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Old 04-14-2010, 01:04 AM   #1
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I decided to start growing hops this year and decided to make my own trellis. I considered using 4" x 4" x 16' posts and putting them in the ground with 4 lines on each post, but then I realized how hard it would be to transport 16' lumber 1 1/2 hours to my place. (That's the distance to the nearest Lumberyard) So instead I decided I would use PVC.

Here is a list of materials I used :

(1) Storage Building Anchor Kit @ $22.87

(27) 2" x 10' Schedule 40 PVC Pipe @ $4.22 each
(2) 2" 4 Way Slip Cross @ $3.63 each
(6) 2" Caps @ $1.20 each
(4) 2" PVC Tee @ $2.49 each
(4) 3 Way Connector @ $4.95 each
(6) 4 Way Connector @ $5.95 each
(1) 8oz Bottle of PVC Cleaner/Primer @ $3.49
(1) 8oz Bottle of PVC Cement @ $3.49

(1) 100' Roll of 1/2" Flex Water Irrigation Tubing @ $14.08
(4) 1/2" Irrigation Tubing Elbows @ $0.58 each
(15) 1/2" Irrigation Tubing Tees @ $0.58 each
(16) 1/2" Irrigation Tubing Male Adapter Insert @ $0.31 each
(16) Shrub Head Quarter Spray Nozzles @ $0.79 each

(4) Bags of Top Soil @ $1.15 each
(2) Bags of Compost/Manure @ $1.30 each
(1) Bag of Insect Control @ $8.99
(1) Bag of Schultz Moisture Control Soil @ $5.88

(8) packages of Tent Stakes *4 in a package* *32 total* @ $2.88 per package









Now on to the construction.

I started out by assembling the main pipe Cross sections. Using the PVC Cleaner and then the cement to ensure a tight fit. The pipes were placed on a level surface to assure they were level/square.



Once those were assembled, I proceeded to add in some of the pipes to assemble the main top half of the Trellis as shown in the following pictures.



The Very Top section assembled



The Middle area Assembled



Combining the sections



The 2 sections assembled



 
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:05 AM   #2
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MY REAL FIRST PANIC !! HOLY......
WTF am I going to do now...


After much debate I realized I had only one option. Shorten the legs (20 foot tall was NOT going to work)

Here it is starting to come together.



Hung the Lines for the Hops to grow on



Installing the Irrigation System



Irrigation System Installed



Final Result (Working Trellis + Irrigation System)




I got my Hops planted. 16 in total. Wish me luck. 14' was all I could get out of the trellis (roughly 15' with the twine angled out)

 
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Old 04-14-2010, 02:22 AM   #3
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Thank you so much for posting this, I too am growing hops for the first time this year. I showed my wife how much you spent and how immense your Hops trellis is and I'm not in trouble anymore thanks

Seriously though, that is awesome, cant wait to see the updated pics in about 2 months and its covered in green beautiful hops.

 
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:29 PM   #4
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How big of area is that?
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:40 PM   #5
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Quote:
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How big of area is that?
The Trellis is 10' Wide x 20' Long With top beams every 5' across the 10' width.

The property is actually 3 lots for a total of about 1 acre. It is on a hill so it was very hard to get it level. That is why it looks like the far poles are longer out of the ground than the other end. They actually are, but that was to level the Trellis.

 
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Old 04-14-2010, 04:41 PM   #6
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looking forward to the updates

 
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Old 04-14-2010, 04:51 PM   #7
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looks great, thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-14-2010, 04:59 PM   #8
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nice, looking forward to green updates

 
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Old 04-14-2010, 06:00 PM   #9
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One option, if you're worried about height (or lack thereof), is to make the lines adjustable. Let out some slack once the bines reach the top...
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Old 04-14-2010, 06:49 PM   #10
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Nice system. I already have a trellis put up, but planning on adding a second post. I really like the irrigation system. I might try something like that myself. Hops use lots of water, but wetting the leaves can lead to fungus if there isn't enough ventilation.
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