Photo by Thomas J. Story

Looking for a way to maximize space in the Sunset Test Garden, we turned our fence into a hard-working trellis.

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Made out of items from the hardware store—and sturdier than a stand-alone trellis—our version supports pole beans, morning glory, and vigorous hop vines that would otherwise ramble.

To make it:

1. Mount four 5-in. square wood blocks, one for each corner, to a strong fence using wood screws.

2. Attach a loop hook to each wood block.

3. Hang each corner of a sheet of welded remesh (typically used for reinforcing concrete and sold in 3 1/2- by 7-ft. sheets) over a loop hook.

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