gardening. So, here is my observations on Trellis gardening.

  • Gardening on a Trellis is a great way to save space, whether it be in your garden or used on porch and patio container grown vegetables.
  • Trellis grown plants still need about the same number of square square feet for your vines, but, now they are taking up vertical space and not sprawling over valuable garden space.
  • Many crops require little effort and only light supporting materials to hold them up. Beans and peas for example. Other vine plants like tomato’s, squash, cucumbers require a strong trellis secured well to your containers or post in your garden. Keep in mind that a free standing trellis covered with vines catches a lot of wind during storms and required substantial attachments to poles deep in the ground.
  • Trellis materials can be anything from twine secured between two or more bamboo sticks {small wood post}. They can be free standing or secures to your house, garden shed or fence. A larger trellis can be made from lattes purchased from your local hardware store. Lattes commonly comes in 2ft X 4ft, 4ft X 4ft or 8ft X 4ft sizes.

    wall mounted trellis

    It can be made of light weight wood or now days more commonly will be plastic and comes in many colors, white or green being the most common colors. Being light weight wood or plastic they are easy to work with cutting them to any size or special shape you may need.

  • Stronger larger trellis can be erected using livestock {cattle or hog] panels. Cattle panels are 52in tall X 16ft long and hog panels are 34in tall X 16ft long. They are constructed from heavy steel 6 or 4 gauge welded wire. These panels are not as pleasing to look at but will last last 20 years or more, are easy to erect and to store at the end of your gardening season. An easy way to erect these panels is using three T-Post driven into the ground. One on each end and one in the middle of the panel. Secure to the post using steel wire or strong plastic wire ties.

    general use trellis

  • Securing you vines to your trellis can be accomplished using many different materials. Old bread bag wire ties, string{twine}, loosely secured plastic wire ties. My choice is to cut up old pantyhose into 2 inch wide strips. It’s easy to work with, cheap, strong and seldom will it damage your vines. Don’t skimp on using vine ties, you need more than you may think you need. As vines get larger and when fruit appears, there is a lot of weight that must be secured to your trellis.

    What and how you build your trellis is only limited by your imagination. Recycle chain link fencing, old field fence. Small light weight trellis can be made using limbs you prune from trees, bamboo, twine, wire. Anyway your getting this picture in your mind, right?

    As a side note: When you can locate your trellis on the east side of your garden plants. I don’t know why, but, it is easier to get your vines to climb a trellis when it is located on the plants east side.

    Think vertical!
    University of Vermont Trellis Gardening

    Why is common sense so uncommon?
    Don’t be Shy. Leave me your comment(s)

  • 9 responses to “Conserve Space, Grow Vegetables On A Trellis-Think Vertical Space

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    7. Smiling, we have identical weather conditions, but, differen.
      Don’t forget to wipe your feet when you come out of your garden.

      Have a ‘sunny’ spring day


    8. Hi …
      Thanks for the thoughts on growing vertical. I had forgotten about the pantyhose remedy. They make the best tie-backs.
      As for climate, the average temperature on Vancouver Island in summer is about 70F to 80F (21C to 27C). Occasional outbreaks of Arctic air during the winter result in minimum temperatures of about -10°C (14°F) in most years. Average annual precipitation ranges from 6,650 millimetres (261.8 in) on the west coast (making it the wettest place in North America) to me on the east coast where the total rainfall is between 45 and 100 inches… The extreme minimum temperature is -20 °C (-4°F) ….The extreme maximum temperature is 36.7°C (98 °F). Mountainous areas receive up to 4000 millimeters (4 metres) of snow which remains all season but on the coast we get a few short lived inches between November and February. Today the sun has arrived and it is around 10 °C (50°F] so I’m off to dig in the dirt.


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