A simple weekend project for building a wire trellis, ideal for growing grapes, cucumbers, roses, or any other climbing plants.
Cook Time 2hours
Total Time 2hours
Author Chef Markus Mueller
Shovel or Spade
2each4"x 4"x 8' fence posts which I cut a 22-degree angle at one end
1each2"x 4"x 10' wood peicefor the top "plate"
50ftgalvanized steel wire the stuff used to put up chain link fencing
3bagscrushed pothole gravel
Start by digging two 2ft deep post holes for the fence posts 10ft apart. Make the holes about 12 inches in diameter, giving you enough room to get a spade down into, yet at the same time keeping it small enough to ensure a snug and secure base for the posts.
After digging the post holes for the wire trellis, place about an inch of crushed gravel in the bottom of the hole with a flat rock on top. This acts as the base for the posts, and allows for drainage.
Place the fence posts in the holes and fill the holes three-quarters of the way with crushed gravel. Stamp down the gravel with your boot or piece of 2x4.
Use a level and ensure your fence posts are straight! Once straight fill in the rest of the hole with excess dirt and compact that down as well, your fence post is essentially set in place and you will not be able to straighten it out much, without having to dig up the entire shebang.
Once the post sare securely planted in the ground and level, screw the 2x4x10 bar to the top of the posts.
Once the top bar has been secured, drill 4 pilot holes 1 foot apart all the way up the end posts, on the inside of the frame. Screw a J Hook into every second hole on one side and the Eye Screws in every second hole opposite a J-hook.
Install the wire stretching it from eye hook to on one end to a turnbuckle on the other. Attach the turnbuckle to a j-hook and tighten the wire.
Building A Wire Trellis https://www.earthfoodandfire.com/building-a-diy-wire-trellis/ July 26, 2016