The project taught me a very important lesson about gardening order of operations: your trellises should be in place BEFORE your plants start to grow. (Duh.) Untangling the delicate vines and tiny tendrils and training them to go up the net was a giant P.I.T.A. There were a few casualties – some broken leaves, two bent stems – but thankfully, no fatalities. Yet.
The actual structures were quite easy to build: each consists of a 4 x 5′ wooden frame. Stringing the orange nylon string to create the grid was a bit more tedious. To save time, we used store-bought netting to connect the other two sides once the trellises were installed. (Word to the wise about Burpee trellis netting: it is harder to unscramble than a Rubix cube. The entire net came packaged in a giant, frustrating knot that took 30 minutes to undo.)