I got this idea from a reader. She wrote me an email a few months ago sharing a few pictures of her gardens. One of them was a pumpkin arch she made out of cattle panel fencing. (It's the last picture in this post.) I loved it so much, I decided to make my own arch this year. I don't know where to buy cattle panel fencing. But I've heard it's really heavy and you need a truck to transport it.
|Fencing and PVC for arch|
Originally, I was going to build it the same way I built my supports for the beans and cucumbers.
But the fencing I had isn't strong enough to hold up heavy squash on it's own around the top of the arch.
So we (my husband helped me with this project) decided to add PVC piping to support it.
It was extremely easy to put this arch together.
We laid out the fencing and weaved the PVC into the fencing.
|Weaved PVC into fencing to support squash arch|
I have some black spray paint in the garage and I plan to paint the PVC pipes so they blend in better.
I would have painted them before putting this together if I would have thought of it, oh well.
The squash arch is a little shorter than I was hoping.
I had to make it short enough to fit under the greenhouse.
Once squash starts to hang down, it might be difficult to walk through, but this is just an experiment I'm trying this year. If I end up loving it, I'll make any necessary modifications I need to next year.
I'm super excited about this arch, I think it will help me keep the squash from taking over the garden. It will also make harvesting the squash easy, and it's a great feature in the garden. I can't wait to see it covered in squash. What do you think of my new squash arch?
Updated Aug 15, 2012 - Here is a picture of the arch now that it's covered with squash. Amazing!
|Squash arch covered by squash|