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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Woodland Care.

In this Badge Bit, you will construct a tomato cage and a pole bean trellis from twigs.


(source: Craig Dobson)

Here are some related videos that may be helpful.

How to make a willow obelisk plant support



From the video description:
"Watch master craftsman Jenny Crisp as she shows how to weave a tall plant support or obelisk. She makes it from freshly coppiced willow in spring, in a few easy steps. Filmed at our home garden, Stockton Bury. Find lots more great how to videos, gardening tips and advice at www.theenglishgarden.co.uk"

How to weave a garden obelisk



From the video description:
"In this video ,I will show you how to make a quick and easy obelisk using willow."

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are to:
     o construct one five foot tall tomato cage with jute lashing and no metal
     o construct one eight foot tall pole bean trellis with jute lashing and no metal

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must post completion pictures of:
     o one five foot tall tomato cage (completion pic)
     o one eight foot tall pole bean trellis (completion pic)
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My submission.

I have made three been trellis frames, and one sturdy frame for watermelons to climb. I didn’t build a tomato cage as I don’t have need for one right now.

All sticks were harvested from with 50m of the site . The heavier wood is a from a thicket of dogwood, which serves as a windbreak around the garden. I coppice patches of it each year to use for sticks, and to stop it invading my growing area.

The bamboo cane from one of two clumps that have been here for at least 15 years, before we got the property. I had to learn about bamboo growth habit, and figure out how to prune these. I got a huge number of useful poles from it. Here the garden center sells bamboo poles at about £1 each for 6’ of longer. I think I saved about £100 by cutting my own.

The string is a biodegradable jute twine.

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Bamboo clump part way through pruning
Bamboo clump part way through pruning
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French bean frame from dogwood
French bean frame from dogwood
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Runner bean frame in dogwood - these suffered from rabbits
Runner bean frame in dogwood - these suffered from rabbits
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Bamboo frame for ‘firetongue’
Bamboo frame for ‘firetongue’
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Some of the collected poles
Some of the collected poles
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Diagonal bracing to form triangles for extra rigidity
Diagonal bracing to form triangles for extra rigidity
 
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Hmm. These are the right way round on my phone. I’m not sure why they are wrong when uploaded, or if I can correct them. Any ideas?

I have somehow missed my extra watermelon frame. Will have to take an extra photo later.
 
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The missing cage. It will have watermelons, but is functionally the same as a tomato cage - possibly more robust!
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I certify this BB complete! (and I hit some secret buttons to get the photos right side up)

 
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Tiz the season to make trellises and cages (okay, some of these were made last month. I've just now gotten around to posting them!)

First off, the trellis! This is made with bamboo (that grows wild on my property) and twine, and it's for peas and beans to grow in my keyhole garden (same garden as is pictured 3 years ago in my Permaculture Playground and Diner thread)

the trellis!
should have had my kids take the picture of me next to it...


A few weeks after that, I went and chopped down a bunch of wildhazelnut branches and rods. Tip for building with sticks/bamboo: Always get more than you think you'll need. You'll always wish you had more!

SO many hazelnut branches!


First I stuck the upright straight-ish rods into the ground

upright rods


Then--starting at the bottom--I wove one row at a time with the thin hazel twigs. Hazel is SO MUCH nicer to weave with than bamboo. I highly recommend it!

Finished tomato cage! Made entirely out of hazel--no twine


I had a few leftover hazel rods, so I used them and some bamboo to make another tomato cage. I'm interested to see which style works best: The above one that is narrower at the bottom and wider at the top, or the below one that is wide at the bottom and narrow at the top.

Second, bonus tomato cage. I used thin bamboo and hazel to basket-weave each circle in the cage. I used a small amount of twine just to tie the top together
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