By Reggie Solomon
Trellising is an ideal way to utilize the often overlooked vertical space in your urban garden.
You can find pre-made trellis systems from gardening supply stores or you can build your own.
I’m building using Mel Bartholomew’s square-foot gardening trellising system that is constructed from half-inch steel electrical tubing. In addition to providing more vertical growing space than off-the-shelf trellis systems, this system is also more inexpensive.
A trip to Lowe’s Home Improvement Store to figure out how much a basic trellis will cost to construct, made me very happy. A 10-foot piece of steel tubing only costs $1.34 which means I can construct an entire trellis for under around $10 (not including the one-time cost of buying a hacksaw to cut the tubing).
The only part of Mel’s trellising system that could be improved is the curved elbow joint that connects pieces. It looks a bit sloppy, and something with a cleaner angle, and more defined lines might be more preferable to some gardeners.
A Lowe’s salesperson helped me locate a 90-degree joint that will give Mel’s base design a cleaner and more modern look. If you have trouble locating this modern fix, just ask someone at your local hardware store for help.