Around the Yard
How to Make a DIY String Trellis for Your Garden
By: Tricia Craven Worley
To make a simple trellis for your garden using string:
- Drive a stake in the ground a few feet out from your fence.
- Tie one end of the string to the stake.
- Loop the string around the top of a picket on the fence.
- Pull the string back down around the stake.
- Continue to loop the string back and forth from the stake to pickets.
- Tie the end of the string to the stake.
Watch this video to find out more.
Danny Lipford: Tricia, what are you doing here, macramé?
Tricia Craven Worley: Well, I have studied macramé a little bit, but this is not macramé. Actually, Danny, this is such a simple, simple tip that I just love.
Danny Lipford: Here, let me help you a little bit there.
Tricia Craven Worley: OK. If you’ll hold that. This is creating a very simple, transportable trellis.
Danny Lipford: Oh, OK.
Tricia Craven Worley: See all I’m doing is I have this stake, which is what about six inches long.
Danny Lipford: Right.
Tricia Craven Worley: Drove it into the ground, and I’m just winding this string back and forth against this fence.
Danny Lipford: OK.
Tricia Craven Worley: Now, what’s nice about it is it’s very low-tech, very inexpensive, and at the end of the season you can either cut it off, leave it there, or just take it off and reuse it again.
Danny Lipford: And you’re planning on what, planting some sort of vine or something here?
Tricia Craven Worley: Well, actually I think there are a lot of different things you could plant here. I pulled this out from another part of the garden, it’s a beautiful jasmine.
Danny Lipford: Boy, it sure is.
Tricia Craven Worley: Isn’t it pretty? And I could plant a jasmine vine that would grow up here. Also, you could plant sweet peas that would do very well against the trellis like this.
And what I like about it is, it’s a little bit different than the typical trellis that is straight up against the fence. You know this has a little bit of body. So something as beautiful as a jasmine, you can really enjoy all of the blossoms. And it’s really a fun thing to do.
Danny Lipford: Boy, that’s a great addition to the garden.