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Garden bed with leafy green vegetables and triangular bamboo plant frame

Overview

Made from bamboo stakes, this triangular frame supports lots of climbing plants including sweet peas, peas and beans. Vary the size and shape of the trellis to suit your garden and requirements. You could also try draping shade cloth over the finished frame to provide sun protection for your vegies when needed.

Steps

1Criss-cross stakes and tie together

Position two stakes together, measure 150mm from the top to tie them firmly into a V-shaped upright by criss-crossing the twine in, out and around the joint, then knotting and cutting the excess. Repeat to make 11 uprights.
Bamboo stakes overlapping each other in a criss cross fashion

2Construct the trellis frame

Add a top rail by positioning a stake between two uprights, overhanging the ends by 100mm, securing the joint by criss-crossing and knotting.

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Pro tip: The uprights form the ends of the frame.
Creating the bamboo stick frame with twine

3Reinforce the frame

Add horizontal base rails between the end uprights, measuring 130mm up from the base and knotting.

Green Bunnings hammer
Pro tip: Push the stakes into the ground while making the frame to keep it stable while tying knots.
Reinforcing the plant frame with a bamboo stake towards the base

4Add a support rail

Position the uprights 100mm apart, knotting along the top rail and the horizontal base rails. To add a support rail across the ends, cut a stake with secateurs to fit 130mm up from the base (in line with the horizontal base rails), securing with knots. From the offcuts, cut two more support rails to fit 520mm up from the base.
Adding the support rail from end to end

5Tie on horizontal stakes

Position the remaining stakes horizontally either side of the frame, working upwards at 130mm intervals, knotting joints securely.

Green Bunnings hammer
Pro tip: There are six horizontal rails either side of the frame and two support rails at either end.
Adding the horizontal support rails and binding the joints securely with twine

6More plant support styles

Check out our guide ohow to make a hanging climber.

 

Photo credit: Cath Muscat

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