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Post  jazzymaddy on 4/13/2011, 9:44 pm

Hi all. I'm sure this question has been thrown around a bit, but if you'll indulge me, I'm looking for pretty trellis ideas. My bed is in a very visable spot in my back yard, and I'm trying to go for asthetics. I need ideas. I've looked through the gallery, plus done image google searches, but I'd like to see some more, then be able to pick the brain of the person posting!

Thanks a million!
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PS Oh yeah, I've got one 4x8, and the trellis will run the length of the 8' side. I'm planting tomatoes, peas, cukes, and small watermelon (although those can cascade over the side of the box if need be).

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Post  middlemamma on 4/13/2011, 11:36 pm

LOL...the phrase "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder", comes to mind.

My trellises are conduit and netting just like Mel describes in the book, not pretty....BUT I have seen trellises that were put together from notched branches and twine that I thought were beautiful.

I have seen crib side rails used as a trellis....old picket fences, lots of creative stuff. Smile

For me if it has a plant growing up it about to produce food for me I think it is gorgeous! LOL But I am boring like that.

What, more specifically, are you looking for? DIY? recycled/reused? Being a little more specific might help you get some more helpful answers than mine.

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Post  jazzymaddy on 4/14/2011, 7:33 am

Thanks Mamma. I would love to do recycled, and had thought of using a crib side. Other charming repurposed things would be awesome.

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Post  acara on 4/14/2011, 7:36 am

Well, as my parents always tease me about when they visit .....

"the prettiest trellis, is the one you can't see" (because it's totally overgrown with a bunker crop of something).

My parents have always found it amusing that I spend so much time/money building trellis systems. They spend 15 minutes, I spend 15 days ...... 3 weeks into season, you can't tell one from the other. But I feel better knowing that my trellis is prettier than theirs .....underneath Very Happy

Guess there is merit to both sides of that argument ....LOL

Here are a few ideas from the garden of Frankenstein ...





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Post  jazzymaddy on 4/14/2011, 9:50 am

Wow Frankenstein. Now that's what I'm talking about! You get an honored spot on my Short List! I may be picking your brain here soon if that's amenable to you.

Keep 'em coming y'all!

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Post  acara on 4/14/2011, 12:03 pm

Honestly, search the forums for pergolas ..... IMHO, those are the best eye-candy, if how your trellis looks is important to you ...... and some of the members here have some of the best trellis-porn you'll find anywhere Very Happy

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Post  middlemamma on 4/14/2011, 12:30 pm



Love your humor acara....miss you posting more often!

(How is the wifey and baby doing?)

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Post  acara on 4/14/2011, 3:42 pm

@middlemamma wrote:

Love your humor acara....miss you posting more often!

(How is the wifey and baby doing?)

Critters good, mama and I are a little ragged, but critters good (today is 24 week mark) Very Happy

Doctors are still letting me take care of mama at home & my cooking hasn't killed anyone yet Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Life is good!

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Post  mimi1 on 4/14/2011, 5:37 pm

Frankenstien,

Your trellises are beautiful, but I really love the way you set your box on the cement Squares. I put one of my new boxes on cement blocks in the corners and one in the middle for support. Then I started worrying about snakes being under them. I have been bitten once and don't want to repeat the experience. Thankful it was not poisonous. Scared the tar out of me though! My 4 year old granddaughter has been helping me plant and water everything and I really worried about her and I think I will follow your lead and if I leave enough of it outside the box I will be able to mow right up to it and won't have to weed eat around the box. Thanks for the pictures! Very Happy

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Post  acara on 4/14/2011, 6:28 pm

@mimi1 wrote:Frankenstien,

Your trellises are beautiful, but I really love the way you set your box on the cement Squares. I put one of my new boxes on cement blocks in the corners and one in the middle for support. Then I started worrying about snakes being under them. I have been bitten once and don't want to repeat the experience. Thankful it was not poisonous. Scared the tar out of me though! My 4 year old granddaughter has been helping me plant and water everything and I really worried about her and I think I will follow your lead and if I leave enough of it outside the box I will be able to mow right up to it and won't have to weed eat around the box. Thanks for the pictures! Very Happy

Myrtis

Thanks ....

Actually those aren't blocks, they are 12 x 12", 1/4" thick "enviromats" (made from recycled rubber tires). They are pourous and they compress to self-level the box. Home depot carries them (and just lowered the price). Just lay them on the ground as a pad and set yr box on top of them.


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Post  boffer on 4/14/2011, 6:35 pm

I just love acara's two pictures. The top one because I can't imagine what it's like to have the weather, consistently, to be able to tinker like he does with his tomatoes.

The second picture, I show to everyone who gets near my computer. Every time, the reaction is the same: "OMG WTH is that!" No wonder he built it in the middle of the night! yahoo

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Post  acara on 4/14/2011, 6:40 pm

Actually built it in the middle of the night, drunk, with one eye closed No

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Post  pelujilla on 4/14/2011, 7:14 pm

@boffer wrote:I just love acara's two pictures. The top one because I can't imagine what it's like to have the weather, consistently, to be able to tinker like he does with his tomatoes.

The second picture, I show to everyone who gets near my computer. Every time, the reaction is the same: "OMG WTH is that!" No wonder he built it in the middle of the night!
lol! It's exactly what I muttered...no offense Acara.....my neighbors are probably saying the same about my SFG bed

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Post  acara on 4/14/2011, 7:47 pm

None taken ....

It worked ....and thats all that counts to an engineer.

I probably would have slit my wrist if I was an architect Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  Old Hippie on 4/14/2011, 8:02 pm

Acara, what kind of bottom did you put on your boxes? I plant to do one in the driveway this year and haven't quite got it figured out how I will do it yet.

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Post  mimi1 on 4/14/2011, 8:12 pm

Do you not worry about rubber tire chemicals or whatever leaching into the soil or do you have bottoms on the boxes? I started to plant some tomatoes in old tires but....read not to do that in the forum. I will definately check out our Lowes and Home Depot. I like them. Seems like they would make a good walkway too...?

Thanks Mimi

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Post  jazzymaddy on 4/14/2011, 8:20 pm

Well so far, Acara, that Short List of mine is Really Short... Very Happy

Doesn't anyone else have any pictures?

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Post  MasonGarden on 4/14/2011, 9:50 pm

Acara when you say the mats "compress to self-level the box", does this mean that I can use them on a slight slope and that will take care of it, or did you mean something else?

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Post  marc-in-pa on 4/14/2011, 10:07 pm

For snap peas last year, I built this from some downed black cherry wood.





Not exactly eye candy, but it did it's job well and only cost a few quarters in nylon string and screws.

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Post  Ha-v-v on 4/14/2011, 10:08 pm

@marc-in-pa wrote:For snap peas last year, I built this from some downed black cherry wood.





Not exactly eye candy, but it did it's job well and only cost a few quarters in nylon string and screws.

I loved this trellis !! I thought it was so slick and nifty looking last year Smile I like things like this a lot.

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Post  middlemamma on 4/14/2011, 10:34 pm

Marc! This is the one I was talking about! I love this, I just couldn't remember who posted it!

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Post  acara on 4/15/2011, 1:29 am

@MasonGarden wrote:Acara when you say the mats "compress to self-level the box", does this mean that I can use them on a slight slope and that will take care of it, or did you mean something else?

For lack of a better term, they are "squishy" (my engineering professor is rolling over in his grave right now).

They won't compensate for your slope/grade, but once you get the box fairly level, they may save you from having to break out your level or use playground sand/fine gravel, or shims to get you boxes level (like you have to do when you lay pavers or brick for a walkway).

Did any of that make sense?

Maybe someone else can pipe-in and better explain what I'm trying to say?


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Post  acara on 4/15/2011, 1:37 am

@mimi1 wrote:Do you not worry about rubber tire chemicals or whatever leaching into the soil or do you have bottoms on the boxes? I started to plant some tomatoes in old tires but....read not to do that in the forum. I will definately check out our Lowes and Home Depot. I like them. Seems like they would make a good walkway too...?

Thanks Mimi

I don't worry about it, but I know I probably should.

I have so many bad & ignorant gardening habits that I can't possibly hope to correct everything at once.

But the nice peeps here are helping me fix my bad behaviors, little-by-little.

Right now I'm concentrating on not killing myself or my family with my gardening ...... but I'm sure I'll get to fixing the "enviromentally conscious/friendly" stuff someday.

I don't know that these would make a good walkway though because they are soft/flexible, but they would probably be good as a retrofit for a old wood or concrete deck.

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Post  ModernDayBetty on 4/15/2011, 2:03 am

@marc-in-pa wrote:
Not exactly eye candy, but it did it's job well and only cost a few quarters in nylon string and screws.

Not exactly eye candy?!? I think it's gorgeous!

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Post  acara on 4/15/2011, 7:33 am

+1

...and bonus points for originality and hand-crafted

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