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DIY Arched Garden Trellis ~ Grow UP

You guuuuys! For me, it’s the little things that make my heart sing. I’m 100% sure I’m not the only one who’s ever waited for something and then is skip-happy when the day finally arrives for your vision to come true. Below is my raised bed garden. Yes, it’s in my front yard and yes we love it. We call it #mowlessgrowmore gardening. Today, I get to add a DIY arched garden trellis that I know you’ll love too! {{applause}}

DIY Raised Garden Beds Before | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now, we have always grown up in years past (aka. vertical gardening). We have our grape arbor on the left, a split rail fence where we grow our squash and pumpkins. Likewise, we have always used our DIY trellising made of wood, which has worked wonderfully for over 6 years. However, our trellises were getting so aged that we needed to make more. This time around, I wanted to add more eye-candy and make our efforts less labor-intensive – something we don’t have to tear down each year. Here’s a picture of our garden from years past.

How to Trellis Your Tomatoes | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #garden #home

Mow Less Grow More Front Yard Garden by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Hopefully, you can see our trellis in action. We actually use the idea from one of my favorite garden resources by Eliot Coleman of Four Season Farm. He as plenty of wonderful books and tips to grow naturally in every season, and also using companion planting. So, as you can see, we enjoy growing and sharing our harvest. This time, though, our garden is growing up in different ways.

GARDEN TIME

First, at this point in the season, we have already made any amending with our compost (DIY compost bin HERE) and a special soil treatment made by a local farmer here. It’s is super-powered concentrate of compost that you need to mix in as it’s too strong to apply directly to plants. We also often make compost tea to add even more boost.

City Raised Garden Bed DIY Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #garden #home

DIY Video Tutorial Raised Garden Beds by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Next, we happily can say I have oogled over this DIY arched garden trellis for a few years over at Delia Creates. Then, when it’s my turn, I totally referenced her experience and made some small changes to suit our needs. Based on the size of our middle bed, we knew we could add 6 trellises. Seriously, it doesn’t get any simpler than this. Best part is, I got to shop my dad’s barn. When I mentioned my scheme to him, he right away mentioned he had a few cattle panels we could shop from in his bank barn. I love going to that barn!

Cattle Panels in Old Barn | prodigalpieces.com

Can you blame me when you can find treasure like this old door? Just look at those rollers. wow!

Antlque Sliding Barn Door | prodigalpieces.com

Antique Rolling Barn Door Hardware | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEPS

Okay, so back to the DIY arched garden trellis. Y’all know I’m a sucker for arches as I’ve added them in my home and in my decor. Therefore, it’s inevitable I add them to my garden. First, we pick up the panels…THAT was interesting. How do you bring 17 foot x 4 foot panels home? We bent them and tucked them into our borrowed cargo van. This was after just coming home from the vet finding out our 14 year old mini schnauzer would need put down the next day. My little shadow is now gone….sniff. What a sweetie! I still find myself looking for him. So hard.

RIP Teddy the Miniature Schnauzer | prodigalpieces.com

After we load them up and come home, I quickly put dinner together. The minute I sit down, my son is in the basement and says there’s water spraying out of our brand new furnace. UGH. Jump up and turn off the A/C. Apparently one of the pipes had a crack and spraying water all over my shop inventory. (I can’t tell you how many times someone has sprayed water all over my inventory). Clean up the mess, try to eat, and unload the panels.

UNREAL

Next day, I have to mentally and emotionally prepare for saying goodbye to Teddy. Then, after getting my purse I realize that I lost the key to the barn. I need to go get groceries, so I ask my husband, JC, to check the van. While finishing groceries, he says he can’t find it. I decided to head back to my dad’s barn and see if I can find it. Upon arrival, I noticed someone just mowed. {{head smack}} Of course they did…my run of events is never normal.

My littlest and I head around back to see if it’s even worth looking. I peek around and find the paper tag. Do I bother even looking for the key? It fell out right near a 1 ft tall field of grass. That thing could have been thrown anywhere. Finally, I decided to take a quick look around and there it was.

Found Barn Key | prodigalpieces.comHonestly, I know this kind of eventful day is our norm. Thankfully, the next day we have a distraction of a birthday to celebrate in our home that lightens our heavy hearts. That same day, we also had time to install the panels as my plants are dying in their trays. eep!

INSTALLATION

We did need to purchase the t-posts (also called u-posts) and clips. Delia Creates uses zip ties, but we already had clips from our grape arbor and stash of t-posts for our firewood stash and DIY compost bins.

Pounding Garden Stakes for DIY Arched Trellis | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Funny…JC asked what we need before he heads into the store. Does he come out with what I list for him? Nah. He gets what he thinks is best. (eye-roll). However, I trust him and he has always been a huge help, so I’m happy with just getting started. You can use a post pounder, but these heavy-duty 5 ft posts are short and our soil is soft, so a small sledge works fine. Also, they store tried to tell him he needed a fork tool to put the clips on (though I told him we didn’t need one). After him trying to figure out the tool, I pull up a one minute video showing how to do it with pliers. (time to return $20 tool as originally stated was not needed. ahem.)

T-Post Stake Clip Tightened with Pliers | prodigalpieces.com

MORE TRELLISING

Once we got the hang of bending and clipping, the other 5 panels went in smoothly. We even had the best helpers hold them in place while we anchored them.

Kids Helping in Garden | prodigalpieces.com

They looked like they were stuck in jail. haha! We even thought Lily, our calico, would be a great astronaut on one end of those should it decide to fling loose.

Mounting Cattle Panels to DIY Arched Trellis | prodigalpieces.com

Father & Son Working in Garden | prodigalpieces.com

Also, in order to install the other 6 on the other side, I needed to thin my strawberries. This makes it fun for me to share. I had 4 – 5 gallon buckets to spare. Fun!

Thinning Strawberries in Garden | prodigalpieces.com

Finally, we can call the installation DONE. Sweat equity pays off in so many ways, doesn’t it? And, that is literal sweat as it’s 90 degrees in that sun. whew!

JC & Larissa of Prodigal Pieces with Finished Arched Garden Trellis | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

DIY Cattle Panel Arched Garden Trellises by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #garden #diy

Then, the next day, I planted tomatoes, pickles (see my crock pickle recipe HERE), and nasturtiums on the trellises. Also, I filled in around them with basil, carrots, broccoli, peppers, and cabbage.

Young Cuccumber Plant | prodigalpieces.com

So exciting to see my grapes coming on, and also the clematis blooming for the first time on my arbor.

Young Grapevine at Prodigal Pieces garden | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Purple Clematis on Arbor | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Purple Clematis Flower Blooming | prodigalpieces.com

As a result, I hope you are feeling the garden lovin’ and are inspired to give this trellis a try. In addition, do pin and share so others can grow up too with this DIY arched garden trellis. Gardening is where it’s at. 😀

You can garden up in style too! This DIY arched garden trellis is simple & easy to install. Head to Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #garden #diy #home #gardening

Oh…and the next day…look what I found…not where a roofing nail belongs. And so it goes…

Nail in Tire | prodigalpieces.com

Up next, this thrifted trio is getting a mini makeover. See their new look HERE!

Kitchen Canisters Before Mini Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

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Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    That looks amazing!! I love gardening, but my thumb is not at all green…. I’ve given up on growing vegetables. We figured my tomatoes cost an average of $30 each!! 😂. We have a lovely farm stand nearby and they are soooo reasonable. I can get a lot for the cost of growing just one tomato! Now I have a flower cutting garden and it’s going well so far!!! I’ve already had 4 large vase fulls of great flowers!! 💕

    • Larissa says

      haha…I totally get it! We also try to grown mainly what we can’t get at the local farmer’s market. Makes it fun and easy. Flowers are also in my front bed too. Love to grow sunflowers, zinnias, and mixed wildflowers for birds, bees, and to share with neighbors. Have fun!

  2. Nancy F Lambert says

    Larissa,
    I retired on April 30, of this year, I want to grow a garden this year but I need to
    get the soil ready to garden in the fall for next year.
    Thank you

    • Larissa says

      Congratulations!!! Wow. What an achievement to retire. Wishing you the best in your garden adventures, Nancy.

  3. Noelle says

    I’m so sorry about your pupper. I had a mini schnauzer years ago (although he turned out to be 30 lbs, don’t know how that happened as his pawrents were minis!) and they are wonderful doggos. Praying for peace in your hearts as you remember your little guy. <3

    Love the trellises and the raised beds with paths between. Your garden looks so tidy and easy to manage. We just have a large garden plot because I haven't been able to convince my hubs to construct the raised beds. My daughter is in charge of the garden this year, she works in the garden center of one of our local stores and keeps finding more and more interesting plants she wants to add. (Apocalypse peppers? Yes, please! Strawberry, orange, and mojito mint? How can you resist?) I am very interested to see how our garden turns out!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Noelle.

      Yes, we are the same. We have raspberries, teas, mints, and so much more out back as well. We love to mix it up and learn how all grow as companions with other plants for various benefits. God’s creation is amazing!

  4. Linda C Johnston says

    You amaze me. Really you do. I love the way you try to bounce back and keep on going! Love the new garden trellis. So, so very sorry about your fur baby. Lots of love comin’ your way! Keep up the great work.

    • Larissa says

      You are so sweet, Linda. Thank you so much. I know God has a purpose in all of this.

  5. susan says

    So sorry about your fur baby 😢. They’re a part of the family. Can’t wait to see the trellises covered! Hope you’ll share when they are!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Susan.
      Yes, most definitely will update. Lord willing they fill in beautifully.

  6. Kim Banko says

    This is so cool, and what a great design!

    • Larissa says

      Woot! Thanks, Kim! I’m so excited to see them fill out over the next few months.

  7. Kaycee says

    Hi Larissa, I am so impressed with your garden arches, they are ideal and look good now, but I can’t wait to see them covered in plants!!
    I am so very sorry about Teddy, I hope your sweet memories are helping a little bit. It is so hard to lose our precious fur babies. I pray that you and your family will see less challenges soon,. Even though your faith, strength and determination always see you through. Hugs

    • Larissa says

      They are slowly, but surely filling in and I will definitely update. Exciting!

      Thank you for the condolonces he is a precious soul that saw me through good times and bad. 🙂

  8. Becky says

    WOW, how cool! I can’t wait to see the pictures of them covered with greenery!
    What a day! 😲😏😁 I can’t believe that key would show up… you must have been praying up a storm!

    • Larissa says

      Me too! It is always that kind of events for us, it seems, but I trust I’m on the right path. Thank you, Becky. 😀

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