A Modern Homesteader

Tying your own custom trellising

So despite the rainy, dreary day we had here in the Pacific Northwest,  I got a ton done outside. I tied three trellis nets, built two more, but ran out of materials for more. I’ll have to pop over to the hardware store and pick up some new materials to do a few more.  I also planted 6 tomatoes into larger pots where they can grow out their lives and produce fruit, probably in the driveway or the front walk. These are some of the plants I reserved to plant out at the farm, but alas that seems to be not happening.  Quite a few of the plants were horribly stressed from staying in the gallon size pots too long and  I’m pretty disappointed about that, but there was nothing I could do about the situation.

I planted some purple podded pole beans that were saved from last year, to replace the other beans that didn’t germinate and/or were devoured by beasties. I also planted a bunch of bush beans in the hugelkulture bed…like 60 or so. Added another couple layers of twine to the Florida weave in tomato house #1. I contemplated putting the weave together in house #2 but, decided I would need to cut rebar and… opted out of that…given the rain and my aching back.I’m washing all the gardening gloves because they are ALL dirty and muddy after working in the rain. This is a good idea anyhow because you can carry disease and weed seeds all over if you don’t practice good garden hygiene. Since many of my gloves go with me to work at the student farm in Edmonds and to various horticulture events there is no telling what I might bring home to my garden!

So, how did I tie the trellis? Well, I found this great video that showed how to  tie custom netting that is quite durable and steady. I used Mason Line in white to tie my trellises. It was smooth enough to allow me to pull the cord tight and not have the pieces get horribly tangled. I usually prefer a natural material rope but for this I opted for durability.
I also discovered that if you use the threaded 1/2″ PVC 90 degree elbows, they will work as corners on 1/2 metal conduit for trellising…at a fraction of the cost of the conduit corners. It’s not perfect, but it does work!

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