Vegetable Support or Trellis (or Obelisk!) What Would I Know!

2 Materials
1 Hour

I like growing vegetables but finding decent supports is difficult.

I bought some from Bunnings but after a season or so they were bending and really not man enough for the job.

I have also used wood but - you know - rot and all that nonsense

I want something that will last years (at least 30!!) to see me out :-)


Rebar (I used 10mm x 6m lengths)

Tape Measure

Marker Pen

G Clamp (turned out to be optional)

Hammer - Because hitting things is always good


Sunglasses(cos you know -- cool)

Hat - Its sunny and hot and I haven't got a lot of hair so my bonce burns

Step 1: Materials

I bought 10 x 6m lengths of Rebar at the store, I had a bolt cutter with me to cut them in half (as I only have a small car to transport them but the very nice lad at the shop cut them for me -- TOP BANANA!! work saved

I then marked the 3m lengths in the centre using a marker pen

Step 2: Bending

I banged a 6 inch nail into a fence post and clamped the first piece into place with a G Clamp ( found out fairly soon that this was pretty much unneccessary but hey-ho) and bent the rebar around

Step 3: All Bent, Time to Fix

Put the pieces in the grass and set them out, now at this point I could have just zip tied them but..........

Step 4: Welding

If you've got a welder, you may as well use it (and I've got 2) :-) - MIG and Arc

All welded up

I'm an ok welder but I don't want these to break so my mantra is the same as when I tie thing, (which is if you're gonna tie knots tie lots!) so lots of weld then

Step 5: And in Position

Two to protect the Blueberries, and the rest for beans, peas etc to grow up. Basic but functional, I could paint them but I quite like the natural rusty look

May make some taller (2m) ones next week

Took about an hour to make 10

Cost about NZ$10 each

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1 question
  • Trudy
    on Sep 6, 2020

    But how did you actually bend them? I am envisioning that you have to grab one end in each hand and pull. But I am short so my arms aren't very long!

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  • Terry Zier
    Terry Zier
    on Sep 7, 2020

    This is a really good idea. I use wood stakes to hold up my tomatoes and it really doesn't work that well. The tomato plants flop all over and it looks really messy. Thank you

  • Black Hills Rosie
    Black Hills Rosie
    on Sep 11, 2020

    These look nice and could probably add one or two horizontal rebar pieces around them, too. I think they will look good in my flower gardens - which really need decent supports.

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