Sunday, April 19, 2009

Trellises Almost Complete

All except for the one behind the fence have trellis netting. It feels quite strong and hopefully we will have some watermelons with which to test the strength. The diagonally tied nylon lines and the nylon lines connected to the fence are to prevent the trellises from leaning too far forward or backward under lots of weight. I discovered that they would do that yesterday while stress testing the trellises. I'm an engineer, after all. Still need a couple more anchor lines on a couple more of the beds.

Hopefully this summer we'll have walls of produce growing on them.

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  • Sherry

    How did the trellises fare in the storm last night?

  • Harmony

    No damage at all! A tornado hits not 10 miles from our house, and the trellises sustained no damage. My husband is a great engineer. :-)

  • JunkMale

    The trellises have a very small overall cross section. It would probably take a hurricane to damage these in any way, especially since they are reinforced with rebar. However, when they have plants growing on them, they will have a larger cross section and that will obviously increase their susceptibility to strong winds. The weak points are the corner joints and the netting itself.