Garden Trellis – How to Make the Best Supports for Climbing Vegetables

[Music] Hello! Training naturally climbing
vegetables up supports yields rich rewards. By lifting vegetables off the ground and up towards the sun, you can enjoy bigger harvests from a relatively small patch of ground. Climbing vegetables are easier to pick, they require less weeding, and they can provide a leafy backdrop or windbreak for your plot. As well as many off-the-shelf supports such as arbors, arches and pergolas, there are plenty of homespun alternatives that will save you money. A trip to any home improvement store will supply you with all you need to inexpensively make your own supports in no time at all. Cloaked in lush foliage, your homemade
supports will become a handsome and productive centerpiece to your garden. The very simplest supports include sturdy stakes, poles, and trusty bamboo canes. Pushed securely into the ground at the
base of plants, they offer an immediate vertical hook for
vining vegetables to grip hold of. Some young plants may at first need tying
in to their supports to encourage growth up in the
right direction. Canes or poles can be arranged in
traditional rows with a horizontal cane linking the tops
to create a rigid structure. Tie in the canes where they cross with
string, twine or wire. Alternatively, create an attractive wigwam or tepee. Space 4-8 canes or poles at equal
intervals around a circle marked out in the ground. A traditional
trash can lid can be used as a template. Tie the canes together about a foot (30cm) from the top using string, strips of cloth or wire. Bamboo and willow wigwams are perfect for climbing peas and beans, while taller, sturdier wigwams made of thicker poles are recommended for heavier climbers such
as squashes and melons. Poles can also be arranged in a square
layout. Wind round parallel rows of string between
the poles if additional support is needed. Natural poles, such as those made from hazel or willow, give a lovely rustic look. Trellises are an easy and flexible way to provide
instant support for your vertically vining vegetables. Trellis panels can be screwed to walls and fences or left freestanding by attaching to upright posts. Use them for growing beans, peas, squashes
and more. For a contemporary look, secure sheets
of thick-gauge galvanised wire mesh between two frames made from wooden batons. Finish with a coat of paint. Make your own mini-trellis by securely trying lengths of cane together using wire or string – just the job for individual squash or marrow plants. Many of these supports can be included in
your garden planning. Our online Garden Planner incorporates a
selection of structures from arches and arbors to willow wigwams. To drop one onto your plan, simply click once to select, move the mouse to where you want to position it, then click and drag to place. The corner handles can be used to expand the structure to the correct area. Fancy a go at making your own bean frame? This easy-to-make frame offers the
ultimate solution, with bamboo canes positioned in such a
way that the pods hang outwards away from the frame, making them much
easier to spot and pick. The stems are also less likely to grow into a thick,
tangled mess. To make the bean frame you’ll need the
following materials and tools: For the top of the frame, two short lengths of 2×2 inch (50x50mm) timber at 32 inch (80cm) long. Also, two medium lengths of 1×2 inch (20x
50mm) timber at 5ft (150cm) long. For the uprights of the frame, use two
lengths of 2×2 inch (50x50mm) timber at a length of 7ft 4in (220cm). To screw the timber together you’ll need two 4in (100mm) long
screws, four 2.5in (60mm) long screws and a screwdriver. You’ll also need a drill with drill bit,
sandpaper, a pencil, measuring tape or tape measure, and 12 or 14 bamboo canes that are at least 7ft (2m) long. Plus some garden wire or string to tie
them onto the frame. this list here summarizes everything
you’ll need for the job. Start by sanding down any rough edges
to the timber using the sandpaper. Now put together the top of the frame using the short and medium length sections. To prevent the wood from spitting, drill pilot holes 1in (25mm) in from both ends of the two medium length sections. Screw these to the ends of the short
lengths using the 2.5in (60mm) screws. The top is now ready
to screw to the long uprights. Measure and mark halfway along the two shorter sides of the top section. Drill pilot holes through these two
points. Screw the top section of your frame to the
uprights using the two 4in (100mm) screws. Now position the frame. Dig two holes to accommodate the uprights, then lift the frame into position. The holes should be at least a foot (30cm) deep. Backfill the holes, then firm in with your boot to get a
good, tight finish. Positioning and lifting the
frame is a lot easier with an extra pair of helping hands! The frame is now ready for the bamboo canes. Set the canes at equal distances along
both sides of the frame. Push them into the ground so that they
line up evenly along the top of the frame. Tie them in with wire, twine or string. The canes will give further rigidity to the bean frame. Now plant your beans. It won’t take long for the stems to
latch onto the canes and pull themselves up. In a few months you’ll be picking pods aplenty! Climbing vegetables are simply a must
for any gardener looking to pack more into their plot. Give them the support they need and
they’ll thrive, offering you a vertical wall of vegetables to
be proud of. If you’ve got any ideas for home-made supports, please do share them by dropping us a comment below, and why not subscribe for more great
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25 thoughts on “Garden Trellis – How to Make the Best Supports for Climbing Vegetables

  1. DIY Pea & Bean Supports – How to Make the Best Frames and Trellis for Climbing Vegetables – YouTube. Training climbing vegetables up supports is a great way to get maximum yield from minimum space. Building your own supports is easy, fun and can make an impressive feature in your garden. This is a fantastic video and it shows you our tutorial, with dimensions for making this wonderful bean rack.

  2. I've used the "stake & weave" technique promoted by Johnny's but the wooden stakes may be a problem.  Since Septoria (and some other diseases) can over winter on wood I'm looking for economical alternatives that stand 2 meters tall.  Rebar?  Steel fence posts are expensive. Cages work but are very labor intensive to make for 50 plants.  Suggestions?

  3. Thank you for the video. I am making it this year. Was looking for something simple and found it here.

  4. Wow! I just watched the video and I cant wait to make my own supports. You make it look so easy. Thank you.

  5. if you want your frames to last longer than a year or two…

    1 – cut the top inch or two from an empty 2 litre pop bottle
    2 – stand in the parts that will be buried underground, and support them upright
    3 – fill the bottle with creosote or similar treatment for buried wood
    4 – let the wood stand in there and soak up the treatment for at least an hour or two – preferably overnight… or longer
    5 –  remove the frame from the ground after the beans have been harvested and allow to dry
    6 – retreat if necessary
    7 – enjoy NOT having to cut off the rotten wood every year and avoid your support collapsing mid-season

  6. The groovy bean frame occupies a smaller footprint,no wastage in the middle,will try,
    though the carpentry could be better.

  7. My beloved is making a set of planters on wheels, including one with a frame for climbers, we have a small garden and it means we can move them into the sun and shade as needed and makes them accessible to me on my wheels as well!

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