Pipe + Netting Garden Trellis

We’re back from vacationing in Alaska, where the only projects I accomplished were hiking all over the place and not getting eaten by a bear.  Among many other things, we explored a glacier cave, which was literally awesome and only slightly dangerous.


Glacier Cave

I’m very glad to have experienced it, but I was also thinking “If I die in an ice cave collapse, no one will be able to say ‘Well, at least Marti died doing what she loved.'”  I mean, really, killed while hiking? Wearing pants that covert into shorts?  That is not how I am supposed to go. Death by spray paint fumes, or a freak rug avalanche, or a pizza overdose: then you can say I died right.  So, let’s get back to it!

As briefly glimpsed and mentioned in the post about building our raised garden beds, I rigged up a heavy-duty trellis structure for our vining plants:

  • I bought 3/4″ thin-wall electrical conduit at The Home Depot (only $11, which is much cheaper than I expected metal to be). The friendly folks at The Home Depot will cut the pipes for you (Menards doesn’t, by the way).
  • Two pull elbows ($7 total) to connect the three pieces.  The PVC sleeves on either end of the bed secure the metal pipes.
  • Finally, I ordered Dalen Gardeneer nylon trellis netting from Amazon ($9).

Raised Garden Bed

Trellis Netting

Garden Trellis

The net is loose and stretchy until you pull it taut and secure it.  I tied the loose ends and also used cord ties.

Garden Trellis Netting

Garden Trellis Netting

Garden Trellis Netting

All-in-all cheaper than metal cages, much sturdier, easier to harvest and plenty tall for high-climbers like pole beans.  Now that our first wave of lettuce and spinach are gone, the tomatoes are putting the trellis to use.

Garden Trellis Netting

Two other late-crop newcomers are the cucumber and French pole bean plants.  The latter isn’t coming out swinging, but I hope it perks up once its roots get stronger.

Cucumber Pole Beans

In other garden news, our broccoli was kind of a bust.  It looked hardy, but we got only a few small heads that immediately flowered.  So much space and nutrients consumed for so little food produced.


The lettuce has peaked but continues to keep us knee-deep in salads, and the kale crop has been amazing.  We harvest the outer leaves and the center keeps growing.  Mint, of course, is bountiful and irrepressible.

Garden Harvest

And, really, the best part of the garden is simply that it’s pretty.  Summer!

Backyard Garden

2 thoughts on “Pipe + Netting Garden Trellis

  1. I had 2 broccoli plants, and they each produced one giant, grocery store-like floret, and a bunch of tiny ones on the side. I gave the other 2 plants to my parents, who planted them closer to each other than I planted mine, so I wonder if they enjoy space.

    In the last picture, is the kale plant the giant one in the middle, but sort of off to the right a bit? I may try that next year!

    1. Hey, Kei: There are three big plants on the bottom there (from left to right): broccoli, kale and zucchini. The zucchini is the especially giant, bright green guy. If you like kale, I definitely recommend it – it’s really hardy and so much tastier than what I find at the grocery store. We did a Red Russian variety.

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