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!
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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?
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
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!
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!
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...
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!
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).
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.
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.
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?
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
+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:)
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
+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.
+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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
+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
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!
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
+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!