Vines and Climbers forum: Netting for Trellis Support-All Vine Types

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Name: kathy
Michigan
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
Cottage Gardener Lilies Organic Gardener
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katesflowers
Jan 15, 2018 12:38 PM CST
I am shopping for netting to support all types of annual vines for my 2018 season. I will set up (2) 100' rows and set metal cattle fence posts about 8' apart all along both rows. I will string a medium gauge wire across the top of the fence-line to support the net.
Question: what is your opinion on (1) Nylon trellis netting; (2) cotton trellis netting; (3) Bird-X nylon netting: or, give other netting suggestions.
This is what I did in 2017.

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Thanks for the ideas !
"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
Jan 15, 2018 1:38 PM CST
I use cattle panels for things to climb on. They comes in 16' lengths by 50" - sturdy and suitable for re-use indefinitely.
Porkpal
Name: kathy
Michigan
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
Cottage Gardener Lilies Organic Gardener
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katesflowers
Nov 4, 2018 3:13 PM CST
It's the end of the garden season for 2018. I thought I'd post some season-end notes about the outcome of my trellis idea.
I decided to buy a 7 foot by 14 foot panel of Ross Deer Netting with 2" mesh holes. Before I drove the 6 foot cattle fence post stakes in the ground, I unrolled 3 mil black plastic to cover the row for weed control, and retain moisture. I then drove the stakes and strung heavier gauge wire from the tops of the stakes. I draped the net over the heavier gauge wire. Before I planted the seeds I cut 4 foot x 2" sections out of the plastic (directly in line with the net) so the seeds would sprout close to the net and climb. I weighted the plastic, the wind this spring was fierce, with bricks.
I grew sections of different vines (Spanish Flag, Black-Eyed Susan Vines, sweet pea, Malabar spinach, sugar snap peas, cucumber, goose neck gourds, butternut winter squash, Cinderella pumpkins, & pie pumpkins) on the netting and they all wrapped themselves into the net nicely. The vines filled in to create a solid wall of leaves & blooms. The goal was to keep the vines/vegetables off the ground. I have to say, this net is tough! I could not rip it with brute hand strength. Even the bigger pumpkins hung like feather weights on that netting. It could be used year after year EXCEPT all those vines had to be cleaned off. After an hour of trying that I decided I'd spend the $14 and just buy more net next year ! I trimmed all the vines I could off the net, and stuffed the used net in garbage bags for the trash pick up.
Upside: the deer who usually wander nightly through my garden appeared to walk the long way around my garden this year, unsure what that netting was. Downside: I had to do dragonfly patrol every evening. Those guys got tangled easily, but held still while I cut them loose. Not a problem after the vines covered the net.
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"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
Nov 4, 2018 5:34 PM CST
Pretty nifty!
Porkpal

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