Another Weird Trellis

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Project by justjoel posted 06-22-2012 02:59 PM 2735 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So when my friend gave me an extra cucumber I had to find a spot to plant it, and something for it to climb. I had some ideas that weren’t quite gelling for me, then I found three long pieces of ¼ inch rebar (18ft, 15ft, & 13ft) hiding in the alley between my veggie garden fence and my neighbor to the north. I cut some wire the equivalent in inches as the rebar was in feet, and played with them. After trying some peace sign things that didn’t work, I came up with this design. Is it flames or a tulip? Yes!

The fence sits on/splits a cement pad that extends in about 8 inches on either side, so I had to get creative with securing it in place. So, I took some heavy duty wire, wrapped it around the fence, twisted it, then slipped a length of conduit pipe over that, and then twisted the wire on to the trellis. I then painted the supports to blend in more with the fence, and touched up the trellis.

I must admit I don’t like it as much as I thought I would, but that could just be me being my own worst critic, not matching the vision in my brain. Once the cuc gets growing though, I’m sure it’ll look much better.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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posted 06-22-2012 03:23 PM

I think it fits in just right with the rest of your creations Joel.It’s definitely unique and will look good with the cucumbers growing up it.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 06-23-2012 01:53 AM

oh how I wish I could get inside your brain and watch it work!!!
Very creative, as usual.
Well done.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 06-23-2012 07:16 AM

That is a wonderful creation! I can see it with many future possibilies. Great work!

-- I plant trees not to admire but for those that come after me... Zone 11

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posted 07-07-2012 01:17 AM

Great idea Joel, I like the way to did a scale miniature prior to the build it turned out wonderful. As far as you not liking it as much as you thought you would, you are your own worst critic, and just as the cucumbers will grow on it, it will grow on you.

-- My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view. ~H. Fred Ale

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posted 10-31-2012 08:17 PM

Might be a good idea to have some non-slip floor plating around the garden. Last time my dad was working on the garden he accidentally slipped and fell straight into a rose bush. Painful to say the least. Or at least put on a layer of non-slip coating if you have flooring next to your garden.

-- Fred Rodriguez -

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posted 11-01-2012 05:59 AM

Excellent point there Fred R. Our children used to slip and fall all over out 2.5 acre lot until I installed a non-slip mat over the whole thing. As an added bonus, my mowing time is down to nothing!

-- "...and the flowers bloom like madness in the spring."

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posted 11-03-2012 05:10 AM

Your trellis is lovely and fun, Joel. How did the cucumbers fare growing up the wires? Can you reach the wires to tie up the cucumber without stepping in the garden? I always appreciate how you incorporate art into your garden.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 11-03-2012 07:22 AM

I was wondering the same thing, RFG.

Joel, did you get a picture of the cucs growing on this trellis? Or maybe you tried something else on it? (Flowers would always look nice, lol) :D

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 11-04-2012 11:06 PM

Thought I had others, but this is the only shot I could find of the cuc (pepino) clinbing this thing. It ended up going nearly to the top. But it needed a little help with both training and securing itself to the trellis – likely will try something that twines better next year. And though the cucumbers were very nice, it wasn’t a great producer. I had much better luck with my Richmond Green Apple cucumber in the main garden (which will be returning next year).

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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