I mentioned before that I like to re-purpose things. Actually I might have said reuse, but you get my drift. This week’s project has been waiting a few months. I finally jumped on it after watching how to make trellises the square foot gardening way. I am really into square foot gardening, although I have an in ground garden at my own home.
It began with a post on our local Beg Borrow Barter page on facebook by my friend Gini. The Samaritan Inn Thirft Store had an old clothes rack out front for free. I knew at once it belonged in my vegetable garden, I just didn’t know how. I planned to go vertical as much as possible this year so I was hoping to grow my squash and zucchini up and over it. I wasn’t sure how to do this at first. I was afraid the metal would burn the tender growth in the sun. So I thought maybe I could wrap the poles with jute to give them something to grab on and it wouldn’t be so hot. After watching some SFG videos I knew I needed to make a trellis. Typically they’re made with nylon string, but I had the jute so that’s what I used.
Here’s the clothes rack before I got to work.
I tied vertical strings to the top bar using my judgement on the spaces in between.
I then tied the vertical strings to one horizontal string tied very tightly at the bottom of the rack. It bowed a little but hey, it’s home made, it’s not going to be perfect.
Then I wove the horizontal strings in by wrapping the string around each vertical junction to ensure they would be able to support the veggie weight without sliding. After I did the one side, I switched to the other side and did the same thing, although much quicker!
I plan to make one long hill on each side of the trellis each for squash and zucchini. I have yet to figure out how to secure it to the ground so suggestions are welcome.
Re-purposing is an amazing feeling! I will post pics of this when the veg is growing on the vine!