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Post  Healing Garden on 4/5/2011, 7:07 pm

Last year I had Mel's Tomato Wagon for my tomato box but didn't need trellises for anything else I was growing. This year I am doing cucumbers, peas, and mellons in addition to tomatoes vertically.

My existing trellis:

This year after spending an exorbitant amount of time thinking about trellises and looking at examples of trellises and calculating costs of trellises I went back to Mel's Book and decided to do it by the book. I was looking for more attractive options originally but decided that the veggies would be covering it anyway. I am thrilled with the cost as most of the store bought trellises were at least $30 each and most weren't strong enough for the cucumbers. Hog panels were certainly an option but I don't have easy access to them here in Boston; shipping would have been outrageous; and the cost would still have been over $100.

Four 5 ft trellises total cost $76.19
Four 10 ft electrical conduit 1/2 inch pipes cut in half $8.80
Two 10 ft electrical conduit 1/2 inch pipes cut into 4 ft sections $4.40
Eight elbow connectors $35.20
Eight 2 ft rebar $12.80
Nylon Netting $14.99

I expect these will last a lifetime and so the expense like most of SFG is upfront and then eases up.
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Post  Furbalsmom on 4/5/2011, 7:42 pm

Healing Garden,

Congratulations on your purchases to build your own trellises out of conduit. This is my first year using the conduit trellis also and I am really looking forward to my vertical gardening.

I was surprised at how inexpensive they turned out. I am with you on this, they will last a long time.

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Post  middlemamma on 4/6/2011, 1:28 am

I love mine and they work great!

You'll be superbly satisfied! I remember after making them and being so happy with how cheap they were..Hmmm, what else can I make outta this stuff? Shocked

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