In this week’s episode of the Beginner’s Garden Podcast, I talk about a subject that is so much fun for me! I just love growing vegetables “up.” Not only does it make room for more garden crops (which is a huge plus if you have a small garden space or just a couple of raised beds), but they are just so pretty!
I have no experience or know-how to build anything, yet either by myself or with my husband’s help, I’ve made room for several trellis options in my garden.
In the podcast, I discuss your best bets for beans, peas, cucumbers, and tomatoes. And because I list lots of ideas in the podcast, this week’s show notes are chock-full of ideas to get you started. Click here to listen or press the “play” button below:
What Kind of Green Beans Should You Grow? This is a post I wrote on the differences between bush beans and pole beans and different varieties to try.
My first try at building a support for pole beans was this bamboo trellis. It’s actually a great idea. I made several mistakes though. The main one was not digging the poles into the ground further. I also should have anchored both ends.
I have also used bamboo poles in a tepee formation. These have worked well for me. The only problem was their height, which limited the upward growth of the beans.
And, this is the mother of all pole bean trellises.
(I would be glad to e-mail you step-by-step instructions on how to construct this A-frame trellis. Click here to get it.)
This is the trellis I use for my peas:
Here is the blog post I found that shows the method to constructing this pea trellis weave: Weaving the Pea Trellis by Lady Farmer’s Garden.
This video shows how I use my pea trellis for my cucumbers through succession planting with those two crops:
Here are photos of the Arch Trellis I used for my cucumbers last year using t-posts and hog panel.
How to Build an Arch by Get Busy Gardening gives you another option on constructing an arch trellis.
In this video, I show my staking method for determinate tomatoes:
Trellis Ideas for Small Spaces
This idea I saw at A Little Dirt Never Hurt, shows the arch going over two raised beds. This could be used for beans, cucumbers, or both.
I grew my first cucumbers on a hog panel at the end of my raised bed — a great option for those of you with small spaces or only one or two raised beds.
I’ve pinned some neat ideas on my Garden Trellis Pinterest Board here.
Be sure and check out this week’s podcast for a more detailed explanation on how to use these trellises in your garden. Have you used any of these methods?
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