Any plant that grows larger than 24 inches can benefit from being trellised. Trellising will help that plant grow big, grow strong, and make growing easier for. So where can you trellis? Anywhere really. You can build a variety of trellis to match your growing style. Trellises work well in traditional ground gardens or raised beds. You can construct trellises on a deck or a pot to help aide the growth of your plants to a healthy full harvest. In our previous post we have discussed how to build a trellis the TRILLIX way in being able to have the freedom and creativity to interchange or try different trellising methods. You should not be limited to how you can trellis and should have a system that allows you the ability to interchange trellises to meet the demands of the plants you want to grow. The typical ways are to grow plants in raised beds or in the ground. We think raised beds are truly a great way to grow your plants, you can build them to the length and width required for your growing area with loose soil for roots to thrive in. We are going to break down each scenario on how you can build a trellis.
Raised beds as mention is the king for growing plants the soil will be porous and loose, giving the roots the ability to thrive and spread. You have a natural barrier from being stepped on if you have kids or pets. You can grow so much in raised beds and will take up less space than the traditional way of having rows in the ground that will have to be tilled or chopped up with a shovel to loosen. You also have tremendous control of the soil quality, choosing what to put into your beds. Raised beds keep everything orderly and defines the space to grow your plants. With a raised bed the simplest way to build a trellis is to attach your support pillars, we highly recommend our high grade pipe CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE, to the corners of the beds with plastic clamps. This will give you a secure foundation to not be blown over from the elements and to be able to support heavier plants throughout their growing cycle. Before constructing any trellis we always want to first stop and think about these three question. What type of plants are we going to be growing this season, what type of garden space do we have, and what areas in our gardens get the best sunlight? Please see our previous post for more information on DIY trellis here. After answering these question you will know what you are growing and how you want to grow it. Vertical? Horizontal? Are you going to use twine? Cattle Panel? Trellis netting? Once these questions have been answer simply add our specialty trellis fittings to the pillar posts by sliding down to the desired level, lock in with the fastener, and connect pipe into the fittings to create your frame work. The frame work can either be a vertical or horizontal frame on one side or both sides of the bed. Please see illustrations below for a more visual understanding. After which, simply apply the trellis material you have chosen (twine, netting, cattle panel) to the frame work and secure with zip ties or twine. At this point once your plants start to grow make sure you continually attached them to the supporting material either by weaving the growing vines into the support or manual attaching them with twine or zip ties. Super simple, but super effective to get you growing on the right note. Feel free to change your trellis as you see fit have fun with it!
The next popular method is to grow straight into the ground. We do not recommend this as it requires a health amount of labor to get the soil loosen with a rototiller and to create rows of raised soil to plant in. None the less, if you prefer this method there is nothing wrong with it and as long as more people are gardening the better! To construct our trellis method to this growing style we have found it to be the easiest and sturdiest to use rebar. We take 1/2" rebar 4-10 feet depending on how much stability you want and hammer it into the ground at least 2-3 feet or more. This will provide the foundation for your trellis to be strong and sturdy against the elements. Next, simply take your pipe and slide it over the rebar, it will fit nicely inside the pipe and hammer the pipe 6 or more inches into the ground. Now you have your support pillars constructed feel free to set up the trellis as you see fit for the plants you want to grow. Simply, slide our trellis fitting down the pipe, secure with the fastener, and add pipe to the connection points to create your frame. Then again, take your support material and secure it the frame and start growing!
What if you do not have the ability or the space to growing in an open area whether in raised beds or in the ground? No need to worry, growing any plant in a pot or small space will still be as rewarding. We have seen other gardeners grow edible plants in pots on their patio or customized raised beds on their deck with great success. You can still utilize our fittings to create a frame work that will give you the same ability. The beauty about our method is you can used it in endless ways to reach your goal. You can create a free standing frame out of pipe with our fittings above your plants that you can adjust and attach trellis netting, cattle panel or run a string of twine from above down to the base of the plant. Just because you might not have the ideal growing space doesn't mean you should give up on gardening, be creative in building another solution that will work for your space. We encourage you to be as creative as possible in building your trellis. We want to give you the tools, the knowledge, and let you grow it!