After seeing Lavender & Leeks’ Willow arch, I wanted one! I searched locally for a Willow farm but couldn’t find any in the area. I was a little concerned how long a willow arch would last and I wanted something, which got me looking for alternative. I found another gardener in America who had made an arch from cattle panels. I wasn’t able to find any in the UK, so I started looking for heavy duty wire mesh and found a local company selling just what I was looking for!
The roll was 12.5 metres, meaning we could make two arches. We used 4 x 7FT wooden posts to attach the mesh to. We purchased a Post Hole Digger to make light work of making the holes in the soil. The posts were concreted into the ground on Good Friday and left to set for two days. The posts were pressure treated, but we gave them another coat of preservative as we could only get hold of 8ft posts and had to had to cut them down.
Attaching the mesh wasn’t so straight forward. The centre of arch didn’t quite have enough rigidity to maintain a perfect arch, so we bought two 3m lengths of aluminium to attach to the front and back of the wire to give it the much needed support.
The arch looks fantastic, it’s better than I was ever hoping! It measures 4ft wide, 6ft across and is around 7.5ft tall.
I can’t wait to start growing flowers and vegetables. I’m planning on growing Sweet Peas, Munchkin Pumpkins, Runner Beans and possibly Melons and Butternut Squash if they will grow vertically. I’ve also sown four sunflower seeds, as a fellow instagrammer suggested they would look fantastic at the front of the arch.
I now declare the Royal Arch Open!
I was thinking about having charity garden coffee morning in the summer if we get the garden looking in a decent shape.