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How would you string this pea trellis?

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How would you string this pea trellis?

Post  marc-in-pa on 5/6/2012, 11:42 am

Below is a picture of the veggie support I have in place in the north side of the garden.



The center section is new and is just for peas, which are starting to say hello.



You'll notice that I have posts with wire strung at the top and the bottom of the posts. There are multiple holes running up the posts where I can also string wire across, which you can kinda see on the right, which is used to support tomatoes.

So my question is this: how would you string this to support peas in the middle section? The box is 3 ft long by 12.5 inches wide. I have placed 27 pea plants (9 per larger-than-a-foot square).

I'm thinking of screwing eyelets into the wood on the long section and stringing from the eyelets to the top wire and down to another eyelet on the other side. Sound sensible? Maybe also string some lines from the bottom wire to the top wire for some middle support.

How many lines would you make or what spacing would you use between the eyelets? Would you use nylon rope? Would wire be OK for peas or do they need more of a textured surface to wrap around?

Then same question for the section on the left, which will be for cucumber, and maybe mini watermelon. I am anticipating that the heavier veggies will need much more support than the peas so probably best to string that in a cross hatch pattern with wire. I'm thinking that I might have to put a more rigid support along the the top on this side (some sort of metal bar) to accommodate the weight.

Thanks for any advice!
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Post  camprn on 5/6/2012, 12:44 pm

This is how I strung my snap pea trellis, I screwed to the top of the box a piece of1x1 on either side of the trellis support and then wove string over and under and over and under.

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Post  marc-in-pa on 5/6/2012, 1:09 pm

Thanks. That helps camprn!
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Post  doneal on 5/6/2012, 4:42 pm

why did you put the post upside down?
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Post  marc-in-pa on 5/6/2012, 11:20 pm

@doneal wrote:why did you put the post upside down?

To maximize the height of the posts, they are drilled into the sides of the box rather than sunk down deep into the dirt. So the metal wings, which are a little sharp, would be showing one way or another. I figured the wings would be in the way more if they were at the bottom so I put the posts in upside down. You are actually the first person to mention that. Good eye.
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Post  marc-in-pa on 5/30/2012, 11:30 pm

So this is what I did at the end of the day with the pea trellis. Following Camprn's lead, I used twine for the peas and strung twine in a repeated W pattern. It's a little hard to see but for horizontal support on the pea trellis, 12 gauge wire is strung between the posts and cross hatched through the twine.

The trellis on the left will hold heavier veggies and fruit (mini-watermelon, musk melon, and two types of cukes) so that is completely strung with wire. It has a bit of a wonky look to it but it's strong. After I strung the vertical wires, they kept creeping in toward the center and it created the bowing that you see. Crafting links out of the wire solved the creeping part. This can be seen in the close up on the top portion of the trellis. The same thing is done on the bottom. The posts were $5 each. The amount of wire used was under $4.











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