That looks like a good idea. We gave up on chicken wire after the first year and moved to stucco wire, much sturdier. Have wanted to do the arch thing for the scarlet runner beans--- I can just picture them hanging down and being easy to pick. Cukes should work well too.
Well I was kind of dumb and took my 8'X5' traiier to pick these up(next time I will borrow Dad's 16 ft Trailer). The guys at the Farm Supply never even hesitated. Said they put them in 8ft Pickup boxes all the time.
They bowed the panels into an arch between the front and the tailgate. And I just strapped them in.
The wife and I got to thinking on the way home that that was a neat idea and are going to use it in the garden.
Surfing the net this is not an original idea and there are a lot of great pictures of Hog/Cattle Panels used in gardens in various ways. I will be buying more, I have to buy a little every year to build my inventory without exceeding my budget. Maybe they are not all that expensive, when you get 16' of sturdy fence for $22.95(local price, and could vary from region to region)?
Now that heavy wire arched like that is a giant spring(remember there were 6 of them) and could be a mankiller(or at least injure) if not handled with some sense.
When I got home I took the ratchet strap I had tied it in the trailer with, hooked it to the wire towards the bottom.
And tightened it down to take off some of the tension so I could hold them in the arc, while I took the tailgate out, and get them off the trailer. Then set them upright and slowly let the tention off.
Since I'll be arching them by myself I'll do the same and always stand on the off side so if something slips I'll be away from the spring..
Edited by JD DANNELS, May 08, 2013 - 09:43 AM.