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Vertical Gardening — Easy Plant Trellises

October 19, 2019

Hi, I’m Tricia, an organic gardener. Everybody needs somebody they can lean on, and plants are no exception! Today we’re gonna talk about different types of plant support. Bamboo is a good plant support for the garden. It’s a renewable resource, it’s strong, it’s inexpensive, and it will last for many seasons. As you can see I have a structure made of bamboo to support my plants, I grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, anything that wants to climb through the bamboo. And it’s easy, all you need is a 7′ piece of bamboo and some zip ties. As you can see, I have a frame that’s made of metal and PVC, but you can easily use bamboo. Just attach the frame first. Sink your vertical poles around the perimeter of your bed, about every 12-18″. And use a rubber mallet. We’re going to create a grid, starting 12-18″ above the bed. First attach all the horizontal poles parallel to one another, and attach them to each vertical pole. Next you’re going to attach your crossbars to the horizontals and the verticals that you just installed, about every 12-18″ across. And then just make sure and zip tie at each intersection. Bamboo is also useful for making little teepees that can support pole beans, or peas, or you can put them in containers. To make a teepee, you’ll need a roll of twine, 3-4 bamboo stakes, and a rubberband. Gather your stakes together in 1 hand, making sure they’re level with each other. Put the rubberband around to secure them. Then wind the twine around to secure the poles. Spread your teepee out and you’re done. You can also tie a little bit of twine around the teepee for plants that flop or want to grow outside the edges. Make a little loop in your twine and attach it to the top of the bamboo, and then do a light loop around the first stake And then at the end of the season, after you’ve harvested, just take it up and put it away in storage for the next season. Another great trellising option is this hortonova plastic trellis. It’s a lightweight trellis that’s UV-stabilized. This versatile trellis can be installed either horizontally, like this, to protect and support plants that flop, or vertically for vines and climbers. For a biodegradable annual type of vertical trellising, it’s simple. All you need is some kind of a frame, bamboo will work fine, some twine and a couple of ground staples. Just secure the top with a little knot, bring it down, anchor it with a ground staple, bring the twine back up, wrap it around and repeat all the way down the row. Give your plants something to lean on this year, and Grow Organic for Life!


  • Reply YouDirtyMutha May 18, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Great tips! 🙂

  • Reply JoLuffiroSauce May 18, 2012 at 2:33 am

    awesome tips! i might start the bamboo stuff. XD they look awesome!

  • Reply 1fanger May 18, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Neat tips. Instead of bamboo, I have used the long and straightest uprights from the numerous vibernum that grow on my place. As they don`t usually stand up ;to the moisture in the soils around here, I simply throw the canes in the fire pit after the growing season. Thanks and thumbs up!

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  • Reply Albert Li May 18, 2012 at 4:19 am

    Thank you for the tips!

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley May 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    What a great idea, using something that you have growing already.

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley May 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks, the framework holds up really well over the seasons.

  • Reply JoLuffiroSauce May 19, 2012 at 12:09 am

    that's great to hear! I can't wait till my parents come. they love gardening. we just moved to the midwest and i started a small garden for them. I'm sure they gonna do some stuff when they arrive. I"ll surely suggest this! ^_^

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley May 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    You're very welcome.

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley May 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks! Happy gardening!

  • Reply tiggasmum June 16, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Some great ideas thank you :0)

  • Reply Chris's Wife January 25, 2013 at 7:54 am

    We have a few beautiful trellises in our garden.. we live in the St. Louis, Mo area. What plants do you suggest? Last year we had blooms with purple growing up it!! Hope to get it back!

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley January 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Sounds lovely! I wonder if it was passion flower or clematis. I'm mostly an edible gardener so I think in edibles, Concord grapes grow in your area and are lovely trellised plants. Hardy kiwis which are fuzzless and can be eaten without peeling or anything and produce in part shade, hops are really pretty. You can espalier currants. For annuals stuff like scarlet runner beans, melons, cucumbers and squash are good to grow.

  • Reply Chris's Wife January 26, 2013 at 4:18 am

    Thank you for the response. Your garden sounds so refreshing and plentiful.. and from the pictures, very abundant. I can only hope that my garden is half as beautiful as yours, come summer. The kiwis that you mentioned… do they have little bumps/ridges on them? a bright yellowish/green color?

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley January 28, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Good luck with your garden. Actinidia arguta, Hardy Kiwi is either green or red with smooth skin. Sometimes you see them in the store called "kiwi berries."

  • Reply Karolina S April 17, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Do you have any ideas for growing gardens in a condo? We're not allowed to have in-ground gardens, but I LOVE growing veggies and fruit

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley April 17, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Large Smart Pots like the Big Bag Bed or there are kits from Minifarmbox that are rolling raised beds or raised beds on a table which would be perfect.

  • Reply MicheleInAlabama April 30, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Great video! I've used fishing line to support "flopping" plants.

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley April 30, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Great tip, I like the fishing line idea then you don't have a bunch of ugly garden tape in your front yard.

  • Reply Simple Living May 8, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Nice vid and tips. I have lots of tomato and cucumbers to plant in both pots and ground.

  • Reply Stephen Junior May 30, 2013 at 12:55 am

    built a whole fence using trees and fishing line this year hopin it goes good

  • Reply computergardener June 10, 2013 at 1:41 am

    I am going out to buy several Bamboo spikes tomorrow. I love the easy teepee. Quick question, how do I clean the bamboo from year to year to ensure no disease is transferred?

    Thanks again for the video.

    P.S…. I love the tall beds, are they completely filled with soil or is there a false bottom?

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley June 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Great! Make sure you clean off all of the dead vines at the end of the season, store them in a dry location, and they should be great to use next year. The beds are filled entirely with soil and they have gopher wire on the bottom. Have fun making your trellises.

  • Reply danclick1 June 18, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    nice I might try this as a sort of permanent trellis, thanks

  • Reply Peter Pyrreb June 25, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Hello Tricia. Thank you for your interesting video. However, as an organic gardener do you feel tha the use of PLASTIC zip ties, PLASTIC netting, PVC and metal poles are compatible with your organic aims, or could more sympathetic materials be employed? Thank you.

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley June 25, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you for your comment. Material decisions are a balancing act. If you've noticed the structures are primarily bamboo and only limited PVC is employed where bamboo is not practical.

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley June 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    On zip ties, we could rebuild the structures every year or every other year with hemp twine, but that would require not only more man hours but also a larger consumption of twine which must be grown, processed, shipped and all of the environmental impact of those activities compounded every year vs. zip ties which will last 10-15 years.

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley June 25, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    As for the plastic netting, it is recyclable. Hortanova trellis is manufactured by Tenex which, strives to reduce their waste, fight pollution, and uses post-consumed and post-industrial products when possible. The trellis actually helps reduce agriculture impute because it is aseptic and does not hold plant disease, translates to less spraying when hortanova trellis is used as opposed to wood or hemp trellis. Each gardener has to make their own choices and weigh the pros and cons.

  • Reply Peter Pyrreb June 26, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Hello Tricia. Thank you for your reassuring and full reply to my comment. The comment was an observation and not written as a criticism. I continue to enjoy and learn from your presentations.

  • Reply GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley June 26, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    You're welcome, thank you for being an engaged and thinking watcher.

  • Reply JCSglobaI July 4, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Jesus Christ said that "My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me" – JESUS CHRIST IS MY GOD, MY LORD, MY SAVIOR

  • Reply Panos Neras September 21, 2013 at 7:39 am

    The way the bamboo is the best!++++++++++

  • Reply Garden Sheds Devon December 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Your trellises are all unique and in fact, very easy to follow. They can be created very quickly utilizing only simple materials that can also be found within our surrounding. Your trellises are recommendable to all who are planning to build garden with plants growing vertically.

  • Reply May Fang February 12, 2014 at 2:04 am

    charming well

  • Reply OMAR ALBADA March 19, 2014 at 4:05 am

    excellent video Patricia, 
    I just have a question & I wonder if you could really help
    why do I need to plant in a flat bed wooden frame, why not directly to the ground???
    what is the advantage ????
    or what is the benefit !!! 

  • Reply CheapskateGardener May 31, 2014 at 7:50 am

    love your space 

  • Reply DBRYAH17 July 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    GREAT Video! Nice video for children learning to garden. Awesome advice. Thank you for posting it!

  • Reply Navin Patel July 21, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Excellent work. I enjoyed the video.  Show us the progress with vegies fully grown. how it looks then.

  • Reply myxer516 August 22, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    A great tip also is to cover those zip ties with uv resistant tape so that the sun doesn't damage them.

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