Random Chat and Photos forum: 'Cattle Panels'

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Imagewcgypsy
Jun 3, 2011 2:18 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Has anyone done anything with cattle panels, as in arched for vine support over pathways? I have a large open area that a path cuts through and I hate that it's so hot and sunny and exposed...I'd also like spots for growing some morning glories..heh heh....and to give some more dimension to the area. Jer's busy with other stuff so I know I can't interest him in building some arbor/trellises right now, but the cattle panels, I think would be a quick job. Either in metal that can rust, or sprayed green..

I think Mike did some wire arches for his climbing roses...Hey, Mike...you around?

This is the pathway, in all of it's too sunny, middle-of-the-day exposure. This won't do. Different architectural elements give us so much more to play off of also......
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Desertdenial
Jun 3, 2011 3:34 PM CST
Name: Marie Ortiz
Tolleson, Arizona
Check out this thread http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/684265/#post_62650...
I will hopefully be doing something like it this year
Marie
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Imagewcgypsy
Jun 3, 2011 6:12 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Marie, thanks, but I can't view that thread since I no longer subscribe to DG....

There's a lot of info available, but most of what I've seen so far is limited to narrow dimensions and my path is wider than it looks in the pic. Need to keep looking. Once I've made up my mind what I want to do, I want to do it NOW, of course. However, I also want Jer to keep working on what he's doing now.
Imagewcgypsy
Jun 3, 2011 6:26 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
It appears that the cattle panels only come in 16 ft lengths and that wouldn't be long enough anyway...hmmm. This will require some more thinking...hmmmm.
Imagequiltygirl
Jun 4, 2011 10:06 PM CST
Name: Lynda
Wildomar, CA Zone 9a
If you put maybe 4 x 4 posts in the ground to elevate them you could spread them out more. I have seen photos of them on another DG site, the strawbale forum. The had a couple of them side by side with the strawbales on the outside of the base. They grew tomatoes and pole beans on them and were able to pick them from overhead, pretty cool. Let's see if I can share a photo from there. Blurry, bit you can get the idea.


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Imagewcgypsy
Jun 4, 2011 10:22 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Thanks, Lynda. We were in San Diego today picking up materials and Jer asked if I wanted to get the cattle panels I'd mentioned, but I decided not to. Just won't look right anyway. See, I get him thinking about it and then how that won't work and his mind automatically goes into what would be better and then possibly he may take time to do something else for me....lol...

I need height and width and it will have to be accomplished with either wood or metal framing and flat across the top, I think. Started out thinking I wanted 4 and then narrowed it down to 3 and now think 2 is all that would be needed.
Imagequiltygirl
Jun 5, 2011 7:34 AM CST
Name: Lynda
Wildomar, CA Zone 9a
Sounds like a pergola is in your future...
Imagewcgypsy
Jun 5, 2011 7:14 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
This month's issue (June) of Fine Gardening has a layout and shows a couple of arches formed of better quality wire and they look to be tall and wide enough. Jer says he saw those at Cedros nursery in Solana Beach, so maybe take a run down there to see if they still have them.....
Imageimapigeon
Jun 13, 2011 10:13 AM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
I took a photo of a cattle panel arch while on a garden crawl yesterday so I could post it for you. Tune in later.....
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Imagewcgypsy
Jun 13, 2011 12:59 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Thank you much, looking forward to it......
Imageimapigeon
Jun 13, 2011 5:07 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Here ya go. They make excellent arches! The husband of the friend in the picture made a vertical bean support for her using a cattle panel. He painted it with black Rustoleum, sank some concrete supports in the ground and attached a wooden frame on either side of the panel. It's gorgeous. I didn't have my camera when I saw it. Let me know if you want a photo and I'll get one next time I'm there.
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Imagewcgypsy
Jun 13, 2011 5:33 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
So...the one pictured is not the one made by the friend? I'm thinking that the one pictured looks more like the panels that Jer said were at a nursery we sometimes go to and like theonepictured in this month's Fine Gardening. The one you've pictured looks as though it would be more than 16 feet in length, making it possible to span that wider distance. This one also has a more finished edge than what I'm thinking the cattle panels may have also. I like that. The next time we go to San Diego for metal, I'll go by the nursery and see if they still carry the panels. They'll cost more than the cattle panels, but would make it possible to span the greater distance, I think. Thanks much, Janet!
Imageimapigeon
Jun 13, 2011 11:02 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
I should have taken closer shots. It was the last garden of the day and my brain was fried....

I think they tied multiple panels together over the top, as well as on the side. I believe this was actually 4 panels. I couldn't swear to it, but I'm pretty sure!
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