The best way to utilise space in a small garden is to build a trellis. Trellises allow your plants to grow upward, freeing up space for other plants on the ground. Some plants and vegetables, like morning glories and sweet peas, must have a place to climb. Making your own trellis netting is a great way to save money. With a few basic tools and a little bit of elbow grease, your plants will be climbing up your trellis netting in no time.
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Things you need
- Wire cutters
- 3 2-by-4 wood posts
- Heavy-gauge galvanised wire
- Twine, galvanised wire, fishing line, snow fencing or chicken wire
- Post-hole digger
- Eye hooks
- 3-inch galvanised screws
Lay two of your 2-by-4 wood posts on the ground, perpendicular from one another. Next, lay a third post on top of the two perpendicular posts so that the ends of the top post rest on top of the perpendicular posts.
Insert three 3-inch galvanised screws into the top post where it rests on the perpendicular post, using your drill. Move to the adjacent perpendicular post and repeat this process.
Insert one eye hook at the bottom inside corner of each of the perpendicular posts.
Cut a piece of heavy-gauge galvanised wire with wire cutters so that you can connect it from one eye hook to the other. This will allow for more stability in the frame, and it also gives you a place to attach your netting at the bottom.
Building the Frame
Insert eye hooks every 6 inches on the inside of the top and bottom posts. Using wire cutters or scissors, cut your fishing line, galvanised wire or twine in 4 1/2-foot sections. Go on to Step 2. If you are using chicken wire or snow fencing, use a staple gun with galvanised staples and staple the netting over the frame. Once this is complete, skip steps 2 and 3 and move on to Step 4.
Tie a knot with the wire around one eye hook and pull it taut, knotting it around the eye hook perpendicular to it on the adjacent post. Connect the string to the eye hooks on the bottom posts first. When you are finished, move on to the top post.
Knot each piece of wire through the eye hooks on the top post and pull them taut until you are able to knot them around the stabilising wire at the bottom of the frame. When you are finished, you will end up with 6-inch square netting covering the frame.
Dig a 2-foot deep hole with a posthole digger and place your first post inside. Four feet across from that post, dig another hole and place the other post inside. Fill the holes with dirt and pat down.
Constructing the Netting
Tips and warnings
- If you want something that will biodegrade and can be put into your compost at the end of each planting season, use twine, heavy-duty jute or cotton cable cord for your netting. If you want something that will last a while, use galvanised heavy-gauge wire or fishing line. You can even use chicken wire or snow fencing if you like.
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