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How To: Build Vertical Supports for Your Garden

By Tidy Brown Wren, bringing order to your nest on May 31, 2012

I've gotten a late start on getting some of my veggies into the garden.  I've already planted potatoes, lettuce, sugar snap peas, and pepper plants.  All that's left is green beans, cucumbers, squash, and cantaloupe. 

I wanted to grow the green beans and cucumbers vertically, so that meant that Hubs and I needed to decide on how to do it - and do it on a budget.  Here's what we came up with:

First, we bought welded wire (we bought vinyl coated so it will last longer). It was $48.00 for the whole roll and we have some left over for another project. 


 Then we bought 12 ten foot lengths of electrical conduit tubing ($2.00 a piece).


Hubs, pounded them into the ground with a fence post pounder.  That was the most practical thing to use because he had to do it while standing on a ladder.  We set the ladder on pieces of 1x4 for stability and also to keep the garden soil from getting compacted.  Each pole was topped with a mini clay pot for cuteness (it's all about presentation, you know).

After each pole was in place, we cut a piece of wire fencing, 7 feet long and attached it to the poles by wrapping the ends around the pole.  The fencing bent easily and we secured each side with a few zip ties.

We built a total of 6 vertical supports.  I planted 2 with green beans and 2 with cucumbers.  The other 2 will be planted with more green beans in a few weeks to lengthen the harvest. 

Hopefully, even though I've gotten a late start, we'll be picking beans and cucs in a few months. 



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