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Slideshow: Build a Portable Trellis

Use these step-by-step instructions to build a trellis that you can move from garden to garden.

By Lynda King, Photos by Stephanie Staton

When it comes to gardening in the city, sometimes we have no choice but to think vertically. This portable trellis is perfect for urban gardeners with minimal space who want to try out a vertical garden. It can easily be moved to different locations around the garden—or to a new urban garden altogether.

Watch our step-by-step slideshow to find out if this trellis-building project is for you. Then download the easy-to-follow instructions, and get building!

Trellis materials:

  • hand saw or circular saw
  • screwdriver
  • staple gun
  • wire cutters
  • garden twine
  • 4 6-foot pieces of 2- by 2-inch lumber
  • 2 3- by 3-foot pieces of chicken wire
  • 8 2-inch wood screws
  • 2 1½-inch butt hinges, with screws
  • 4 tent stakes or 4 pieces of wood at least 1½ inches thick, shaved to a point on one end


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