Raspberry Trellis for the Garden

Running the Support Wires for the Raspberry Bushes

And are thoughts were that these rows will also help block the wind for some of the beds on the lee side.

DIY spinning jenny for raspberry trellis wire unspooling
Hand-made Spinning Jenny for trellis wire

A few weeks later I was ready to string the wires. I use 12.5 gauge galvanized wire, and I made my own spinning ninny to help wind it out.

DIY spinning jenny for trellis wire unspooling
Build Raspberry Trellises – Hand-made Spinning Jenny for trellis wire – plywood for wheels to run on

The base is a tire rim with a pipe bolted to it. On that, I set some plywood.

DIY spinning jenny for berry trellis wire unspooling
Castor wheels on hand-made spinning jenny

I made the part that holds the roll and spins, from more plywood, 2×4’s, and castor wheels.

DIY spinning jenny for trellis wire unspooling
Roll of 12.5 gauge galvanized wire on spinning jenny

The wire is held in place with small blocks of wood mounted on threaded rod. You can buy a spinning ninny at most farm or fencing suppliers.
This heavy wire can be very unruly and dangerous if you’re not careful. I wouldn’t work with it unless I had a way to spell out and control the wire like this.

DIY spinning jenny for raspberry trellis wire unspooling
Pulling out wire from roll

Tying the Wires

Starting from the wire vice end of the trellises, I pull out enough wire to take me to the lower eye bolt.

tying galvanized wire to ring bolts on raspberry trellis
Tie wire to lower eye bolt

I tie that off then pull out the slack to cut the wire about 8″ past the post.

tying galvanized wire to ring bolts on raspberry trellis
Wire fed thru post into back of wire vise

When I cut the wire with fencing pliers, I’m careful to always control each end as it can spring away. The end from the roll, I push into the ground to hold it in place. The other end I thread into the hole of the post and through the wire vice.
At least that was what I was planning. Something was blocking the wire vice and I though it might be a splinter of wood. So I had to remove the screws and pull out the vice to clear the hole. Turns out it was an earwig.

tying galvanized wire to ring bolts on raspberry trellises
Pulling wire tight with fence pliers

Wires run through Vices

These wire vices only allow the wire to go one way. They have small jaws that grip the wire like a ratchet. To tighten the line I give it a tug with pliers. Later I’ll bend over the sharp ends of the wire and tuck them down.

tying galvanized wire to ring bolts on raspberry trellis
Build Raspberry Trellises – Wire vise in post

I loop the wire through the eye of the bolt then cross it over and up through this loop.

tying galvanized wire to ring bolts on trellis
Build Raspberry Trellises – Tying wire to eye bolt on cross member

This is stiff wire so it takes some struggling to tie it. I don’t make the neatest knots but they work.

tying galvanized wire to ring bolts on berry trellis
Wire thru vise

Once through the loop, I wind the end tightly in the opposite direction a few turns. Then trim off the excess. I’ll go back later and wind that end in more.

tying galvanized wire to ring bolts on raspberry trellises
Wire fed through hole in cross member into vise

There’s also some specialized tools available to make tying this heavy wire easier.
Now I’ll cut that, push the roll end of the wire into the ground to secure it, then feed the other end through the back of the wire vice.

tying galvanized wire to ring bolts on trellis
Wire pulled taught in wire vise

Then I’ll repeat this for the rest of the wires.
Here’s another look at tying the wire to the eye bolt.

tying galvanized wire to ring bolts on raspberry trellis
Tied trellis wire onto eye bolt

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