How to Make a Beautiful Arch for Climbing Vegetables

How to Make a Beautiful Arch for Climbing VegetablesGrowing vertically in a garden can be a great space saver plus it often looks beautiful! Using arches in the garden is a great way to save space, you don’t need to just put flowers on them either – you can plant your fruits and vegetables to grow upwards on arches. In this post, we’ll show you how. 

Vegetable arches are particularly versatile – they can be set up to frame a path or join several arches together to create a stunning focal point. Natural materials such as hazel can be flexed and tied together to form a beautiful rustic arch. If you already have a garden arch, it’s very easy to adapt it for vining vegetables and fruits.

To make a vegetable arch, you need to start with two self-assembled arches. The examples in the video below are made from powder-coated steal so they shouldn’t rust. They are very easy to put together, using the accompanying instructions. Now your arch is assembled, followed these instructions for your climbing vegetables:

  1. Push the completed arches about 16 inches (40cm) into the ground, making sure it’s firmly packed down as they’ll need to be strong on windy days.
  2. If you have more than one arch, tie them together with cable ties. This will make the whole structure extra rigid and wind resistant. Add cable ties to each horizontal bar – cut away ay excess for a final, tidy finish.

At this stage, the arch is ideal for growing climbing beans. But if you’d like to grow a heavier, like squashes. Then we need to create a stronger structure!

  1. Use galvanised wire, chicken wire, wire netting, mesh panels or cattle panels – cut the wire to size using wire cutters.
  2. Clad the arches with this mesh – just over 6 feet (2m) of both sides of the arch.
  3. Attach the mesh with cable ties or heavy-duty garden wire – securing at regular intervals.
  4. Use heavy duty wire or thick garden string to securely tie one end of the wire to the front of the arch and then spool out the wire horizontally across the arches.
  5. Tie it to the middle vertical supports.
  6. When reaching the opposite side of the arch, tie it into position and run it up the support around 6 inches (15cm).
  7. Tie into place and return it across to the original side of the arch.
  8. Repeat this process until you reach the top of the other wire mesh.

Now you can plant your squash!

  1. Add plenty of well-rotted compost to the planting area.
  2. Set your squash plants into position and lean the stems up against the mesh.
  3. Water them well.
  4. You may need to loosely tie in the stems to start with, but they’ll soon find their own way up.

We hope you found this tutorial on climbing vegetables useful. If you have any further ideas on climbing vegetables on arches, please let us know in the comments or on our social media!

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