Trellis Plant Support Ideas + 2017 July Urban Garden, Edible Landscape -Albopepper Walk thru

Hi YouTubers! I’m Al Gracian from It’s the middle of July 2017. It’s a beautiful day out here in the garden
and I want to show you a quick update of how things are looking with my annual vegetables,
growing in both traditional raised beds and also sub-irrigated planters. And I’ll even show you some ideas if you’re
thinking of what to do about some trellis systems, to be able to train plants to grow
vertically, making best use of your space. Alright, so let’s get in here and see how
our plants are looking at this point in the season. As we look here, this is the cool shady side
of the property. And we’ve got our raspberries, thimbleberries,
gooseberries, blueberries. We have our chives here. And then above the chives, we have the green
beans that are climbing, spreading out, doing really well. Now, check this out: This a four foot by eight
foot sub-irrigated box. We have corn that’s really taken off and filled
in nicely. On the other side of this box though, split
down the center, we have a vertical support system that we’ve set up to kind of separate
from the corn, we have some of these squashes. So here these are cantaloupe and we already
have a little guy that’s coming in. We have some zucchini. We’ve been getting a couple of these already,
harvesting, eating, delicious. And, back behind here we have, going a little
bit higher up, getting the sun at this level, we have that spaghetti squash. As we turn over here, we get a nice look at
this bed which most of the garlic has been pulled up from. Getting ready to put in our Fall crop. And in this three foot by three foot area,
a really nice yield of onions. Look how large some of these are getting. Very exciting. It’s really nice to just come in here, look
at everything. It’s pretty easy to maintain things, because
you just have this nice continuous path as you go through. So let’s take a path over here to the warmer
side of the property and we’ll see how things have been growing in. As we come along to this side, we have our
beautiful, passion fruit vine, which has a fruit you can eat. And we have our flowering herbs, our culinary
herbs. We have our espalier pear. Here’s, a, one of our sub-irrigated boxes
with peppers. Behind here we have some plums and some other
fruiting things. And then here, where we had our strawberries,
we got quarts and quarts that we have in the freezer. But now above that we have our Chinese yard
long beans that are coming in. Here are our aronias. We had had a really nice heavy set of fruit
with these aronias and if you read anywhere that the birds don’t mess with them, well
those are people that don’t grow them and that just copy and paste things they find
on the internet. I have had robins just completely try to strip
this thing free of fruit and if I hadn’t like nabbed some at out point and stored them,
I would have had nothing. Here are my persimmons and check out these
watermelons. Yep, I have them going up, going vertical. And then I’m allowing them to kinda spill
out. And here are the peppers. Tying them up that way the branches don’t
snap from the weight of all of these peppers that we’re getting. Some nice beautiful bells and we have a couple
Italian marconis. Let’s take now a moment to look at all the
different things that you can use for the construction of your different systems depending
on what it is that you’re trying to grow. You really do have a broad range of options,
partially depending on whether you’re focusing on annual vegetables or if you’re looking
at more of perennial fruiting things. Some trellising and support systems are going
to be able to handle a lot more weight. Some are going to hold up a lot longer. So we’ll look at several things that I’ve
implemented. Some that are makeshift. Some that are designed to last for years and
years. And depending on what you’re trying to achieve,
I’m sure that we’ll be able to find something that will work for you. Here’s some different things that you may
want to use for training your plants. These are for more of a perennial support
system. Maybe if you’re going to do espaliers, if
you’re training some vining things. Maybe it might be like a grape or like a kiwi. Something like that. You have some different gauge of galvanized
wire. The smaller the number, the thicker the wire. So keep in mind how much weight it’s going
to have to support. You can tighten these with turnbuckles. And then you can attach plants to the wire
with different types of these flexible like PVC type of wraps that will expand as the
plant grows. Now if you’re looking at your vegetables though,
you may find that a welded wire, it could be galvanized, it could be coated, but something
like this may be just what you want to be able to train your plants up. Or something that’s easy to work with and
very inexpensive: you can this polyester trellis netting. This stuff doesn’t cost very much at all and
it’s lasted for me for a few seasons outside all year round. So you’ll see that in a few places where I’m
using it. To support these systems, you need to have
rigidity. you need to have a frame or some kind of a
structure. I like to use PVC. You can use half inch. You can use one inch. This is going to be able to hold more weight
and less likely to bend than this. In short pieces, this doesn’t really want
to bend, but in a long, like eight foot span, you’ll be surprised how much this can warp
and twist and how much it will sag if you don’t support it. You can even use pieces of wood. And to support your plants, you’ll see where
I’m using these in some different places. These are so great. I mean, just like one pack of these can go
so far and help you so much. Whether it’s your tomatoes or your vining
things, whatever it is, you’ll see how helpful these little guys are. And some jute cord. Definitely you have to have something like
this. It’s biodegradable. You can use it to tie up your plants in all
different manners. And this will help you significantly in whatever
it is that you’re trying to do. So let’s look at some of these, well first
we’ll start with our annual vegetables and I’ll show you what I’m doing here. For these beans, I’ve found that this trellis
netting does perfectly fine to support the weight of beans. It works good for peas. These things don’t really weigh it down a
lot and it holds up pretty well. I supported this by stretching it between
some one inch PVC, just using some elbows. I don’t use any glue on any of my PVC fittings. I just slip them together and get them nice
and tight and they’ve held up really well for me. But then I can always pull them apart and
use them for a different application, should that be the case, that I need to do so. Here, these peppers, if I don’t support them
or tie them up in some way, they’re gonna want to snap. So I make this nice rigid PVC frame, this
like little cage if you will. And then I can tie them. There’s that jute cord that is connected to
this upper section here. And you’ll see some of these fittings for
this PVC if you go to a store, you’ll be able to readily find. Like a regular box store. But some fittings you won’t readily find. You have to buy these online often, or some
specialty place. And like, these this type of fitting right
here, I got this off of Amazon in a multi-pack. And these things are so great. It really gives you a lot more versatility
in the way that you can use your PVC. So like just to show you real quick, how I’m
tying up these plants. You remember those little clips. Well I’ll put a clip down here and then connect. I’ll tie on a piece of that jute cord. And then I’ll spiral wrap it around the stem
and then pull that up and attach that to my frame. So that allows the plant to be able to be
well supported and, even despite storms and things, it stays in place. Here I’ve build like a little bit of a corner
trellis for this watermelon. And, using this half inch PVC, in between
here I’ve wrapped some of this welded wire, this coated, welded wire. And I can use these clips. As the vines keep growing I can twist them
and interweave them in here to try to make them to run as long of a course as possible
before they finally get to the point that they fill this up and now they’re ready to
start spilling into the ground. But before they get to where they’re really
taking up space on the ground they’ve already made all of this growth and they’re putting
all of this energy here into being able to capture this sunlight in a very, very tight
space. I like this welded wire in between these PVC
frames. You’ll see on the next box where I’ve done
this technique as well. You can even drill some holes in there to
insert the end of the PVC and wrap it around. But something to also help to attach it: zip
ties. Zip ties are gonna really be a good friend
of yours as well. So make sure you’re stocked up on some of
those too. Here we have a nice frame that we’ve built
around the corn. A little skirt to hold it up. That way it doesn’t blow over from storms. And on this half of the box we can see all
the weight that we’re supporting. All of these multiple spaghetti squashes that
are being held in place because of this infrastructure. This is just a half inch PVC. There’s a little bit of some flexibility. But we’ve connected it with different elbows
and connectors. And then, once again, I’ve used this coated,
welded wire to just stretch. So this stretches like all the way here, wraps
around, and it goes the whole way down the whole eight foot length, just about. And then on the end here we have another cage,
similar to what you’ve seen already in the construction. So I can get things to go up. Get them to go up and really get the most
production out of a small area. Here’s another one with the peas. In this one I was using the PVC and I actually
stretched that trellis netting in between here. So it was able to hold up pretty well for
a while now. And I’m satisfied for how much I had to spend
on it. Trying to extend the height of a chain link
fence. Ideally there are some pipes that you can
get that will attach to these end caps. But the way that this fence is constructed,
I have this horizontal post that’s just running topping off everything. So I don’t have like these nice clean caps
that I can like pop off. And then put more chain link along there. So I took some T-posts. I took some U-posts. And I zip tied them like very securely. Like some heavy duty zip ties to shoot up. And, you know, even with strong winds these
have held up well. Held in place. Once again, I have this polyester trellis
netting that is coming down here. One nice thing with your U-posts, things like
these. Normally this would go down into the ground. But these have these nice little hooks on
them that you can attach your wire or your netting and kinda hold it in place there. Where if you look at a T-post, it’s shaped
differently. And it has like these little, these little
nubs. But you don’t really get like a hook. So that’s a difference, one of the differences
between your U-posts and your T-posts. But by doing this, it’s allowed me to get
all this extra growth out of these beans. And I have a structure that’s been in place
now for a couple of years. Now when it comes to the aesthetics of your
place and you want to look at more of your permanent structure. You’re looking at more of your permanent plants,
your perennial things. Well, you might want some stuff that looks
even nicer. So now you can get into things like lattices. This is a plastic type. And I went with the plastic because I didn’t
want to have to paint it. And I didn’t want to have it just like start
to rot and start to break down. I think that this was a good way to set this
up. It’s nice, bright white. And it’s gonna just stay like this. And I used this plastic and fit it in between
these channels of plastic. It’s the same material. And I was able to secure these in place. But now this material is to fit into the same
material. And I’m gonna go show you why that the better
way to use this stuff in just a moment. Over here I’m using a tighter pattern because
I wanted more seclusion. More privacy. Even when the plants aren’t here, like all
through the off-season, in the Winter time. I still wanted more of a privacy screen. So I have like something that’s closed up
a little bit more so. And although I do like this, I’m using it
within a wooden structure. A wooden frame. I screwed into this, trying to use oversized
holes, trying to not screw it in too tight. But still, we’ve had pieces of plastic that
have chipped off. Why? Because of the thermal properties of expansion
and contraction of the plastic versus the wood. They’re different. The rates at which they expand and contract,
make it so that at certain time there’s a lot of pressure where this wants to buckle. And those screws that are holding it in place
just end up wanting to chip out. They just wanna, it just wants to pull apart. And that’s what’s happened here. So you’re better to do like I showed you previously,
where you have some of those plastic channels that you can slip this down into, allowing
it to fit a little bit more loosely. And it can like expand and contract as it
needs to. If you have a basic free-standing structure,
a quick go to is your fence post. This is a treated four by four fence post
that you put down in the ground. You dig down two feet. And ideally you can put some concrete at the
bottom of the hole. And make sure that it’s nice and secure. Get it like nice and level. And now you have what you need to hold up
a lot of structure, whether you’re wanting to attach something like a lattice. Trying to create like a privacy screen that
way. Or I’ll show you what we have here. We have some eye bolts that have been screwed
directly in here. This was just directly threaded. You know, you pre-drill and then you just
screw these right into the wood. Stainless steel. This is gonna hold up really well. Here is a turnbuckle. You use these to tighten that wire. And then connecting there, we have that galvanized
wire going across. So a few levels of this and I have what I
need to attach bamboo strips. And then I can tie my plants onto that bamboo,
getting them running in the direction of the bamboo. And as you see here, this is where you can
use this more of a pliable, like a pvc type of material, that you can tie these with. This will stretch and it won’t quickly girdle
the plant. You don’t want to use wire. Do not use wire to tie these because it will
just start to cut into the bark of the plant as the stems thicken up. I think that it’s really worth using those
for an application like this. I’ve also been using those to continue to
tie down the horizontal cordons on this Asian pear. And, you know, as you get that fresh wood
that hasn’t lignified, that hasn’t gotten hard yet, you can just keep going. And just keep tying and tying these until
you get to where you need to be, and you’re set. This was like one of the first structures
that I’d built. As soon as I’d moved in here I set this up. Just using old pieces of pipe that were laying
around and I tried to secure them to this cinder block and to connect them with some
wire. But since then, I have some better techniques. And I’m gonna show you what I’m doing now. Here on this trellis for this kiwi, we’re
getting the vine trained up. And we’re shooting it across this nice thick
gauge galvanized wire. It’s gonna hold up for quite some time, very
well. Hold a lot of weight as the plant gets bigger. But for the vertical supports here, I’m using
some pretty beefy T-posts. These have like a nice flat edge here. And that flat edge has allowed me take two
T-posts, drilling holes through, getting stainless steel bolts, and bolting them together. So what I was able to do was take a short
T-post, drive it down straight into the ground, really close to the profile of the building. And then I was able to take and attach this
second one which was already set up, and bolt that in place. And you know, you figure if I had like a full
height, like a ten foot T-post, I wouldn’t have been able to drive it straight down. Because of all this overhang from the roof,
I wasn’t gonna be able to do that. And that’s why I did it this way, as opposed
to using one continuous one. At the very top I connected this with a horizontal
T-post as well. That way it stays parallel and, you know,
as you tighten up the wire, it’s gonna want to pull in. So this will stop the top from pulling in. Something I noticed though is even with doing
that, in the very, very center, at a certain point this was wanting to buckle a little
bit. So I had to stop tightening it any more, and
just leave it where it was. Now here’s another way. These are my red and white currants. I have these horizontal wires that are stretched
here. More of that galvanized wire. It’s not as thick of a gauge. It’s pretty easy to work with. But what I did is I got some treated wood
and pre-drilled some holes. And using Tapcons, I’ve actually taken Tapcons,
special type of a bolt that is designed for like concrete, and went straight into the
cinder block, driving that in. So now I have like a really, really nice,
sturdy infrastructure here. But it’s wooden so I can now drill into it. I can attach things to it. It’s projected out form the cinder block. And the plants are now able to be trained
using the bamboo and tying them. So that I can get like some nice vertical
growth, with the way that I’m trying to do these. So once again, you can see these eye bolts. These ones are actually bolted on. They’re not threaded into the wood but I have
bolts on the other side. And as with any of these galvanized wire setups,
I’m using again some turnbuckles. So you twist this and it tightens that up. And you can get it to the tension you want. And you’re set. Well, that should do it for today guys. Thanks for taking time to watch. I appreciate your support on my channel and
on my website. If you haven’t been to already,
please check it out. You’ll see a lot of good gardening ideas. In particular, things about sub-irrigated
planters. Please, subscribe if you haven’t already. And as always, Happy Gardening!

88 thoughts on “Trellis Plant Support Ideas + 2017 July Urban Garden, Edible Landscape -Albopepper Walk thru

  1. Nice video, full of ideas. For those checkered plastic screen, wat's going to prob help with the plastic cracking is either use a washer, largest one u can get, or also make an intermediate wooden washer by cutting like a 1/4" thick slices of 1" square pole or a large wooden dowel and putting it between a washer and the plastic so u get more surface area support.

  2. Wow you have really changed your yard from the first day to now. It looks so great. To keep the birds out you can put up some netting up over the top of your garden area. This is a little trick Disney does to keep most of the birds out. You really don't see it because it will blend into the sky. The netting you were showing would be fine.

  3. Great stuff. Do you know if building an indoor setup with HPS lights with those PVC pipes is doable? Will it be able to support the reflector and the plants possibly aswell and not get any problems with heat and bending?

  4. Glad you shared this video with us. Thanks. Your lattice fence with the wood, could have done it with wooden u channels made up and put your lattice fence in the wooden u channels and it wouldn't crack like that.

  5. epic video as usual you deliver thanx bro can you maby check out my chanel and tell me what i am doing wrong in my small greenhouse. love your videos

  6. So great to see the progress you've made! Love the variety and efficient use of space. Please publish more often. (Can you tell I'm a fan?) lol…

  7. really great quality camera work. i feel like im in the garden walking around. great information. Thank you for sharing. love from the uk

  8. Wow what a wonderful garden, so nice an well thought out as far as the layout and what your growing together, very impressive. I'm so looking forward to seeing the journey of this garden. I love the pear tree very beautiful, I thought about doing that with a plum tree I have. So happy I found this channel as well. thank you for sharing and happy gardening!

  9. Your're garden looks fantastic! How do you manage to get the pear to stimulate the growth at the right places ( the horizontal branches)? Thank you for sharing!!

  10. Just stumbled across your channel and so glad I did. Have to say, I'm jealous. You're lucky enough to be able to use all of your yard to grow edibles. The HOA here does not allow "edible" plant growing in the front yards of our subdivision… Could I please bother you for some aronia seeds? Heck, any seeds would be awesome. Liked this video, will definitely watch others. Keep up the good work!

  11. Thank you so much foe sharing. May I ask, in your corn/pepper/watermellon cages, how do you attach the bottom of the PVC – or is it just sitting on the ground? Does wind ever knock it over?

  12. Put one plant of fruit (black fruits you showed) just for them…and put a protective fabric over the one you want to harvest…hey the animals also want the good stuff LOL

  13. for a trellis, if you can find an old twin bed metal mattress support, they work great. I picked mine up at landfill, in metal recycling area. Also, craigslist. Old metal chainlink gates, cattle panel, batting cage netting are also on craigslist. You can get wood from granite places. Granite is shipped in wood frames, and they throw wood in pile. (these are usually pressure treated, so best for frames that don't touch organic plants). Also granite scraps for walkways are usually free. My local granite place lets me pick through pile for a case of
    Dr Pepper.

  14. that is one of the prettiest backyard gardens I have seen. You just need some rabbits for some nice bunny-poo compost.

  15. Your garden is amazing! It should be in a magazine. I hope to have a garden like yours one day. Keep up the good work.

  16. Hello i have a question for you.
    i own this kind of light
    its 10 000K and actinic light for salt water tanks.
    i just sold my saltwater tank but i still got the lighting and was thinking to use it for grow lightning for my plants.
    do you think its possible to grow plants under this lightning?

    thanks for a awesome channel btw.

  17. Thank you so much for sharing these ideas. I've been thinking all summer, what can I do for my plants that would be simple and efficient and inexpensive. You've covered it all. Thank you.

  18. I loved how you trained your kiwis. As a woody plant that gets thicker every year I have been wondering how much space to give them behind the trellis. Good job

  19. Great techniques and ideas! How do you, or would you, attach a pvc trellis to a tote? As you’ve said, they can become brittle and crack. Currently renting and cannot permanently affix anything. Awesome channel!

  20. you really explained everything detail. i like the fact that you take the time to show the pros and cons of the things you have there. i can certainly see how a few changes in our gardening could make a huge difference. thanks.

  21. This was a fabulous video! I loved seeing how to make supports out of PVC piping. I’m curious as to where you live – what zone? How big is your corn bed? You truly have a great setup for intensive gardening.

  22. geting ready for the season got seeds in the ground hope you are too soon , great video and great garden god bless from Coral springs south florida

  23. So many good ideas, and excellent tour of your garden. A couple takeaways would be the PVC support for container sweet corn, and the microclimate hot house for the other sweet corn that appears to be using a foundation window for supplemental heat.

  24. just wow. Your vegetables are beautiful and super healthy. I actually have welded wire and u-posts in my backyard, I'm definitely trying this! Been reading about intensive crop farming in small spaces. This fits right in. Already following your other videos… started my seeds in worm castings/compost/pine needles under T5s. Day 4 and everything sprouted. Im psyched about that mix because it's healthy and from what I see in your videos, it works! I'm definitely starting a worm bin like yours with whatever wood I have laying around, how simple! Best part…. all of your ideas so far will basically be free. πŸ˜€ THANK you so much for sharing them.

  25. Very helpful. Thank you for sharing. Love your garden. Great job!!!🍏🍎🍐🍊πŸ₯•πŸ†πŸŒΆπŸ…πŸ“πŸπŸ₯‘πŸŒ½

  26. this was incredible! thank you! ((: i have a french quarter courtyard with brick, wooden plank fence, concrete wall, a deck with 3 levels, stairs, decks, railings, ballustrades, posts, tons of splits & multiple surfaces. it;s been crazy to plan plant support given all this, (super important given our regular New Orleans heavy thunderstorms & wind gusts), but watching your video with so many options, materials, & examples is amazingly helpful.

  27. Hello, may I ask a question about passion fruit vine. Will they die out in the winter? My sister gave it to me but I dont have experience to care for it. It's in the container now, should I grow it in the ground?

  28. Great Video! I just subscribed to your channel. Please check mine out and subscribe if you like it! Good luck my friend!

  29. Thank you for the good description and detail. I am able 2 construct these because of the detailed information you give. Blessings.

  30. Fantastic, incredibly informative video on a vital part of gardening, that is, support systems. You make it so clear and you’re obviously so good at what you do that I’m sure I will be able to implement a great deal of this in my own postage stamp sized Garden in the city. Thank you so much for your contribution!

  31. Amazing! Exactly what I was thinking of doing with pvc, meshes, 4 and 3 way connectors. It was so inspiring to see someone has actually done what i had visualized. I feel more confident to implement it now! Thank you for a clean video. You are so generous with sharing your ideas and where to get all the items! God bless you!

  32. Absolutely love your trellis ideas towards the end. A few different styles to try there in or own gardens.

  33. 14:18 How long are the screws you are using to hold the lattice? If they are between 1", 1-1/8" and 1-1/4" you could use a bigger hole with a wider head screw, like the PowerHead Screws from FastCap. Or just simply add fender washers to those screws you are using and make the holes bigger.
    I think this will help with the expansion/contraction of the materials.

  34. I love the concept and the results and I may use them for my peas, beans and squashes, here in my french garden. Thanks for sharing !

  35. Great video, thanks for sharing! I appreciate the tip about the different materials expanding/contacting at different rates.

  36. Aren't you lucky to have had your dad give you the basics. My father was a horticulturalisutnspe cializing inmcamelias and azaleas. But so much more too. I feel so lucky!

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