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I guess we are all thinking SPRING and SUMMER now to grow our I. nils. I love my vines - MGs as well as others! My yard is basically being designed as outdoor garden rooms, so I am looking for cheap but beautiful ideas. I came across the Better Homes and Gardens website that has some amazing trellis and vine pole ideas in it! I thought I would share it with all of you if you are looking for some ideas for creating a decorative pole or trellis to showcase your favorite MG vines:
Oh my, it's that time. This year hopefully my cattle panels will go up.. I've got some in the raised beds, but want to put some to make the tunnel for gourds.
Beth, do you have two tied together?
I've been gathering headboards and footboards from thriftstores to make a couple of benches for this summer, but I may just keep them inside, the headboards I found are really neat and have great carvings. Anyway, the reason I mentioned them is that on the TT forum they had a couple of the bedsprings from probably the 50's or 60's that a person made a trellis out of.. You could probably spray them green to blend in and put three to form a triangle oblisk type.
Beth - I do really like the livestock fencing tunnel idea. I wish that was something I could figure out how to tie down somehow. With the tropical storm winds we get here, I'm afraid it would blow away if I don't have it secured somehow. But I really, really like that idea! I love seeing your pictures of the vines all over the tunnel! Way cool!
I was thinking that maybe I could sink some 10 ft. tall 4 X 4 posts in the ground to 8' tall height and secure some of the livestock fencing to them to make a tall trellis. It would sure make a nice privacy wall when the vines are all over it. Sort of like the photo at the top of this thread, only instead of being all wood and fancy, it would just be the posts with the fencing attached. Hmmm ... I am wanting a 4 ft. tall white picket vinyl fence around my new patio for vines to grow on. I was going to make an arbor entrance to the backyard along with adding some fencing. Using 4 X 4 wood posts and livestock fencing would sure be a lot cheaper. Ooh! Can you see my brain lighting up!!!! Hmmm ...
I have about 5 cattle panels wired together to make the tunnels. They do not tend to blow away at all! You just get 4 pieces of rebar and pound them down into the ground. Then you bend the cattle panel into an arch in between them. The spring tension will keep it there but I use a bit of wire on each rebar anyway. Wind blows right through these so they are no apt to pick up and blow away. I can't see that happening no matter how strong the wind got. You can also hang hanging baskets of mgs from them. They are exactly the right height to walk through.
These are two halves of one panel that we cut and placed inside the raised beds when as we constructed the beds.. there is a rockwall now and you cannot see the field now. The winds did not bother these at all, I even had several melons climb up these trellis'. They were meant for peas and greenbeans.
For those who can use smaller welded steel wire, you can find it at home depot in the concrete supplies. They have 4'x5' pieces, for around $5 for reinforcing concrete. They relly get your imagination going. Frank
BindweedBeth, I really like the cattle fencing panels. Gives me lots of ideas. I think I might have seen this before (I'm thinking it was actually at Six Flags in St. Louis, MO) and they had wisteria growing all over it. It created very dark shade. I'm thinking the cattle panels would look great with morning glories and Paul's Himalyan Musk rose climbing all over it.
I'm always looking for trellis ideas!
I have some vine poles built with the cattle wire, and use everything from bamboo ladders to chains...
After Huricane Rita dropped the next door neighbors pecan tree on the premises, I had the builders leave the tall posts on the fence..as I knew I would do something with them...most likely a trellis...that page I think is going to be the answer - I think the vine pole idea is going to work great with the posts!
The picture is the top of the fence with the original sized posts...right now I just have an ordinary trellis between them.
rj - LOL! If the last posted photo was larger ... I might be able to see what the posts look like! LOL!
Your vines are beautiful and I love the trellis idea. I hear ya about hurricanes destroying your yard. Been there, done that! But I can thank Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne for my newfound love of gardening. That was the start of my great adventure with garden beds, DG, and plants, plants, and more plants!!! I'm loving every moment! :-)