From the looks of this trellis you might think you’ve taken a stroll into the land of Hansel and Gretel. To create this look all you need to begin with are natural pieces of limbs and logs (look for pieces that are not part of a pruning or sawing session- they will make the trellis look more natural). I purchased two 20 foot pieces of rebar and 4 bags of Quickcrete cement. Then I dug a hole three feet deep and mixed the Quickcrete and filled up the holes. I had a friend help me bend the rebar (I used the 1/2″ diameter rebar- it is easier to bend by hand. Wear gloves and keep a good grip on the rebar when installing it). Let the Quickcrete dry, usually a couple of hours. While the Quickcrete is setting you can begin to decide where to place your logs and limbs. Use the lighter pieces for the top and the heavier pieces at the bottom. Bailing wire is great for securing them to the rebar. I used a lot of bailing wire to ensure that the logs are immobile and that will give you and added sense of security too. Your choies of vines and plants are numerous. Remember, vines need the sun to flower and grow and installing your trellis in a sunny location will encourage blooms and producevigorous growth. Good luck with your old world garden trellis and I’ll be seeing you around the garden.
Photo credit: Mike Brown