Build your own trellis

By Andrew J. Concatelli - ReminderNews Assistant Editorh
Home & Garden - posted Wed., Apr. 11, 2012
- Contributed Photo

A few years ago, when I was first experimenting with growing vegetables in containers on a deck, I needed to find a series of trellises for my cucumbers and zucchini plants to climb. I looked through the gardening supplies and household items that I already had on hand, and decided to try making my own trellis supports.

I found a number of 3-foot-long wooden stakes (you could use bamboo poles as well), so I laid them out in a grid pattern, creating 1-foot squares, and lashed the stakes together using a large roll of multi-purpose twist-tie material from my tool box.

It took some trial and error, but my less-than-expert knot-tying skills were enough to hold the entire creation together. I carefully inserted the pointy ends of the stakes into the long, deep container, and leaned the trellises against each other, securing them at the top.

The result may not have looked beautiful or perfect, but I spent no extra money, and the vegetables still tasted great. 

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