I’ve been thinking about building a trellis for awhile. After planting pumpkin and butternut squash in our two raised beds an
d having them trail up a lovely piece of chicken wire (supported by a broom handle when the fruit got too big) I started thinking of a permanent structure. As usual, my thoughts went to lofty, complicated and usually expensive solutions involving trips to the depot, digging big holes and concrete. And I wonder why my husband cringes when I start talking about these things.
Well, my neighbor just finished a cool cedar play set for our local elementary school constructed of reclaimed wood from our local nature center. I attacked him as he got home one day with a load of extra poles. He graciously relented to my pleading for enough poles to build my structure.
My three kiddos started their home school day with a lesson in working together as we hauled the poles down the street together to the back yard.