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Invisible Trellis - A cheap raised bed trellis system

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Check out this video to see how to build a very simple and inexpensive trellis for any size raised bed garden. Using some scrap wood that I already had I was able to keep the cost of each of these below $1. These are great for growing peas, cucumbers, pole beans, or any other vining crop. In our case we have six 6' X3' raised bed garden boxes that were made from free pallet wood. I choose to run a trellis down the long side of each box so that I could maximize the amount of climbing crops I could grow. Our family loves pickles and peas so that will be the main use for them this year. This is also the best angle for the sun so that as the vining crops get bigger they will not block out the smaller crops in the box below. I started by cutting 3 2X4's into 6' pieces and 6 2X4's into 45" pieces. This will make the trellis about 48" tall from the height of the dirt but you can make them shorter or taller of course. Next I ripped down the 2X4's into 1 3/4" wide strips (cutting each one in half long ways). At this point you have made all the cuts that you need for six trellis's. There are many different ways to connect the frames together but I choose to use a half-lap joint in this case. this will be the strongest joint that will withstand the wind and weight of the fruit hanging in the wind here in Michigan. I used a circular saw to cut each joint down 3/4" by making several close cuts at the ends of each board. I then chiseled out that area until it was fairly flat. These don't have to be perfect and if you mess up a bit you can always sand them flat once they are secured together. Check out the video for more details on this step. Next I overlapped the half-lap joints and predrilled some holes making sure things were square before I drilled. Wood glue is used to secure the joints together along with some 1" wood screws. Once the glue has dried you can get them painted with whatever color you would like. I recommend using a deck stain or other sealer so that they withstand the weather. At this point you are ready to secure them to the ends of your raised beds. 2 1/2" deck screws were used (2 in each leg) to secure them to the boxes. Next, make a mark every 3" starting at the top and working your way to the bottom on the outside of each leg. Using whatever size drill bit you have around (I always break my small ones) drill a hole at each mark at least big enough to get the fishing line through. I am using 60 lb. test single filament for this step but you can use whatever size and strength line you would like. You can also use string or any other type of cord here if you would like. I chose fishing line since it is clear it makes them almost invisible during the off season when nothing is growing on them. Start feeding the line through from the bottom hole and work your way up to the top using one single piece of line for each trellis. If you prefer you can also use one piece for each run back and forth but I chose for less hassle and just weaved the single line back and forth through each hole until I was at the top. Tie it off and the ends or tie a knot so that it cannot slip back through and you are done. This trellis should be long lasting, stand up to the elements, and look a bit nicer than the standard lattice that you could pick up at the store. Plus, these look much nicer when nothing is growing on them which for us up here in Michigan, is most of the year! Things you might need for this project - Dewalt three piece counter sink set - http://amzn.to/1ffyJpd Titebond wood glue - http://amzn.to/1N0n8FN Fishing line - http://amzn.to/1N0nbBy Simple Suburban General Store - http://astore.amazon.com/simpsubulivi-20 Please check us out at www.simplesuburbanliving.com and follow us on.... http://www.pinterest.com/simplesuburban/ http://www.facebook.com/simplesuburbanliving http://www.twitter.com/simplesuburban5 http://www.instagram.com/simplesuburbanliving Music - "Learn To Fly" by Josh Woodward. Free download: http://joshwoodward.com/song/LearnToFly
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Nhap Tuong (1 month ago)
Wouldn't heavy fruits bear the line down over time?
Shane Millard (1 month ago)
Do you recommend something like this for tomatoes? What would you change?
G.R, Dray (1 month ago)
Great video. I have 2 trellises made from 3/4" conduit with nylon cord. I have 1 bed to finish I'll try this idea with the monofilament line.Thanks for sharing.
joseph tucci (1 month ago)
I built trellis using PVC and netting. But this I like.
electriclovechild (1 month ago)
I love this idea! Thanks!
Judy Wirkkala (1 month ago)
LOVE this...
Hanora Brennan (1 month ago)
Great idea and you make it look so simple. Well done you. Subbed.
matandersonmusic (1 month ago)
Nice Video! Looks great! I'd be worried about the line cutting into the plant when fruit is on it, especially in the wind. I've cut my own self tying fishing knots with that stuff. Have you had issues with this?
sean johnson (1 month ago)
Thank you Thank you Thank you for the great info and production.... and especially thanks for the scripture it's so good to see it in every day life! Peace!
You can use bamboo instead of building stuff. It takes zero effort and some chords. I have some bambo growing here and it is nice support for tomatoes too.
Nice job
Mike Trujillo (2 months ago)
Nice video thanks for sharing think I might try the fishing line trellis
John Reinburg (2 months ago)
Great video, what is funny is that I am wearing the same shirt.
Ron Yerke (2 months ago)
That's a nice idea. 🤠 GBY
J Charles (2 months ago)
Dude, great attempt at this topic however it’s a “FAIL” . Not invisible in the slightest. The wood will not last and your joining techniques are embarrassing. Sorry BOSS
Whippoorwill Holler (2 months ago)
Great idea, I did the same thing with tomatoes, works good.
Sheri Karanasos (2 months ago)
Do you just tie the fishing line on or do you add screws, eyebolts etc? I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!
SSLFamilyDad (2 months ago)
I just tied it on
lvk4pj (2 months ago)
Great Idea for Scrap Wood. Well, looks like I already Subscribed! Will Pass this on to others, Thx.
Garden Life (2 months ago)
The UV Ray of the sun will make the Fishing line brittle causing it to break.
JoJo C (3 months ago)
She said if you got a table saw there ain't nothing you can't do
Nancy Fahey (3 months ago)
Easy peasy. Thank you.
CatLady LovesCats (3 months ago)
a bracket works too
Elwood Hurrin (3 months ago)
you could have used a kreg joint. excellent idea.
themonkeydrunken (3 months ago)
Nice job! I'm going to try the fishing line on some metal T posts I have lying around.
Elsa Tabaiwalu (3 months ago)
Wow..love this idea 👌👌👌
Virginia Lacar (3 months ago)
What a great Idea thanks for sharing your nice videos..
thomastidewater (4 months ago)
I'm curious... does the fishing line hold up year after year, or does the sun's ultraviolet rays degrade it quickly?
eYeKeepsitReal (4 months ago)
It's a great idea and makes for a very beautiful trellis, but I just wanted to mention that if you have a lot of birds around, sadly you're gonna find a few dead ones around your trellis.
SSLFamilyDad (4 months ago)
I am pretty sure the gap is big enough for them to get through ok, I have never seen any birds hit it
Jonny_mazerati (4 months ago)
He’s hot
Sowtpaw73 (4 months ago)
Great idea
Thomas Thorn (4 months ago)
I use cattle panels for the pole beans and cucumber. Keep up the good work.
C F (7 months ago)
I just love your videos. I also love that you have a Bible verse at the end of your videos. Maybe some people don't appreciate your godly way of life but, I do. Keep up the good work.
Joli Garcon (8 months ago)
😢 my garden beds are made of cinder block & stone. Wish I could use something like this but no wood to attach it to. 😞
Rick Schulte (10 months ago)
Great idea, how. Did you time off the line?😂
patricia Bergner (1 year ago)
Awesome IDEA! Thanks so much 😁
Natalya Sweeney (1 year ago)
This video was made in 2015. It's 2017 now. Would you have any advise or anything you would of corrected? (I.e... Veggies too heavy for fishing wire; how to fix the sagging).Thank you!
SSLFamilyDad (1 year ago)
Not really, you could use heavier gauge line but I am actually building a new larger one at our new house with pretty much the same design. It worked very well! Line does sag a big with heavier stuff like cucumbers but it never broke and supported everything just fine
Rob Rob (1 year ago)
Can you please explain what you mean by "square foot garden"?? I'm just wondering! I have been gardening for countless years, and cannot seem to figure out what "square foot gardening" is considered. Perhaps it is a newer term, since I am only hearing of it on YouTube. Possibly an interchanging term for raised beds? Thanks! Great video by the way!
SSLFamilyDad (1 year ago)
+Rob Rob search square foot gardening online. It is a system of gardening that for raised beds that uses a square foot to plant various high density crops and grows vertically
ChrisD4335 (1 year ago)
fishing line dose contain lead
NubianP6 (1 year ago)
I finally made one of these today, and it turned out great! I chose to go ahead and pre-drill/pre-string it (without tying it off) before putting it up, then I simply tightened and tied the line once I had the trellis secured in place. I also went ahead and did some vertical lines for extra reinforcement. Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing this project!
SSLFamilyDad (1 year ago)
+NubianP6 glad to hear it! I am plabning to make a new larger one for our new garden this weekend and might incorporate your uogrades, thanks!
Tiffany lovely (1 year ago)
Demetrius Holmes (1 year ago)
would this work for tomatoes
Fred Woods (1 year ago)
Great garden, terrific trellis', they are almost invisible, you r homestead is really looking good , thanks for sharing.Blessings! !!!!!
Grow at Home (1 year ago)
this looks pretty simple but effective I may use this for my raised beds
Emma T (1 year ago)
it is a very good one, i just dont get which part is "invisible"
Kira Hill (1 year ago)
He did also say in the video that the fishing line is invisible from most angles in the yard.
Emma T (1 year ago)
ah ok, so it is "relatively invisible" :-) now i get it thx :-)
NubianP6 (1 year ago)
Emma T He basically means "invisible" relative to other trellising methods, such as the wooden lattice that he mentions in the video, as well as any other trellis that would have wooden/plastic sections instead of 'clear' fishing line...
cltinturkey (1 year ago)
This is the best idea ever! I finally got mine finished and installed and the peas are SO happy. They just seemed to lift up their heads and jump up overnight. I even painted my trellises in bright leftover paint. Thank you for this great method!
Suze Dunmow (1 year ago)
Thanks for this posting, I find it an interesting idea, and your finished job looks really good....
Leslie Russell (1 year ago)
They are beautiful! I made teepees with scrap 1x2"s and chicken wire for cucumbers, which worked well but powdery mildew destroyed the crop. :( I'm going to copy your terrific idea for the next climbing crop (it won't be cucumbers).
Yak Motley (1 year ago)
Awesome video! New subscriber!
Mooken Sis (1 year ago)
Love it! What a great idea!
Inger Haugland (1 year ago)
That looks great!
Mark L (1 year ago)
What about weed eater line?
SSLFamilyDad (1 year ago)
+Mark L that would work really well also, however not as transparent and maybe more expensive
Chynah dahl (1 year ago)
They turned out great. I'd like to build this type of trellis. One of the best videos I've watched so far. TFS.
BackTo Basics (1 year ago)
I love the look of these and how it will produce a green wall rather than the wood lattice. Thank you for sharing this idea!
Jay Gunjal (1 year ago)
I used a thin wire similar to fishing line I bought from home depot, but I am thinking about get rid of them and use this fishing wire, looks pretty cool. great work.
set clock --:-- (1 year ago)
Great idea bro, but won't the sun damage it after awhile?
SSLFamilyDad (1 year ago)
maybe after a few years but then again, it only costs a few dollars to string them all again.
cltinturkey (1 year ago)
Great video and clever design for trellises. Please cut down (or out) on the music, so we can hear you clearly. Thanks!
Moby Dave (1 year ago)
when you threaded the fishing threw how did you tie it of on the far end?
HealthSupercharger (1 year ago)
what do u think about an idea to put 1 or 2 vertical support lines in the center??? so that they dont sag down as much when loaded with plants.
SSLFamilyDad (1 year ago)
that would work also, could use a knot or greenhouse clips
HealthSupercharger (1 year ago)
sir great job looks sharp, only upgrades i see you put both screws in line in the same wood grain, it would have been stronger to offset the two corner screws so that the they are slightly diagonal. so that neither wood has 2 screws in line in one wood grain. I would have tied each line independently to the post so that if one area breaks it would not undo the whole crop and would not fall down. Independent lines that way as they weather down and break you can replace one by one. I would have put the posts 1ft in the ground as a mechanical engineering technician having 2 screws only few inches apart makes the side to side structure weaker. just in case strong side wind comes.
Evelyn Souza Ferreira (1 year ago)
I live in a place where we get severe wind so I use electrical conduit pipe and re-bar. 2 x 4ft length re-bar hammered into the ground half way. Conduit pipe drops over the top of the re-bar, with the same on the other side. Corner pieces join the standing bar with the cross bar. In very heavy wind, they don't go anywhere, even with a full crop on them. I just use garden twine but I like the idea of fishing line.
Joseph Larsen (1 year ago)
I've done this same thing. Electrical conduit is the steel pipe. If you hang down some heavy string (heavy duty baling twine works best) the plants can grow up them and it works great.
SSLFamilyDad (1 year ago)
+Ray Teems this one lasted two years so far but you are right you probably will have to replace it every few years. Only takes a few minutes though and costs about a dollar
Ray Teems (1 year ago)
Evelyn Souza Ferreira over time fishing line will break down the fishing line. You will probably have to replace it every year.
HealthSupercharger (1 year ago)
Evelyn please show us at least a picture of it, is there a link to a facebook page? Electrical conduit is that that grey plastic piping or is it galvanized steel pipe? If you have rebar going thru your vertical posts how do u attach the lines do u still go thru the posts?
Zombie Land (1 year ago)
Awesome idea and cheap using recycled wood.
Two Family Homestead (1 year ago)
Good evening from chilly, snowy Ohio !! I found you channel quite by chance and have been enjoying your videos enough that I decided to subscribe :) :) We use cattle panels in our garden for veggies to have something sturdy to grow up and so far they've worked out great :) If you have a chance come on over and check out our channel (and subscribe, hopefully lol) Two Family Homestead
Megan Koester (1 year ago)
thank you for the great idea!!
Seth (1 year ago)
That's pretty! :D
מ'ראל ר (1 year ago)
Not good for the birds they fly into it and get injured
NubianP6 (1 year ago)
I don't know about your yard, but I don't ever see any birds flying that low in my backyard, and I live in a fairly wooded area with tons of birds/wildlife. If you're really concerned though, I suppose you could randomly tie a bit of ribbon on the fishing line... מ'ראל ר
Jarvis E. (1 year ago)
Enjoyed the video.  Good job.  Oh, and GO ARMY!
allanpennington (1 year ago)
You made hard work of the joints. A small tenon saw would be quicker and more accurate.
NubianP6 (1 year ago)
SSLFamilyDad I agree, it's definitely best to make it so that the average person is able to compete the project without having to go out and buy any additional tools...
SSLFamilyDad (1 year ago)
+allanpennington well sure or a Dado blade but I have neither and most people don't which is why is used the circ saw:)
Dee Smith (1 year ago)
I am definitely going to try this . Shalom
rodney adams (1 year ago)
cool design man. most people do some thing like you did only staple animals panel like pigs or cattle as does strong. for climbing plants. I've also seen tee pee method. if have woods or lumber yard get couple pools tie together at top. then run string from one to next, this give plants some grab besides pool. grow plants up polls when leaves fold out make like green teepee
Big Papi (1 year ago)
Did the fishing line stay tight or did it sag over time? I've made similar but used the line used to make chalk marks. I really would prefer to use fishing line but don't know if regular monofilament line is ok or if I need braided line to limit stretch/sag.
HealthSupercharger (1 year ago)
can u please test something for us, i think the stretch in lines would be much less if they were independently tied each to the post. Can u modify your stand just one and see how it compares. aslo a couple vertical lines would help every 3 ft. tied to each horizontal line.
Big Papi (1 year ago)
SSLFamilyDad Beauty! I'm going to do exactly the same for supporting shell peas and pole beans for the winter garden ( zone 10a). Thanks for the very informative video.
SSLFamilyDad (1 year ago)
the mono did not stretch, it does sag a bit once you get watermelons or a bunch of cucs hanging from it but that was fine since it did not break and springs right back straight once we cleaned off the fruit in the fall.
Kyle Young (1 year ago)
tom8181 (1 year ago)
I use t posts and 12 gauge wire
aussie bushgirl (1 year ago)
I have picked up so many useful tips from your videos that have inspired me in my own garden. Thank you so much! The only thing I have a 'somewhat' issue with is the background music. This, coupled with the wind factor, does make it a lot harder to follow. Your videos are so informative, but the music is a distraction. That's it! I love your generosity in sharing all this info with us all. :D
SSLFamilyDad (1 year ago)
+aussie bushgirl very fair advise, thanks! I am good at talking and bad at the production aspect but I continually am forced to figure out how to make this better. I have since at least gotten a microphone:)
Olifactory (1 year ago)
I started with a 5 foot trellis, and my snap peas grew over 7 ft!
Richard Schneck (1 year ago)
Thanks SSL Family for such an awesome production of how to make a garden trellis. May God continue to richly bless you.
Tony B (1 year ago)
I love the fact this was a family project, awesome, a family that works and plays together, stays together. I am going to copy your idea but we have extremely heavy clay so so I will make the basic frame from steel supports, but a great idea. Thank you for sharing
Gary Ravenscroft (1 year ago)
How did you finish off the fishing line at the end without losing tension?
SSLFamilyDad (1 year ago)
+Gary Ravenscroft wrapped it around the support and tied a knot. I pulled it extra tight so if it lost a little tension it was still tight
Great video. Thanks.
Christopher Morrissey (2 years ago)
once the weight gets up they are gonna be torn apart by the fishing line. happens to me anyway. good luck and happy healthy eatin.
Christopher Morrissey (1 year ago)
+SSLFamilyDad ya, I can see heavy test line working. even fly line. I use those garbage nets. cut notches in them here and there. works great. I was lucky though. when I bought my home, the old owners had hemp rope going around all the rec room beams. about 300 ft  of the stuff. the best. started using it 3 yrs ago and not a hitch. same pieces over and over. last longer than the post sure.
SSLFamilyDad (1 year ago)
+Chris Morrissey You have to get think fishing line, I bought the highest rated stuff they had at Walmart for this project. You can't break this stuff with anything but a knife
Christopher Morrissey (1 year ago)
+SSLFamilyDad you may be one of the only that fishing line works for. it heats up and cuts like butter around these parts. I live in cool climate. well it use to be till the past few years.
SSLFamilyDad (1 year ago)
+alphasxsignal use strong fishing line and it will not cut. This has been up for two years and still holding watermelons on the trellis. Twin breaks down when wet and is not a good trellis material. Unless you are using synthetic twin, that would work very well I would think.  
alphasxsignal (1 year ago)
Fishing line will cut. Twin is better and cheap used for tomatoes.
terry fried (2 years ago)
What a clever idea!
Bevan Betan (2 years ago)
Great video, thanks. How do I make something like this for my grapevine, which has no bed to attach the trellis to, and will the fishing line cut into it? By the way, that's a mighty fine "scrap" wood you found... LOL
SSLFamilyDad (2 years ago)
grapevine would do fine on this also, make it taller and make sure you use solid supports as the grape vines get big and heavy over time. The vines grab on with so many tiny holds that it doesn't cut anything
John Holloway (2 years ago)
Heck--those are almost too pretty to use!!
Bryan Wickizer (2 years ago)
Great idea and it looks real good to. I like to use a type of hemp style twine for annual plants such as peas and beans. Its cheap and biodegradable. At the end of the season its not as strong and you can just rip out the plants pretty aggressively and its not an issue because I only use it for the season. This obviously does mean you have to re-string this twine each year, buts its a quick and easy chore. Thanks.
Derek Tomlin (2 years ago)
if you had used the table saw instead of the skill saw you wouldn't have needed the chisel. just set the skill saw for depth and distance and after your first cut move the board away from the guide.
SSLFamilyDad (2 years ago)
+Derek Tomlin true but i have a $5 garage dale table saw and no crosscut sled. Safer to use the circ saw:)
Stephanie Durham (2 years ago)
Wow! Thanks so much....You are a really great carpenter but the way you show everything and explain in detail makes me feel like I can try this!! Another great video....Also, thanks for putting the Bible verses at the end of each video. Y'all are really blessing us with your helpful videos.
Joyce Hope (3 months ago)
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dancingdream4u (6 months ago)
Great idea...looks neat....Matthew 10:32
SSLFamilyDad (2 years ago)
+Stephanie Graves thanks! Glad you are finding some helpful content here! Glad to have you aboard!
Victor Taylor (2 years ago)
Going to use this in my garden, Thanks
iveo83 (2 years ago)
Love your video and how simple and cheap it was to put together. I did a lot of research and looked at every trellis imaginable online but I liked yours the best. Here is my go at it: https://goo.gl/photos/8kdWY36xynPNqaAx5 edit..Forgot to mention we put some brackets to join the 3 pieces together and made it about 5'x5'. I'm going to be doing cucs on mine.
SSLFamilyDad (2 years ago)
Looks great! I am going to make mine a bit taller this year for our peas they grew about 2 feet off the top last year!
Garden On Deck (2 years ago)
B Cook (2 years ago)
The only problem I see is if one string gets cut, the whole trellis fails. I might suggest going across and tie, or maybe across and back then tie, and separate the cross lengths. Other than that, looks great.
B Cook (2 years ago)
+SSLFamilyDad That is probably the best time it could have happened.
SSLFamilyDad (2 years ago)
+B Cook great idea, we haven't had too much issue with them breaking other than when i ripped all the vines out at the end of the season last year
ARKANtheNUKO (2 years ago)
Trellis for flowers
Susan Miller (2 years ago)
This looks great, but I'm wondering how the plants are doing on the fishing line. I would think the wind and weight would cause the plants to pull against the fishing line and the fishing line would cut onto the plants due to the fishing line's small diameter. How are the plants doing?
SSLFamilyDad (2 years ago)
+Susan Miller we did this last year and grew lots of peas and cucumbers on them. No signs of any cutting, the little vines rhat come out wrap around the line and that is what bears the weight not the main stem so no issues. You might not want to grow giant pumpkins on it but smaller stuff works awesome
Dolly Perry (2 years ago)
Excellent! I've already asked my hubby for one :)
shafaq007 (2 years ago)
how do you tie the ends of the fishing line on the trellis?
SSLFamilyDad (2 years ago)
+shafaq007 tie it around the support. Or Tue a large enough know where it won't slide through
Vernon Steinkamp (2 years ago)
I used 3/4 in. electrical conduit 5 feet long and drove them 1 foot into the soil then attached 1x2" fence mesh wire 4' tall. Never tried it before but it was fairly inexpensive.
SSLFamilyDad (2 years ago)
+Vernon Steinkamp that is a great way to go also. I might try something like that this year also
nairb lab (2 years ago)
Love your videos, thanks man.
nairb lab (2 years ago)
Question! I'm starting my first vegetable garden, and I'm wondering something about trellises for tomatoes and peas. Do they simply "lean" on the fishing line, or do they weave in between each line, kind of like training the plant? Thanks again!
SSLFamilyDad (2 years ago)
+nairb lab thanks! These trellises have been work8ng great. Going on the second year
wolfmooch (2 years ago)
Poor birds if there isn't anything on that line.
NubianP6 (1 year ago)
wolfmooch and even when there aren't any plants growing on it in the off-season, just randomly tie a few pieces of ribbon to the line. Easy! 🙂
SSLFamilyDad (2 years ago)
+wolfmooch well, there are plants growing on it:) the birds don't seem to fly through it so far this year anyway
Maria Crawley (2 years ago)
Your help did a fantastic job painting.
Gary Crow (2 years ago)
I like your idea of the invisible trellis and see advantages for some plants. Peas should do fine on the fish line. However when you grow anything with weight like cucumbers you will find that the fish line will cut into the stems.  The plant above the "crimp" in the stem will not receive the full amount of nutrients and not develop as well. The 60-# line may hold up the weight but the "valve" to the upper part of the plant will be partially closed.  Good luck with all of your plans for SSL
SSLFamilyDad (2 years ago)
+Gary Crow I was worried about that with the cucumbers as well. I tried some on it this year and they surprisingly did great. They are not hanging over the line instead the hang on to each other through the line and I haven't seen any crimped stems yet. I wouldn't try anything heavier than a cucumber though!
yack f zay (3 years ago)
That's different using fish lines to create an invisible trellis. It makes it as if the plants are in water.
zepe r (3 years ago)
SSLFamilyDad (3 years ago)
+zepe r Thanks!

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