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Adventures in Gardening Part 7 ~ Trellis Time

Me and my sis built a little A-frame trellis today to put inside my garden box for my cucumbers to climb on.  I had seen a design for a similar type one in the Gardener’s Supply Co. catalog and liked the idea, so using some leftover lath we had from building the box, we came up with our own version.  It’s nothing fancy and it may fall apart after a few years of use, but it was so simple to make.  And because I was with my sis ~ it was fun too.  🙂

We needed to cut 2 of the pieces of lath to the length that I wanted them, but the only saw we had was a hacksaw that I found in my mom’s basement.  So even though I know it’s not the right tool, it still did the trick.

Turns out I’m pretty good at sawing in a straight line.  😉


I picked up some 2 x 3 garden fencing at Fleet Farm and then had fun using my staple gun again…


The only staples we had on hand were 1/4″, so they weren’t quite deep enough to clear the wire and embed far enough into the lath.  So I needed to hammer some of them in.

But I was kinda in the mood to pound things so it was fine by me…


Here it is all finished and sitting inside the box…

Because my garden box is only 4 x 8 and I need to conserve as much space as possible, I only made the trellis 2 feet wide.  I placed it at the northeastern end so that as the vines grow and fill out, they won’t shade the other plants growing.  I may plant a few lettuces underneath it though because they don’t like as much heat and sun.  I just really love the idea of this design that will allow the cucumbers to hang down through the middle ~ makes for easier harvesting.  🙂


When we finished, my sis decided to load me down with a bunch of tools (including a pair of dorky safety glasses) and take a picture of me with them all.

Pick a tool, any tool…

Ah geez what a goof!


But then I needed her to be in a photo with me too!  Along with her circular saw ~ that she wielded so well!

My partner in crime (and gardening adventures)…

… and bestest friend in the whole wide world.  ♥