Supports are necessary for many plants — both garden and garden-and can perform various functions: from purely utilitarian to decorative. You can buy them or make them yourself, but first of all you need to choose a suitable design. Let’s see how gardeners and gardeners cope with this task, perhaps some ideas should be taken into account.
Up the rope
One of the easiest ways to arrange things. Perhaps, each of the summer residents at least once in his life built something like this, so I do not see the point in describing the principle. For beginners, I advise you to pay attention to one nuance: the cord (twine) should be pulled tight so that it does not sag and does not sway in the wind. Firstly, it looks sloppy; secondly, I noticed that plants are extremely reluctant to use unreliable support.
The advantages include the low cost of materials, simplicity and speed of arrangement. In the fall, it will not take much time to remove the wilted plants and remove the ropes. And next year, you can easily pull them in another place.
For perennials, you need a more solid support, so it is advisable to replace the ropes and cords with a strong wire. But, having worked on the construction once, you can forget about this problem for a long time. Unless you have to tie up plants that can not catch themselves or their shoots need to be arranged in a certain way.
On a clear stand
I liked this idea: two cords are pulled between two posts at the same level, and a stalk of tomato (pepper, eggplant) is placed between them. The bush grew bigger — they pulled a couple more strings, higher, and so on. In theory, even a bush burdened with fruit should not fall — it does not weigh a ton. And in practice? If anyone has tried tying tomatoes or eggplants in this way, please share your impressions.
This method is good for piece planting, and crops of the same peas can simply be limited to several rows of twine so that it does not lie on the ground.
If you do not want to” strangle ” the landing in a rope embrace, pay attention to these methods. A large-mesh net will both support and preserve some freedom for the plant — an excellent support. But the practicality of ropes with struts raises some doubts: it is clear that the bushes will not fall sideways, but what will prevent them from lying down between the cords?
Slightly reinforced versions of double-sided fencing. To be honest, the reliability of the support in the photo on the left is questionable. The soil on the bed should be loose, then how much do you need to bury the slats so that they can withstand the weight of the bush with the fruits?
The design on the right is only good for low-growing tomatoes, since its height is initially limited. It is difficult to determine from the photo, but it seems to me that it is standing freely, not fixed by any pegs or pins. Such an unstable structure is definitely not for me: there is a high probability that during watering or weeding, you will accidentally fall off the support and break the bush.
I like the arches — even a modest cottage they give a certain sophistication. In addition, they can be used to symbolically divide the site into zones. Decorative plants wrap around them with pleasure: before you have time to blink, instead of an empty frame, a cap of blooming greenery flaunts.
Vegetables are not so favorable to arches: they climb the vertical surface willingly, but they do not want to fit on the arch in any way. In any case, my experience was exactly like this: cucumber whips stubbornly sought the top, not wanting to lie still on the” roof ” of the arch.
According to the reviews of summer residents, the arches are still suitable for beans and tomatoes. The main thing is to make them not too low.
I’ll start with the most beautiful ones, which will support the plant and will not spoil the view. In stores, they are expensive, but you can do it yourself, not so complex a design that we can not overcome it! The ladder in the photo on the left seems familiar — perhaps it is the side of the crib? Even so, you can only thank the author for a good idea – the support looks decent, right?
Since we are talking about the possibility of making supports with your own hands, I offer a few ideas that can really be repeated. Natural materials will always look organic in the frame of greenery, so experiment boldly! I think you need to try very hard to make the product in the end so ungainly that you don’t even want to look at it. You can start with simpler options — the same rope ladder-than not the original trellis?
If such structures do not bring you sad thoughts and there is a lot of free land — why not? Such a support is good from all sides: stable; spacious, but will not allow you to fall; it is convenient to form and harvest the crop; it can be used for more than one year. In the photo on the left, a simple compact design. On the right — a more solid version with horizontal bars. Very clever: high-yielding varieties will be happy to lay fruit-laden shoots on them.
I liked the obelisks made of poles and rods. And if you frame the bed with a basket of vines, it will be generally wonderful.
Judging by the number of different options, obelisks are very popular in garden plots. Some are so good that it’s a pity to hide them under the greenery.
One of the simplest options for support: build a wooden frame of the desired height and pull a strong twine. Judging by the photo, this design is quite strong.
Some gardeners use welded wire mesh. The advantages include the strength, durability and affordable price of the material, the relative ease of assembly and disassembly. Of the disadvantages, I see the following: it is inconvenient to form plants, with a square-nest planting, a place for the usual number of tomatoes will need much more — it is necessary to provide a passage between the bushes. Well, the tomatoes look sad behind the bars somehow…
But for flowers, such a practical support is suitable: the grid will not be an eyesore for long. As soon as the shoots stretch out and unfold the leaves, it will not be visible.
The main thing is to correctly calculate the height and size of the cells. Small ones should be placed closer to the ground, large ones can be higher, but within reasonable limits. In the photo on the left, a clear example of how to do it is not necessary: the grid on top only prevents the peonies from growing! And in the right picture, in my opinion, the support is very successful: strong, comfortable (the stems will rest on the rubber rim, not on hard metal), and the height is suitable.
And many tall flowers need support. I have peonies sometimes lay down from the strong wind, and once I did not get enough to admire the flowering: after a rainstorm, the bush fell apart and the snow-white petals got dirty in the mud.
Since we are talking about colors, I will show you a few more ideas that I really liked. They look beautiful, anyone can do it, and every summer resident has plenty of material!
You can attach old chairs to the case, just in case they are stored in the attic. Well, or make them from improvised materials — they also look pretty.
I am always surprised by the inexhaustible ingenuity of country craftsmen. See what a beautiful support can be made from the remains of metal-plastic pipes! Compact (which is important on a small plot of land), light and convenient: you will only have to make sure that the top of the growing bush does not deviate from the set course — a strict vertical.
You can lighten the load on the frame of the greenhouse by building a frame for garter crops. In my opinion, plastic pipes are an ideal material for supports for indeterminate varieties of tomatoes. The master will take half an hour to solder a similar structure (photo on the right).
There is no way to grow a pumpkin, you will have to take care of reliable support. Even the greens weigh a lot, not to mention the fruits. Strong poles on a strong frame — that’s what you need. The elegant support will not last long: in the photo on the left, you can see that it is about to collapse under an unbearable burden.
Here are a few more options for various supports. Maybe one of them will be a godsend for you.
Beautiful metal flower props look really cool. It is a pity that the price of such products is not affordable for everyone. But you can also make a pretty original one with your own hands!
For example, individual supports made of wire: they look great, but they are easy to make. Moreover, the absolute identity of the products is not required — it’s handmade!
I fell in love with a birch log house at first sight — how good it is! Especially in a duet with white flowers — you can’t look away!
It was possible to find very unusual options: for example, wildly overgrown cereals can be reasoned with a stylish hairstyle. The bush will not fall apart, it looks original, but definitely not for me — I feel sorry for the plant.
If it is not yet possible to build a support for climbing plants, use those that are on the site: a fence or a tree with an openwork crown.
Well, the found ideas have come to an end. I hope they will help you decide on the optimal design to support your green pets.