~~ A Flea Market Gardening ‘My Big Garden Project’~~
Garden trellis panels which become a fence…
This is a dream fence for anyone in deer country. Very slick and very worth sharing. Tina Reaume says she didn’t even intend it to be considered a fence. She also has it planted beautifully!
Tina says, “My trellis is 35 feet long, made of cattle panels and home to Honeysuckle, Clematis and Morning Glory. Next year it will be fabulous and the birds love sitting on top of it!”
It’s a great idea framing in the cattle panels and adding the circular elements… Tina designed a great arbor with the same materials.
She says, “I have two walk through arbors, one at each end, entrances to the orchard. The circular elements are rings leftover from days of macrame in the ’70s! (I must be a hoarder!)…and I dreamed up the idea to use them after the trellis was built. I spray painted them green and used small zip ties to attach them. I just wanted something interesting there until the honeysuckle and clematis covers it.”
Is it or is it not, a fence?
Tina says, “My husband works at a lumber mill so he gets a discount on the wood used for our projects.” The hog panels were a bit expensive, about $4-50 each, but you cut them in half, so one panel makes 10 feet of trellis. We call it a trellis, by the way, because you have to have a permit for a fence!
About Hog Panels
These heavy-gauge, galvanized pieces of ‘hog or cattle panel’ fencing are designed to contain livestock, so they will have no problem holding up in the garden.
Support cattle panels with rigid poles from the hardware store, either rebar for a rustic look or smooth textured electrical conduit which is sold in 10 ft lengths for about $10.
Both can be cut to size with a hack saw or reciprocating saw.
Nadine Robertson tells us, “This fencing of Tina’s is exactly what I’ve been thinking of doing for our community labyrinth garden, which is 90 feet in diameter. So, so many deer this summer are eating plants they usually leave alone in past years. I’ll be doing a project estimate this winter so thanks for posting pictures of what I’ve been thinking about.”