Monday, March 14, 2011

Trellis follow up

Sorry about the delay. Life - you know - ummm, well, anyway.


Here is the next step. Now, the book tells me to glue the joints with pvc cement. I bought the supplies to do it but I am thinking about not gluing the pieces together. Just drilling some holes and screwing them together. The advantage to me is that I can disassemble them later. If something gets damaged, I can easily replace the broken part.

However, living in a climate that is prone to severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and blizzards means these should be very sturdy to stand up to strong winds. Would the joints be strong enough with just a few screws through them? Then again, nothing will stand up to a tornado anyway . . .

Any thoughts, friends?

Finally, the trellis sheet will be screwed to the frame. I am making four of these so far. I have several ideas on where to put them. I do need some vertical growing space in my vegetable garden this year, since I plan on growing peas, beans, ornamental squash and cucumbers vertically. However, these are so cute, I thought about lining them up along the side of my garage and training some flowering vines up them instead.

I am excited to get these finished and in the garden. Just got to wait for the ground to thaw enough to dig the holes.

Oh, and I found a plan for pvc garden furniture. The old grey cells are percolating away . . .

40 comments:

Plant Lady said...

Great Idea! I need some trellises for loofah gourds...thanks for the idea!

Rani said...

Kick butt, L! It's so pretty.

Ellen said...

I'd do the screws instead of the glue. That seems easier to re-do if necessary. Loofah gourds sound good, too!

mnkristy said...

Oh, I love this idea!!! I love snap peas and cucumbers but seem to run out of room in my small garden. I end up pulling the cucumber vines over the small fence. This would greatly help the overcrowding issue and make it so easy to pick cucumbers. I think I may have to make some of these. Thanks!!!

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melnik said...

Why dig holes? 2 garden steel posts will be easier. Then slide the pvc over them. Easy to take down later.

Hilary Erickson said...

I love this idea! I'd bang some rebar in and then string the pvc over them.

granny2danny said...

I just love this idea. Of course, I just bought a poor quality pre-made wooden trellis a few days before I came upon this one. We just had our house tuck pointed and did not want to drill anything into the brick, so we drove 5ft stakes into the ground behind the trellis and secured it to the stakes with zip-ties - it's not going anywhere! When I saw your trellis, I thought how easy it would be to just slip it over some stakes to secure it (even maybe put a couple of screws to secure it further to the stakes). Definitely going to make a few of these - just love them!

Looking 4 Justice said...

Awesome just what I was looking for !! I live in a condo -- the landlords are awesome and I can have my garden and my dogs but I don't have my "own" area for my girls this would be great I could use as a fence (Wake it taller) attach a hinge or two and My girls can be out with me while I garden and they won't have to always be on the leash !!

Looking 4 Justice said...

Awesome just what I was looking for !! I live in a condo -- the landlords are awesome and I can have my garden and my dogs but I don't have my "own" area for my girls this would be great I could use as a fence (Wake it taller) attach a hinge or two and My girls can be out with me while I garden and they won't have to always be on the leash !!

Anonymous said...

Awesome just what I was looking for !! I live in a condo -- the landlords are awesome and I can have my garden and my dogs but I don't have my "own" area for my girls this would be great I could use as a fence (Wake it taller) attach a hinge or two and My girls can be out with me while I garden and they won't have to always be on the leash !!

Anonymous said...

Awesome just what I was looking for !! I live in a condo -- the landlords are awesome and I can have my garden and my dogs but I don't have my "own" area for my girls this would be great I could use as a fence (Wake it taller) attach a hinge or two and My girls can be out with me while I garden and they won't have to always be on the leash !!

Sylvie Vogelgesang said...

how about plastic ties ?

Stewart & Dawn said...

We don't have so much of your weather problem in the UK, but are interested in this!
Can you tell us what diameter the pipes are for your frame?
I don't know if the flat pvc strips are available here!
Thanks anyway!
S & D!

Robert said...

I do 3/4" PVC on rebar driven into the ground every 4' apart. Green garden fabric is tied on with zip ties.
I have two parallel rows of uprights 8' apart with 10' PVC lying across up-top. This studies the structure against winds.
Beans tomatos and cuckumbers climb up and across. Makes for easy harvesting.

Anonymous said...

Looks like this post is a few years old, but wanted to comment. This idea is perfect for me. It is inexpensive, easy to do in any size and configuration you want, and looks nice. One can utilize the matching 4x8 vinyl lattice sheets as well, since they are easy to cut to any size you want. Thanks!

Lydia sALINAS said...

hi just seen your trellis on pintrest someone posted I couldn't get the measurements on it can you please post them again if possible, I also went on your blog but only shows the pipe layout but no DIY info. would appreciate it much Lydia salinas

Anonymous said...

You could put some cement into the bottom legs of the pvc for added stability, perhaps make those legs longer so they can be buried.

Anonymous said...

I like this pvc trellis idea. Where is the initial post? All I can see is the follow up.
What kind of screws were used? Do you have any photos of how/where you used the final product?

Thanks so much.

Couriggia said...

Use 1/2 or 3/4 inch dowels if you don't have the steel rod.

Tina Peterson said...

I'm wondering if I could use this idea to make a fence that's like 10'x10' somehow? My kids play on our long driveway and I'd like to fix up a "corral" of sorts for the toddler & still have room to park....

Wendy said...

Since you mentioned durability in the cold and no-one answered that, I wanted to tell you my experience with PVC in the cold. I know this is an old post, but I thought others who stumble across it might wonder the same thing.

When my son was a preschooler, I built a jungle gym out of PVC, and used bolts instead of glue on the joints. It was roughly 4'x6'x6', included horizontal ladder, climbing area, raised platform and fireman pole. It survived 3 summers with 3 little boys climbing on it regularly, and 2 winters of North Dakota cold. I only retired it after we moved to a new neighborhood where several older and bigger kids came over to play. It could not stand up to the heavy use it got then. Until that time it showed absolutely no signs of damage.

Mike Wood said...

Great idea! However, I don't think I have ever seen the plastic trellis before…. just wood. Where did you find the plastic lattice work?

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dwellinpossibility312 said...

In answer to Mike Wood's question, I purchased 4 x 8 sheets of this trellis at Menards. I used it for a different purpose, but moved and didn't know what to do with it. Now I'm thinking about it in new ways.

pamela said...

great idea. out neighbors are close so we need a privacy fence. will grow wisteria half way and grapes the other half. beauty and smells great and can eat the grapes.

NanaRe said...

WHAT A GREAT IDEA for those of us with CONDO's who cannot attach directly to siding - now I can grow my tomatoes and my climbing flowers on something removable!!! YEA

Anonymous said...

I was looking for something like this for weeks. My brother has a plumbing supply hose so no problem with the pvc. My friend is s welder and he will make very sturdy stakes to slip them on. He did it for our beach umbrellas and they never move. I also have s nasty neighbor that will hide his property. I have morning glory and sunflowers etc. it's such a great idea...thank you so very much for sharing this clever screen, I love it!!

Anonymous said...

Wondering how long your rebar is when you place the PVC over it?

Anonymous said...

What is a loofa gourd?what to grow some gourds for bird house

Claudia said...

What a great idea! I love it! I'm going to have a booth at art festivals this summer and need something to hang my framed watercolor paintings on in the booth. I wouldn't be able to have metal stakes in the ground to support the lattice panels. Any ideas on how to hold up the lattice panels? Free standing base? I need help on ideas for that. The paintings aren't heavy, but the lattice panels will need some support. The panels will also be zip-tied to the top of the tent for stability. Thanks for the idea!

Anonymous said...

We get ours at home depot or Lowe's. Most garden stores have it. Could call around and ask.

Anonymous said...

Build 3 sets. Zip tie them and they should stand up. I would think being zip ties to the tent might enough. Depends on how big you need it. I used to build stage sets using pvc.

Anonymous said...

I used this method to make a dog kennel for my Chihuahua. Amazing but you don't really need​ fasteners for the frame. Tention will hold it together for a long time. The lattice can be attached with zip ties. Then if you want to repurpose it all twists and snips apart. May not hold up in a tornado but it will last through most else.

Anonymous said...

Zip ties won't last very long if they are in the sun.

Anonymous said...

Good idea! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

A loofah gourd when ripe and dried out becomes the body scrubbers that have need used for years.The fibrous structure remains after drying. Amazingly simple to grow.

Anonymous said...

If you dont want to glue,here's an idea instead of using, screws. Drill a small hole and use pins to keep it together. Like a cotter and clevis pin. Something that would make it easy to disassemble, reassemble and store.