If you’re limited on gardening space or maybe want to block out some neighbors and get a little privacy in your backyard then building some planter boxes with trellises may be the way to go. These great additions to the garden are easy to build, inexpensive and can provide you with a lot of food for years to come.
I had a bunch of used 2×4’s sitting around from other projects so I decided to build them mostly from those. I started by nailing 2 of the boards together to make my 4×4 posts, of course if you’re buying new material go ahead and get 8 foot 4×4 posts. Since I was making two of these trellises I then cut 8 top boards with angles at the ends to give them a little character.
You will want to build the frame on the ground and then set the posts when it is together because it will be much harder to hold the boards up on the posts and try to secure them.
I then boxed in the bottom of the trellis to make the planter boxes. These are approximately 4 feet long, 16 inches wide and 8 inches deep. I then attached 2×2 boards to the inside of the posts to attach the lattice to, I then cut and hung the lattice.
All that was left at this point was to put down some cardboard in the bottom of the box to form a weed barrier, fill the boxes with good garden soil and compost and plant. I planted one with Kentucky pole beans and the other with cucumbers.
Just a few short months later and everything is doing great in these planter boxes.
In my opinion these are the perfect garden beds for the urban homestead limited on space, and I think they look nice too. So get out there, build some raised beds and trellises and take another step toward self sufficiency and sustainability. Happy Homesteading.