I was sick of our veggies rotting on the ground and after hours of scouring the internet without a solution, we decided to build our own structures. This is the before and after and behind the scenes of the 3 vegetable garden trellis DIYs that now proudly help our veggies grow to peak harvest! Here’s how you can make these vegetable garden trellises too!
When we first moved to the Homestead, the previous owners had a Bocce Ball court in the backyard. It didn’t take long before we ripped it down and turned it into a Victory Garden. Over the years, I’ve turned it into an organic vegetable garden and we love our bountiful harvest every year.
Hubby Carter likes to work with his hands and is always up for a new project. When he saw how frustrated I was last year with the vegetables rotting on the ground before they came to harvest, he asked me if I wanted him to make some trellises.
Uh… heck yeah!
I did some research first to make sure he was going to build the proper structures for the proper vegetables. And I realized… there isn’t much out there.
There are a few companies like Gardeners Supply that make a decent vegetable garden trellis, but it wasn’t what we were looking for. We wanted something more… solid.
So I grabbed my journal and started sketching out what I wanted.
I decided that I wanted 2 larger leaning trellises for cucumbers, zucchini and squash, and then a smaller A-frame one to compliment. Plus a vertical one for tomatoes.
Basically, all Carter did was measure the width of the garden, ask me how high I wanted the structures, and then did the math with how much wood to purchase.
The leaning trellises are two separate pieces – one is the foundation and the second is the leaning trellis. The A-frame was built with a hinge.
It was a bit time consuming, especially since Carter ended up making 4 different structures. But after he sketched out the measurements and purchased the wood, everything came together pretty easily.
It’s always fun to show the work photos. Especially since I didn’t do much more than supervise! Carter did the majority of the work himself, but he did have some help from Stepson and Daddy Bob.
Does anyone else get this same exact look from their child? Please tell me I’m not alone. #needsolidarity #buellerbueller
Here you can see all of the structures by themselves.
The big debate was whether to add stain onto the wood or not. The pro is that the structures will last a lot longer. The con is that it could potentially leach into the food. As much as I try and keep an organic garden, I opted for the durability and we added the stain.
The After – 3 Garden Trellises
This is our first growing season with the new structures. I love them and they are working perfectly! The only thing I would change is maybe in the fall after the harvest for Carter to add a few more pieces of wood in the lower area to help the veggies get started with a better grip on climbing.
But I must say, they are doing their job, and the veggies know exactly what to do!
The cukes and squash plants are natural climbers. I used twine to help the tomatoes stay in place.
The best part is that I planned the trellis layout so that the climbers would grow on the south and sun-facing side, while the lettuce is growing in the shade. It’s a win-win for both plants and also gives us extra space!
YAY! That’s the DIY of how we made our own vegetable garden trellises. I’m garden proud and ready to harvest!
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