I like trellises in the garden. Maybe that’s because I like vines.
I use the term “trellis” loosely to include anything that can hold a vine upright. Guess that definition could include trees, right?
I have one arbor and one trellis that I purchased. (Sorry, didn’t photograph either for this post.) As with most garden “structures” when you buy these things, they aren’t cheap.
Since moving here two years ago, I’ve begun to make my own trellises and have generally been pleased. Some are uglier than others (especially those in the veggie patch), but they all serve their purpose. Most of my homemade trellises were made from stuff on-hand or found items.
Why am I showing them to you? Because they might spark some trellis-making on your end. Most are simple, and most were pretty inexpensive to create.
I tried my hand at growing cucumbers on this trellis (below) made from baby bed springs and steel posts. Someone threw out the baby bed, and I picked up its springs. While the cucumbers weren’t a success, I still like this trellis, which I sprayed with a variety of paints left over from other projects.
Baby Bed Trellis
The tee-pee or “green bean” trellis below was created from left-over metal poles (electrical conduit? plumbing pipes?) discarded in the yard at this house. The paint I used was also left-over from painting a chair and table. The bottle caps were all found when I was walking my dogs last summer. (Lots of people drink wine/wine coolers around here!) The bottle on top contained Sangria that I drank.)—Not sure how much I like the bottle as a finial. Note – I didn’t have the strength to pound the center pole into the ground completely, which is why it sticks up as far as it does. I used this trellis to grow rattlesnake beans. Looked good with the beans on it. Cost – completely free.
Green Bean Trellis
I’ve not grown anything on the trellis below yet. The roof-turbine-vent-thingy was a throw-away from someone’s remodel found at the street curb. Even though it looked like a throw-away, I asked the homeowner if I could have it before I grabbed it. It sits on an old upside-down galvanized bucket, which in turn sits on a upside-down clay pot. The finial on top ($6.00) was one I purchased for my old house and never used. All of the metal poles, except two (2 for $10), were left-overs found in the backyard of this house. The chain is new ($10). I admit, this trellis needs a little tweaking. Maybe I’ll use it to grow cantaloupes or a grape vine?
The “water-works” trellis (below) is made from a $4.00 purchase of ironwork from the dump store outside of Austin, Texas. (You read that correctly. I purchased the ironwork at the city dump.) I didn’t do anything with this piece of ironwork till I moved here. I already had the water sprayers. I started collecting them when they were relatively cheap ($3 to $5/each). The two faucets were originally from the bathroom sink at my former house.–One of them broke and couldn’t be fixed, but I didn’t throw them out. Bought the round colorful valve handles for $1. each and there’s a stretch of left-over plumber’s tape in there somewhere. Last year, I grew Scarlett runner beans on this trellis. This year, the hope is the sweet pea seeds and the small clematis I planted will cover it.
This wire netting (shown below), purchased at Pandora’s Box (antique-plant-junk store), totaled $12. Not sure what the netting’s true purpose was. I hung cheap mirrors from the Dollar Store all over it, plus a stenciled hand mirror that was losing its reflection. I’m using this trellis to grow a red honeysuckle. The original goal was to have only the mirrors peak through the vine to create the illusion that you could see through the fence.
Wire Netting Trellis
This small piece of loop wire fencing below was thrown away during a “bulk item throw-away” day. Very simple trellis. I’m growing another red honeysuckle on it.
Loop Wire Fencing Trellis
Purchased this piece of iron fencing below for $10. at an estate sale. I spray-painted it black. This one has a native honeysuckle growing on it. (Long story as to why I have so many honeysuckles.)
Iron Fence Trellis
That’s it. Some of these are more utilitarian than artful, but considering how much a store-bought trellis costs along with the fact that I had fun making these, and that once a vine covers a trellis you don’t see it much, I think these are a success. If nothing else, they are unique.
I encourage you to have fun and make your own trellises. If you do, send me a photo!