Today Mr. O and I completed installation of the new Classic American Cucumber Trellis. (I knew you would be excited about it!) It has a frame of heavy cast iron, with an ornate, hand-constructed wire filigree assemblage to perfectly support vigorous climbing vines while allowing leaves and fruit to grow through to sun or shade. I ordered the supporting vertical posts in Estate Green. (It was better, I felt, than Jungle Moss, which was too yellow.)
I’ve been anxiously waiting since I ordered this baby ten days ago from the Smith & Hawkins catalog. Or was it L.L. Bean Home? Anyway, it was worth every bit of the $138 purchase price plus $150 shipping.
Or I could be wrong about that price. Actually, I think it was free. And I remember now: I found it, up against the chicken house, deep in weeds. Mmmm, yes. Oh but it is perfect.
It leans north in the raised bed, and I will plant the cucumbers (mostly the wonderful English cucumber Orient Express, but a couple of little lemon climbing cucumbers too, for comic relief) to the south of it, so they can grow skyward in the sun, and then I can put the bush beans or something else (maybe spinach) under the shade of the vines.
So what if it’s a 1921 bed spring? (With a little left-over green spray paint on the old pipes that hold it up.) It was made to last. When the cucumbers are dripping off it I will post another photo…
Who said an economic depression can’t be fun?
Followup here for another post on performance of the trellis.