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Trellis design gallery
« on: May 30, 2017, 08:56:47 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, PaulB. The user is located in Southeast New Mexico, zone 7. This was originally posted on April 16, 2010.

We have some very creative gardeners here at the EB forum.  Many have found solutions to the towering abilities of growth that an earthbox can provide.  Others are searching for these solutions.  While this thread is in no way intended to take sales away from EB of their trellis systems, it is intended to serve as a clearinghouse for the various trellis ideas that people have come up with.  With that idea in mind, I invite all of you to post your trellis ideas, plans, and photos here.  Also feel free to post links to older threads that have trellis photos in them.

I will start off this thread by posting the tomato tunnel trellis I just built.  It is made out of a single piece of 8 foot by 20 foot concrete welded remesh wire, with 6X6 inch openings.  It is held in place by 4 steel fence posts hammered into the ground.  Please note that the nylon string connecting the wire to the posts is just a temporary measure, until I can find the roll of plastic coated steel wire I have hidden away in my garage.

First of all, a view from an angle. This trellis was built specifically for a variety of indeterminate tomatoes.
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Re: Trellis design gallery
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2017, 09:03:56 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, PaulB. The user is located in Southeast New Mexico, zone 7. This was originally posted on April 16, 2010.

A view from one end.
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Re: Trellis design gallery
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2017, 09:05:27 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, PaulB. The user is located in Southeast New Mexico, zone 7. This was originally posted on April 16, 2010.
A side view.
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Re: Trellis design gallery
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2017, 09:08:29 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Guest, cushman350. This was originally posted on April 16, 2010.

I like it. Wont you need to "train" your vines to follow the arbor as they get out of reach. They send their shoots vertical, do you own a cherry picker?  Wink

Will that wire hold up that ladder I see agin dat tin storage building? Got scaffolding?

The tree has got to go Paul.
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Re: Trellis design gallery
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2017, 09:22:31 am »
Disclaimer:This post ws originally posted by Hero Member, Deb. The user is located in The Pacific NorthWET- Sunset - W. Climate Zone 6. This was originally posted on April 16, 2010.
When you said hoop tunnel, I assumed youd put the plants inside and it would be for shade in your climate.  I just keep learning to not jump to conclusions.  ;>

So where do you find those 8x20 panels?  (she asks, although shes having trouble getting 3x16 hog panels home)   ;>

This looks good, but I think Id stretch it out a bit so I could reach the top.  I hate to pick from ladders!

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Re: Trellis design gallery
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2017, 09:24:29 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, PaulB. The user is located in Southeast New Mexico, zone 7. This was originally posted on April 16, 2010.

I will indeed be training the plants to lie on top of the trellis, using the green plastic ties.  I do have a 6 foot ladder that I can use, but as I stand over 6 feet tall myself, I can almost reach the top of the arch.  The tree doesnt overhang the trellis.  I can prune it, but as I am renting the property, I cant remove it.  It is actually toward the northeast of the boxes, so it wont be  much of a problem.

I purchased the remesh screen at one of my local lumber and building supply companies, not one of the big box places like Home Depot.  It is for reinforcing concrete, so you might also check with a concrete supplier.

The whole idea of this design is to let the tomatoes hang down so that they are easier to pick.  A step ladder should be fine for harvesting, and the other ladder should work for training the plants.

Next year, I intend on making this into a rainbow of tomatoes, planting different colors of heirloom cherry tomatoes, one color after another.  This design can easily be added to in 8 increments by adding another panel.

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Re: Trellis design gallery
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2017, 09:30:06 am »
Disclaimer: This was originally posted by Hero Member, LavendulaFleur. The user is located in So Cal (The Valley) Zone 10. This is originally posted on April 16, 2010.

That is a really fabulous looking trellis!

Could you come over here and build one for me?

Looking forward to seeing what it looks like when your maters are going gung ho.
 
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Re: Trellis design gallery
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2017, 09:31:44 am »
Disclaimer: This was originally posted by Guest, cushman350. This was originally posted on April 16, 2010.

The only reason I mention the ladder is my experience when my toms out grew their cage, about six foot long, so they grew up, fell over, and then I had 4 feet of laid over tomato that then started sending shoots vertical for the whole length.
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Re: Trellis design gallery
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2017, 09:33:11 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Guest, acanfield. This was originally posted on April 16, 2010.

Fantastic!  I cant wait to see the plants growing along the arch and the tomatoes hanging down.
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Re: Trellis design gallery
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2017, 09:35:19 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, PaulB. The user is located in Southeast New Mexico, zone 7. This was originally posted on April 16, 2010.

Lets get more pictures posted here.
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Re: Trellis design gallery
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2017, 09:49:29 am »
Disclaimer: This was originally posted by Hero Member, Tania. This user was originally located ~__~ So Cal / Zone 10. This was originally posted on April 17, 2010.

These are the supports I made for my Heritage Rasps and a Blackberry I had growing in EBs.
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Re: Trellis design gallery
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2017, 09:55:05 am »
Disclaimer: This was originally posted by Hero Member, Tania. This user was originally located ~__~ So Cal / Zone 10. This was originally posted on April 17, 2010.


These are the supports I made for my Heritage Rasps and a Blackberry I had growing in EBs. Continued.
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Re: Trellis design gallery
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2017, 10:11:43 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Global Moderator, Hero Member, movrshakr on Forum Driveway farm 2009. This user is located in Zone 10a- near Cape Canaveral. This was originally posted on April 17, 2010.

OK, my son and I redid the trellis frame (see pics below).

Below are the measurements we used; any not listed here are as in the original diagram.  As you can see, we changed to three cross supports on the bottom.  I did this because I wanted the box sitting entirely within the perimeter  of the trellis bottom.  Actually, it has to in the left right direction in order for the verticals to be outside the box rim. We also made it so the box sits entirely on the pipe without resting on any part of a tee body--so the box will not "rock."

(spacing does not let everything line up exactly right--must be proportional font)

lateral segments (8 required) - 6 3/8" ea. tee----tee----tee----tee----tee
cross segments (3) - 12 3/8" ea.                |        |        |       |         |
interior end pieces (4) - 5 5/8" ea.           tee       |        |        |      tee
stick-out end pieces (4) - 6" ea.                 |        |        |       |         |
                                                          tee----tee----tee----tee----tee

oh shoot, I didnt write down the length of the top cross bar, but you can easily measure it to be the width that would match distance between the two tees into which the verticals fit.  Length is not critical on the stick-out end stabilization pieces.  Id suggest doing them last and use any left-over PVC from previous cuts.

PVC was inserted fully into the tees and elbows (top); a rubber mallet was used to tap them to fully seat them.

I made my verticals 82" tall but you can choose whatever is best for the plants you have.

I put 1/2 " EMT (electrical metal tube??) inside the 3/4" PVC verticals and the top cross bar.
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Re: Trellis design gallery
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2017, 10:14:57 am »
Disclaimer this post was originally posted by Guest, cushman305. This was originally posted on April 17, 2010.

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These are the supports I made for my Heritage Rasps and a Blackberry I had growing in EBs.

I notice the uprights are inside the EB, a good wind will take these over. Id use the available ground to anchor the trellises.

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Re: Trellis design gallery
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2017, 10:16:42 am »
Disclaimer: This was originally posted by Hero Member, Tania. This user was originally located ~__~ So Cal / Zone 10. This was originally posted on April 17, 2010.

Disclaimer this post was originally posted by Guest, cushman305.

Disclaimer: This was originally posted by Hero Member, Tania. This user was originally located ~__~ So Cal / Zone 10.

These are the supports I made for my Heritage Rasps and a Blackberry I had growing in EBs.

I notice the uprights are inside the EB, a good wind will take these over. Id use the available ground to anchor the trellises.



Fortunately in my area, high winds are not an issue.
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