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Post  Joy on 3/7/2010, 3:44 pm

I am a city girl-country gardener wantabe...

Stubbled onto SGG book at Lowe and purchased it. Read it in one day, and have made my first square the next day (yesterday). I am planning my garden now, and going to purchase the PVC etc... I am planning beans and need to make the vertical steel trellis...No specific instructions for construction challenged people in book...

Can someone help me???

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Post  paynjk7 on 3/7/2010, 3:57 pm

Hi Joy!

I made my first SFG last year and I had a lot of luck with a PVC trellis anchored to the outside of my box and held together with PVC elbows. It's also really cheap to do it that way. For the actual trellis, I used plastic fencing, although if I had to do it again I would use something with wider spacing. Good luck!

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Post  SirTravers on 3/7/2010, 9:15 pm

I know it's not as pretty as Mel's Trellice but you could use 6 foot tall t posts and hog wire. that would be strong enough to hold up pumpkins hehe. Take a T post and pound it in a foot. Use one on each side of the box and then tie up a panel of hog wire in between. It's a little more "rural" looking, but hey...it works.

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Post  timwardell on 3/8/2010, 5:31 pm

I originally built a trellis using PVC but it didn't hold up. For my 2nd attempt I used the electrical conduit set up Mel describes in his book. It was fairly simple. Get some 1' or 1.5' of 1/2" rebar and drive them into the ground next to (or even inside) your boxes. I bought 3 pieces of 10' long 1/2" steel electrical conduit at Lowes (or was it Home Depot?). It was very cheap. I bought four 1/2" steel electrical conduit 90 degree elbows (these just screw on with a philps head screwdriver). I cut all 3 pieces of conduit in half - giving me six 5' sections allowing me to make two 5'x5'x5' trellises. I found a nylon net in the garden section of Lowes 5'x8' for about $5 and secured it to the conduit with zip ties. Works great. If I can find a decent picture of it I'll post it.
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