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Making Do

May 4th, 2015

All of my bamboo stakes are getting old and breaking. Last year was pretty much the last year they were going to be able to hold up pea vines. I debated on buying some metal pea fences, my mom has been using the same ones for many years. But then I decided I’d rather use up what I already had on hand. I thinned saplings in the woodlot, something that needs done anyways.
pea trellis 2
As a result I ended up with a nice trellis built of saplings. It’s really a win/win. Two chores completely at once and I think it looks quite nice as well. One of these days I’ll build a fence from saplings, I love how natural they look. They really do settle right into the garden.

Do you build your own trellises?

4 Comments to “Making Do”
  1. Lorna on May 4, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Looks great! I was just about to head out and do the same :)

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  2. Nebraska Dave on May 4, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Susy, I like it. I built a rail fence with the tree saplings from clearing Terra Nova Gardens but alas it was not to be for long. A van lost control, tipped over on it’s side, slid the full length of the fence destroying all but one section of fence. I just haven’t had the time to rebuild it. I may revisit that project when the garden fence is finished.

    Have a great rustic fence and trellis building day.

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  3. Caroline on May 4, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    How are the pieces connected? Are they nailed? Or held together with twine? I can’t tell from the photo.

    I need a trellis of some sort. Last year I used a cheap tomato cage (the crummy circle ones) and they climbed up that and then all over my pumpkin vines. It was a mess! I’d love a trellis but don’t have a lot of money to spend on it.

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  4. Robin on May 6, 2015 at 7:02 am

    I’m going to do the same thing. My original plan for peas this year involved the cattle panels we used for the pigs’ fall pen but it’s unattractive. I’m going to thin saplings and put them to good use.

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