How do I build the best wire arch to grow gourds?


I am trying to do the math for the best size wire arch to grow gourds on. I am thinking if it is 8 feet tall and the space on the ground is to 10 feet wide- it could also be a space under which I can park a utility trailer. I am not sure how to figure out how many cattle wire fences I should buy. Can you assist me with this?

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  • Thelma Thelma on Aug 03, 2018

    Hi Hom33852988, All the livestock heavy-duty panels sold around where I live are 4ft wide x 16ft long, are you planning on cutting them down to 10ft long? Also, what kind of structure are you planning on building for the panels to be attached to? Gourds can get heavy and you will need something strong to hold the weight so the panels do not bend & warp out of shape and let the gourds hit the trailer. Personally, I'd use treated 4"x4"s - tall enough to be1ft taller than the trailer plus 3ft to bury in the ground - for posts, if you cut the panels down to 10ft long, put one post at both ends with 2 of them an equidistance apart in the center, and some to span across the top for the 'roof' support. Also, put braces crossways on the posts to staple the panel tops and bottom to. It appears that you will need 6 panels if you do not enclose either end opening and you make the area only 10ft long, you will also need 12 posts 10ft to 12ft long.

  • Dee Flippo Dee Flippo on Aug 03, 2018

    Tuck point

  • Laurie Laurie on Aug 03, 2018

    Do you want it squared or rounded? And how long a "tunnel" do you want?

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Aug 03, 2018

    Hi Hom33852988

    Here's a website along with a video that show how someone else made a wire arch for their vegetables, including squash. That should also work for gourds. :) Click here to read the article. Wishing you the best.

  • Mary Modderman Mary Modderman on Aug 03, 2018

    I thank you for sending me this great article. I am planning to make a much larger arch though. 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide open space at the base. I am trying to figure out how long the section of cattle fencing I will need to create that large of an arch in order to park a utility trailer under neath. I was also thinking of making it about 8 feet deep. I just can't recall how to do the math for this shape. It is simple geometry- but not so simple to me anymore, LOL!