Tips For Building a Garden Trellis & Vertical Growing
Whether you want to maximize your garden space or keep your plants disease free, a garden trellis is the perfect way to grow vining fruits & vegetables. We’ve got everything you need to know about building a sturdy trellis and the best vegetables for growing on a trellis.
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A trellis is an easy way to get your vegetables off the ground and to maximize garden space. With vertical gardening, we’re able to grow more vegetables without sacrificing extra space in our raised garden beds.
We constructed a few simple trellises made from cedar and hog panels, and they work so well to grow “up” our pole beans, peas and cucumbers.
Our Garden Trellis
We use cedar 2 x 4’s and hog panel fencing. The trellis is sturdy and the hog panel is slender enough for the tendrils to wrap around. Cedar is very rot resistant and easy to find, but you can substitute other rot resistant varieties such as redwood if needed.
We recommend a trellis that’s tall enough to accommodate growing vines, but not so tall that you’d have to stretch to pick. Our trellises measure 6 feet tall, but anywhere from 4 to 6 feet will work for growing most vining plants vertically.
If your vines begin to grow out of hand, pinch off the top tip of the vine. This diverts energy back into growing and ripening the fruits.
Hog panel fencing provides strong support for heavy vines and fruit like melons, summer squash and cucumbers. If you go with netting or string instead, it’s best to use it for lighter vines like pole beans.
How To Train Plants To Climb A Trellis
Many vining crops will climb vertically by themselves using twisting tendrils to grasp the support. Others may require twist ties or twine to help them grow up.
Check your plants regularly to see if they attach to the trellis on their own. Encourage the plant to climb by gently weaving the vines through the trellis. The tendrils will grab on as they grow.
You may need to tie the vines onto your trellis. We use jute twine. You can also use plastic flexible plant ties or plant clips. Tie them loosely so the stem doesn’t break.
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