Trellis Ideas for Containers

mommie_roseFebruary 20, 2007

I recently moved to a new home (still renting, meaning I can't plant into the ground), and I'm planning on growing some vegetables in containers, but I need ideas for trellises. The plants I'll need trellises for are:

tomatoes

peas

cucumbers

I plan on growing two containers of tomatoes and peas. The containers I'll be using will be five-gallon buckets, and the buckets will be on a concrete porch. I'll be growing other plants next to these which don't require trellises.

Ideally, I would like one trellis for all five containers. I have virtually no experience with trellises. Please help!

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maineman(z5a ME)

Mommie_rose,

"I recently moved to a new home (still renting, meaning I can't plant into the ground)..."

We are currently living with my daughter and son-in-law, so we can make a large garden here. But over the years, we have been renters at several places. We have been fortunate because every one of our landlords said "Yes" when we asked for permission to make a small garden. Just an idea.

Is there any sort of clothesline on your concrete porch area? If so, you could tie lengths of heavy string from it and tie your tomato vines to the string. Peas and cucumbers have tendrils and will grasp a hanging string with little or no "training".

There are small "ready made" trellises at home stores and garden centers and your 5-gallon buckets, when filled with potting medium, might be stable enough to permit those to be inserted in them.

Or perhaps you could build something of your own design with inexpensive materials.

MM

    Bookmark   February 20, 2007 at 12:01PM
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mommie_rose

Thanks, MM, for the input. There is no clothesline in the area. I'm thinking about getting some ready made trellises, but I got two last year for my two containers of peas, and the peas outgrew the trellises. Last year was a lot easier, as we were living in an apartment with a balcony, so I could just train my plants to go on the railing. I was hoping to design my own inexpensive trellis, as you suggested, but I don't know where to start. What materials would be best? What would be the best design? I don't have my containers set up yet, so I could plan their arrangement around the trellis, really.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2007 at 1:02PM
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plot_thickens(8a)

Earthboxes with concrete-reinforcing-wire trellises...the wire was bent into a box that just fit into the rim of the container. Good for maters, vining squash, beas, beans....

    Bookmark   February 20, 2007 at 1:15PM
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maineman(z5a ME)

Plot_thickens,

You might want to leave one side open on the square re-mesh trellis. I trained some things up on large 2½-foot diameter re-mesh tomato cages, using them as cylindrical trellises, and discovered that it is hard to harvest the stuff that hangs inside the closed trellis. I had icebox watermelons that were just too large to get through the 6-inch squares of the re-mesh, so when it came time to pick them, I had to tediously move them up to the top of the cylinder, one square at a time. It was a tricky two-handed operation. I had the same problem harvesting Costata Romanesco vining Zucchini squash.

This year I will be opening up some of my tomato cage trellises to allow access to the inside. Except for the ones that are still used as tomato cages.

MM

    Bookmark   February 21, 2007 at 12:33PM
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    Bookmark   February 25, 2007 at 11:46PM
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Fred_in_Maine(Southern Maine)

You might try tomato cages. However I have found that tomato cages tend to lose their grip in the loose soil used for containers and start to fall over under the weight of the fruit.

What has worked for me is to attach 3 vertical poles to the outside of a plastic 5-Gallon paint bucket. For this I used bamboo, it is cheap and very strong. Then wrap the poles horizontally as the plants grow with whatever is convenient. String or twisted sheets of cloth work well.

To attach the vertical poles to the bucket I first twist screw-eyes into the container. One at the bottom and another near the top. You can do this by hand. Screw eyes are like screws but the top has no flat surface into which one would insert a screwdriver. Instead the top is looped creating an eye into which you can insert the bamboo.

This photo might help explain

    Bookmark   May 18, 2007 at 7:16PM
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zwoddle(5b)

I was cleaning out a basement and found an old crib. I took it to use as a trellis and hopefully it will work.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2007 at 11:30PM
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