The calendar says it’s Spring here in New Hampshire but it’s been unseasonably cold, that hasn’t stopped me from getting my garden ready though! It’s time to plant early veggies here and I needed a trellis for my snow peas and sugar snaps to grow on so I decided to build one.
Growing vegetables horizontally saves space in your garden plus I think the vegetables just grow better. I especially love cucumbers grown up on a trellis; it makes it so easy to find the ones ready to be picked.
To make this project even easier I bought precut boards to use. You will need 6 1”x2”x4’ boards (to make the frame) and 8 1/4”x2”x4’s to run across. Also, 1 1/2” narrow hinges, 1” exterior screws, cordless drill, and your choice of stain.
Measure Out The Frame
I put 3 of the thicker boards (1x2x4s) on the ground and made sure the tops were all level with each other; this step is very important for when you need to attach the hinges later on. I spaced out the 3 boards 20 inches apart.
Starting 8 inches from the top I placed my first horizontal slat. I measured 10 inches between the 4 boards. I used a pencil to mark the frame to make sure the slats stayed level when I screwed them in.
Screw Slats In Place
I used 1” exterior screws to attach the slats to the frame using my cordless drill. The pencil marks in the previous step made this step much quicker because I could just zip across and attach the slats without having to stop and measure out each one.
▪I repeated the above steps to make the other side of my folding trellis.▪
Attach The Hinges
Now that both sides of the trellis are done it’s time to attach them together. I put the two frames on the ground so the tops were touching…this is when you will find out if you did a good job measuring! I used 1 1/2 inch narrow hinges to attach the tops together.
Now, I stood my trellis up and got ready to stain it. I used Minwax in “Classic Gray”; I love that already weathered look it gave the trellis.
It’s in my raised bed and all ready for those snow peas and sugar snaps to start growing. You can read how I started my garden here