Basically, it took me two years to develop this system so I wanted to help some people going down the same path as I did and maybe save them two years! Submitted by Tim B., Ohio, Member of Region 6 – Great Lakes.
GARDEN TRELLIS EXAMPLE – SQUASH PUMPKINS
This document contains design concepts for a self-supporting garden trellis. In the photos are 16-foot cattle panels bent to make an arch and secured to itself with carabiners and chain. The total heights of the arch (with 16-foot panels) is 6 feet, so the 8-foot panels would be about 3 feet tall. The panels are able to sway and move with the wind.
- 16-foot cattle panel
- 16 feet of chain (two 8-foot piece)s
- 4 carabiners
Price Reference List (12/20)
- Qty 1 of 16-foot cattle panel – $27
- Qty 1 of 8-foot cattle panel – $20
- Qty 1 of carabiners – $2
- Qty 1 roll of 2/0 double loop yellow chain – $125 for 175 linear feet
Tips from Tm B. in Ohio on building the cattle panel trellis. T-Posts can be added if the arch deforms. Right now, this system is totally movable because there are no stakes.
I chose zinc plated AND painted chain so I could see it on the ground in the garden. Carabiner and chain we’re purchase at Home Depot and fence was purchase at Tractor Supply Company.
I used an 8 foot board to measure my length. I made 6 trellis systems at one time so this saved time and increased accuracy of the project.
I cut chain with bolt cutters. The bolt cutters did not always go through all the way, so I used wire snips to finish those cuts.