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Overview

Growing vine plants for both ornamental and vegetable gardens can be a fun project. To grow the plants properly, a support system is required. Using a trellis is the most effective method of support for vine plants. Making a homemade trellis is a cost-effective method to create the support for the plants. You can make a homemade trellis with a 5-by-5-foot frame which can be duplicated in sections to create various lengths or designs as needed.

Step 1

Dig a hole with the shovel 2 feet deep and 6 inches in diameter. Use the measuring tape to measure across the ground 5 feet. Mark that spot. Dig a second hole with the shovel 2 feet deep and 6 inches in diameter. This will give you two sinking holes for the trellis.

Step 2

Place an inch of gravel at the bottom of one hole. Set a post, end down, into the hole. Hold the post and fill around the post with gravel up to an inch of the top of the hole. Cover the gravel with soil and tamp down with the shovel. Repeat this process with the other post. These are your side posts.

Step 3

Set the third post across the top of the other two posts. Hammer two nails through the cross post into a support post. Repeat this step on the other end of the cross post. This is the frame for the homemade trellis. Make sure the frame is sturdy. Reinforce the side posts by driving support stakes into the ground along the outer sides, front and back of the frame, as needed to secure it.

Step 4

Measure along the crossbeam 6 inches from a side. Mark the spot on the beam with the pencil. Continue measuring and marking every 6 inches along the beam to the opposite end. Repeat this step from the top of the side posts. These will be the markings to follow when the line is tied to the frame.

Step 5

Use the measuring tape to measure 6-foot lengths of fishing line. Cut the line with the scissors; cut 18 lengths total.

Step 6

Tie the first length at the top marking on one of the side posts. Stretch the line horizontally across the frame to the corresponding marking on the opposite side post. Make sure the line is tight before you tie it to the second post. Tie the line around the second post. Cut off the excess line.

Step 7

Move to the next marking and tie a length of line around the post. Stretch the line horizontally across the frame to the corresponding mark on the other side. Pull the line tight. Tie the line around the post and cut off the excess line. Repeat this step for each set of marks down the sides.

Step 8

Locate the first marking at one end of the cross post. Tie a length of line around the post at that mark and allow it to hang vertically. Loop the vertical length around the first horizontal length. Continue down the length, looping around each horizontal line to the end. Tie off the vertical line at the last horizontal line and cut off the excess material with the scissors. Move to the next mark along the top post and repeat this step. Keep going to the opposite end of the frame.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 posts, 2-by-2 inch
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Ball of fishing line
  • Pea gravel
  • Shovel
  • Wire scissors
  • Hammer
  • 1 box, 4-inch deck nails

References

  • University of Idaho Publications: Grow Your Own - Beans and Peas
  • North Carolina State University: Pole Bean Production
  • Meadowwood Garden: Super Sturdy Trellis
Keywords: homemade trellis, growing vine plants, vertical gardening

About this Author

Jack S. Waverly is a Pennsylvania-based freelance writer who has written hundreds of articles relating to business, finance, travel, history and health. His current focus is on pets, gardens, personal finance and business management. Waverly has been writing online content professionally since 2007 for various providers and websites.