DIY Trellis

The kids are gone to the Grandparents for the long weekend. Which means one thing. Spring cleaning. I’ve got more cleaning supplies in this house than the FBI drug squad. It took me 2 hours just to gut the bathroom with a good scrub. Terrifying what soap residue does to tiles.

Now I sit here with a glass of wine and some homemade chocolate chip cookies that my mom brought (notice how other people’s baking always tastes better than your own – well I’m not the best example) and I looked out the window and realized I hadn’t posted about the garden trellis that James made.

Initially in the corner of the vegetable garden box we wanted something like this, to go across both sides of the box along the fence.

In other words we’d need approx 6 panels on both sides. Then the reality of how much that would cost took over and well this thing called “saving money for the basement renovation fund” took priority. In which case, back we went to digginfood‘s great idea of using wire mesh to do a very inexpensive trellis with.

We walked from the garden section at our local Home Depot, all the way to the concrete aisle. That’s where you’ll find these:

One 48″ x 96″ panel cost $11.97. Considering how much a small wire trellis costs, this is beyond a bargain.

Keeping in mind that we get oh about 9 months of winter around here in Canadaland, I was like there is no way in hell I am just putting up wire that’s going to be bare for that duration in the backyard when it’s not covered in lush vegetables. So we picked up some 2 x 2 x 8 pressure treated wood to build a frame around it.

And because someone had to prevent the kids from running towards Daddy’s drill and wire cutting contraption (oh and take pictures) I salute my husband for pretty much doing this on his own.

Step 1 – Make your frame. Measure your wood to correspond with your desired measurements of the wire mesh. **You can trim the wire mesh to the appropriate size that you want.** This was about as simple as drilling the pieces together and trimming the wood to the size we wanted to correspond with the 8 foot by 8 foot garden bed.

Step 2 – Paint. Oh yes Rustoleum’s Gloss Apple Red is spray paint is back.

Step 3 – Attach the wire mesh with staples and trim edges with a wire cutter or in my husband’s case, over-enthusiasm with a grinder.

And by staples (not office staples – don’t laugh, you know you’re wondering) I mean the construction/hardwood/steel staples like this:

Step 4 – Welcome to your trellis to its new home

Now to make another panel. We wanted to make sure we liked the outcome before doing that. For approx $25 total (not including the paint, that’s already in a stockpile around here) we definitely do.


  • Reply
    September 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I. LOVE. This! I jsut read your garden update post and was completely enchanted by that red trellis! I may just need to incorporate this next year in our cucumber bed! What an awesome DIY!

    • Reply
      Alex @ northofseven
      September 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      It was so cheap to do too! Your cucumbers survived? Teach me your ways please…

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