Easy to build low cost climbing frame. With garden grown sticks and spare armoring I have built a very stable, versatile and easy to store plant climbing frame.
Step 1: Decide on the Dimensions
First you need to know how high your climbing frame shall be.
The hight of the climbing frame is a function of the length of the sticks and the width your climbing frame.
I started with a length of 1.10 meters per stick. Depending on your needs vary the length
Step 2: Needed Materials
The material list per frame is quite simple
- 5 armoring irons (1m long and 5-7mm thick)
- 10-12 hazelnut sticks (1.10 meters long - dependent on the hight you need)
- Drilling machine
Step 3: Drill the Holes
Now drill holes that are 1-2 mm thicker than your armoring iron into the hazelnut sticks.
I have drilled them at the heigtht of 20 cm, 60 cm and 100 cm.
When all drill holes are done push the armoring through the holes. This can be a little cumbersome.
Make sure that your sticks are staight.
Step 4: Position Your Frame and Start Planting
In spring errect the frame and put enough fertilizer (compost) on the soil.
Step 5: Plant Setup
At both ends I have planted pumpkin. In the mid part I have the cucumbers and on the sides the beetroots.
The pumpkin with the big leaves provides shade for the plants that need some protection from the sunlight. The cucumbers climb then between the pumpkins and the beetroots get enough shade.
Step 6: End of Season, Just Collapse It and Store It Away.
At the end of the season just collapse the climbing frame and store it in a dry place.
After 3 to 5 seasons you will need to replace the hazelnut sticks.
The plant climbing frame works for me very well. Next year I will need more of them.