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Who needs a pricey trellis?

By Penny Stine

I posted the pic of the redneck trellis in my front yard a couple of weeks ago, which is a pallet, anchored by two corner-pieces that I think are used in framing a building. Last weekend, in addition to pulling endless weeds and planting hundreds more seeds, I set up a few more trellises.


Yes, this one is rather low to the ground, which makes sense because it's really a shoe rack that we weren't using. I'm hoping the cucumber that I planted near one end will grow along and through the shoe rack and eventually wind its way up the blue spruce tree.

Although seriously, why I want cucumbers in the blue spruce is a mystery. That tree hurts when you get too close! I'll be picking cucumbers in kevlar.


This is one of the trellises my amazing hubby built for me a few years ago.  Every year, I move them around the garden to a new spot, with a new veggie growing on it. This one will have winter squash on one side and malabar spinach and pole beans on the other. I hope. The winter squash may get heavy enough to knock the whole thing over, but my husband is an engineer and he was pretty meticulous about designing a trellis for me that would be strong, could be dissembled at the end of the season and would last for years. 

And last, but not least, here's my favorite new trellis. My amazing hubby thinks it makes our yard look even more rednecky, if that's possible. It's a coat rack the neighbor was selling at a garage sale. I planted pole beans all around it.
I have tomato cages I didn't use this year and I also have morning glories coming up in places I don't want them. I'm going to dig up the morning glories, transfer them to areas where I have a bare patch, and give them a tomato cage to climb. More trellises!  


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Rednecky or not, I love the idea and look forward to seeing how it looks covered in beans.

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