Garden Structures forum→A " horizontal" trellis

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Name: Marc
SC (Zone 7b)
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phish49
Jun 20, 2019 5:28 PM CST
I'm looking into ways to support my melon vines and since I don't have many, I was just wanting to get them off the ground. Maybe a ft or so? Maybe an angle? I was just wondering if this is feasible as I haven't found much info. I hope this isn't one for the crazy notion file. Thinking
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Nov 24, 2019 10:21 AM CST
Reading thru these on a quiet garden day... Whistling Tell me what you ended up doing?

The reason I asked is I needed something similar but not for vines. I had a 3x6 raised bed of peppers. When they were first planted, one of my Labs thought the organic fertilizer was good to eat. She rooted through it like a hog but paid later with a tummy ache.

I usually overlay these beds with a cattle panel, cut to fit. That keeps dogs/kitties out till the plants are established. Then they'll leave them alone. I replanted the pepper plants and laid a panel over the peppers. They grew too quickly so I raised the panels by propping them up on 5 gal black pots. It worked well to keep the plants from flopping and as they grew, I raised the panel another level of pots.

I will do this again next summer but will use stakes in the corners as the pots took up too much real estate in this small bed.

That seemed to work well for me. I was just wondering what worked for you? I'm all ears!
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Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Mar 13, 2020 8:43 AM CST
This is where it's good to be a hoarder, lol.

I've Used one of the side rail panels of my old crib that I found in grandmas attic. You could prop it on an angle, or with 4 posts have it completely horizontal. You can pound some steaks into the ground. I've cut down pressure treated lumber, and Screw it on. I've also used galvanized 1/2" electrical conduit (left over from a home improvement project) as legs which lasts forever in the garden, you just have to have a hacksaw or better yet a sawz all to cut it to length. Then you can use a spade bit, step bit or Forster bit to create a seat in your trellis for the tubing to sit in.

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