I just wanted to give a quick rundown of what it took to finish up the trellis system, picking up where the previous post on trellis construction left off, which was with all the cedar posts and anchors securely in the ground. The first step was to complete the scaffold. The 7.5-foot structure was built with 2 x 4’s and 3/4-inch conduit. The blueprints (page 1 and page 2) are available if you are interested. We used some old, but very sturdy (and heavy) 2-inch by 12-inch oak boards (stashed away in the barn decades ago by John’s dad) for the plank to stand on.
To connect the anchor posts to the row posts we used 1/4-inch galvanized aircraft cable and 5/8-inch by 9-inch turnbuckles. Within each row we connected the 40-foot spans between posts using 3/16-inch galvanized aircraft cable. The cable was wrapped around each post several times and held in place with multiple large staples. The cable itself was fastened
with steel clamps, three at each connection. The scaffold was a bit tedious to move around, but it was extremely sturdy and allowed for us to get ample leverage for tightening the cable. We’re hoping that with a couple wheels attached to the scaffold it will serve us well come harvest.
The final step was to string twine from the ground to the cable for the hops to grow up. We used bailing twine for this, cut into roughly 30-foot lengths. To secure the string to the ground we fashioned out stakes from the leftover limbs of the cedar posts. The limbs, around 1-inch in diameter, were cut into roughly 1-foot pieces. They were then sharpened, notched at the top, and driven into the ground with a hammer. A ladder worked better for tying the twine to the cable. So up and down the ladder 180 times later and we were finished. Each plant now has 2 pieces of twine to choose from.
More pictures from the trellis construction: