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Mesh and timber frame in a vegetable garden, and bamboo cone for climbing plants

Overview

Give your climbing plants some love with a D.I.Y. structure that’s customised to your garden bed. This bamboo cone support is great for just about any climbing plant. The tent-like shape of this frame is ideal for growing flowering climbers as well as vegies like peas and beans that need some support to deliver a good harvest. Here’s how to make your own – and apart from a drill, a tape measure and a pair of scissors, there are minimal tools required.

Steps

1Mark and drill stakes

From the top of each stake, mark 150mm from the ends. From the base, mark four holes 200mm up and 200mm apart. Position the stakes on a flat, stable surface to drill the holes with a 5mm bit. 
Bamboo cone plant support and 5 steps to make one

2Thread rope through the frame

Wrap masking tape tightly around the end of the rope, push a 25mm bullet head nail through the tape and use it to thread the rope through the top holes.

3Secure top of stakes

Stand the stakes upright, tighten the rope and spread out the base of the poles to form the cone shape. Knot the rope tightly, then wrap around all the poles six times, knotting firmly and cutting the excess with scissors.

4Position the base

Wrap tape around the end of the remaining rope and use the nail to thread it through the bottom hole of each stake, pushing them out to sit firmly, creating a base of about one metre in diameter. Knot the rope and cut the excess. 

5Finish threading the rows

Complete the remaining rows by wrapping masking tape around the rope end, threading it through each stake and knotting the ends. Position the cone in the garden, pushing the stakes into the ground slightly. 

6More garden structure styles

Check out our step-by-step guide on how to make a mesh and timber frame

 

Photo credit: Cath Muscat

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. 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.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.