We showed you our garden support system made wholly of bamboo trellises that we fashion from bamboo and jute twine.
Perhaps a tutorial is in order. When I first started making these trellises I got the idea from a story many years ago in Martha Stewart Living magazine. Who else but Martha would have something like this?
First we get out bamboo from a neighbor who is happy to have the dead wood from his bamboo forest thinned each year.
Then we cut six (or eight) poles per trellis to approximately the same length (somewhere betwen 8 and 12 feet depending on the poles we have). Accurate measuring is not necessary.
Tie pairs or triads together by winding twine around them.
We used to be much more precise but have realized over the past few years that lots of twine and fancy lashing just aren’t necessary.
Stick the untied ends of the bamboo in the dirt and lash crossbars across the top and bottoms.
It’s not necessary for the bamboo poles to be uniform in diameter or even totally straight.
After the basic shape is erect, string the entire form with 6-8 verticle twine climbers. Tie at the bottom and go over the top bar and tie on the oppposite side.
This basic A-shape trellis is great for cucumbers, pole beans or any vining vegetable (or flower, if you’re into that sort of thing. I am, but Charlie is certainly not going to waste time or energy on trellising flowers.)
Hmmm . . .
What’s your totally frugal but extravagant secret? C’mon, let us in on it, we won’t tell.