A place for people to post stuff they did with the extra time at home that many are being forced to take.
My kids are unhappy with their activities being cancelled and wish we could see friends and go to restaurants again. I’ve lost my job (hopefully only temporarily). But it’s not all bad: I’ve had more time to do projects and cook at home when I would normally have been out doing other things. City streets are quiet and there are very few cars. I’ve never seen so many people taking walks and jogging. My family eats every meal together. Kids are loving having way more computer time than they normally get.
Last weekend I took advantage of not being scheduled to run kids around town or socialize by working up some new trellises for the garden.
I feel like I need a good trellis solution because I don’t have a lot of space. I live in the city and need to maximize use of ground area. So far I have not found the perfect solution.
My growing spaces are kind of broken up in various sizes and none are terribly big. I also like to change what I grow in each area to try and keep disease at bay. So I need my trellises to be able to adapt to different size and shaped areas, be movable, and be easy to set up and take down.
I made some trellises out of rough cut local oak in 2016, which you can see in the pictures in this post:
The first year I strung my own netting using jute twine between an array of screws at the perimeter. I also tried some premade jute netting. Neither of these lasted all that long and it was hard to separate vegetation from them at the end of the season. Also, the low trellises were not all that useful. Plus the legs which stake into the ground rotted quickly. So I felt like I needed to try something else.
The other issue I’ve been fighting for a few years is rabbits. Basically I can’t grow peas, beans, or carrots without something to fence out the rabbits.
So anyway, I took the old trellises apart and reused some of the wood and stainless screws, plus extra oak that had been stacked next to my house to formulate a new take on the trellis challenge. I bought some welded wire roll from Amazon (free delivery, which is unbelievable since it was so heavy!).
The new system is based on 6’ uprights since that was how long the rough 1x4 boards were. The welded wire is only 5’, but I need some space at the top to allow hinging anyway. Would be slightly better if the wire and uprights were about 6" longer, but it is decent. Plus the taller it is the more you have to work to make it not fall over. Each panel is composed of three cross pieces and two uprights. The wire mesh is screwed down to the cross pieces. Each upright has 1" holes drilled at either end to receive a piece of tubing or conduit. One panel is 2" narrower than the other, so they can fit together at the ends. Here is my son this morning standing next to two of these trellises. Standing next to each other like this, I hope to get one long tube at the top to tie the two sets together for more stability.
I’m planning on making some small panels for the sides to keep rabbits from getting in to munch baby plants.
If I lie them down and lock the ends together we get the rabbit fence/low trellis version. Not sure this will be as useful as I still need to make something to block the corners, it is then hard to get in to tend the plants, and it is not quite the perfect size for this plot. Still, kind of nifty, right?
I have enough wood to make two more sets of these. I have enough wire to make about a million. Openings are too big to keep out rats and squirrels, otherwise I could line my fence with it.
So, what have all you guys been working on at home? Anything to share?