How to make a mesh and timber grow frame

This sturdy timber frame will keep your plants from misbehaving, providing a prop to all sorts of vegies and flowering plants that need some support to keep them flourishing.

Bunnings magazine, January 2021

Full protection

Use this frame for your broad beans, peas, pumpkin, squash and heavier climbing plants that need structure, and any plants that need protection from birds. The hinges allow it to fold up flat to store between seasons.

Tools and materials

30mm stainless steel countersunk timber screws

50mm paintbrush

600mm length of 10mm-thick rope

Clear decking varnish

Drill with 6mm and 10mm bits and driver

Eight M6 x 50mm galvanised cup head bolts with nuts (we used Zenith)

Mitre saw or handsaw with mitre box

Nine 900mm-long 65mm x 20mm pickets (we used Wilmaplex cypress pine*)

Safety equipment (mask, gloves and eye protection)

Set square

Small shifting spanner

Tape measure and pencil

Two 50mm-square 600mm x 900mm wire mesh panels (we used Rapid Mesh)

Two 90mm fixed-pin stainless steel hinges (we used Zenith)

Mesh and timber grow frame

1. Measure and cut pickets

Using a mitre saw, cut four pickets to 600mm long as the top and base rails. On four 900mm pickets, mark a line 65mm from either end to mark a cross. Set out the frames with these side rails positioned over the top and base rails, then drill both rails through the centre of the crosses with a 6mm bit.

2. Position and secure wire panel

Position wire panel between the frames, with the panel 30mm below the top of the top rail so it protrudes at the base. Secure frames with bolts from the front, tightening nuts with a shifting spanner.

Tip: The protruding wire panel rests in the garden to raise the timber off the ground.

3. Fix centre rail and add hinges

Cut the last picket to 550mm for the centre rail. On the back of a frame, position the rail between the nuts at the top, securing each end with two 30mm screws. Position the hinges 90mm from the ends, securing the insides with supplied screws. Position the other frame, front-side down, to attach the outside of the hinges.

Tip: Always invest in galvanised or stainless steel bolts, screws and hinges when building outdoor structures to prevent corrosion.

4. Seal with varnish

Use a brush to seal the frame with clear decking varnish, checking the end-grain is well coated. To add a handle, on the centre rail, 40mm inside each hinge, drill vertical holes with a 10mm bit to thread rope through and secure with knots.

*Timbers vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information.

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Photo credit: Cath Muscat

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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