Learn how to use old fencing to encourage vines to grow up your lamppost.
Are you looking for a way to jazz up your lamp post or porch light? There are a number of plants, pillar roses, for example, that can be trained to grow up lamp posts.
However, to make it really simple, choose an easy-to-grow vine, like ivy, clematis, sweet peas, morning glories, or moonflowers.
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Plant your chosen vine one to two feet away from your lamppost – close enough so that it can reach the wires you’ll use to train it. You’ll want it far enough away though so that it has space to thrive.
You can plant clematis right next to a fence post, but sweet peas need a bit more space. Morning glories can also be planted very near your post.
Make sure that you never ever dig where it’s not safe! I watched the electrician put in this lamp post for my porch light. This means that I know it’s at least one foot deep, encased in conduit, and grounded. If you aren’t sure, use a post instead, or call your electrician and get the details.
After you’ve chosen your vine and planted it, find an old piece of fencing, preferably short and chain-linked. You can disengage the chain links from one another with pliers. In order to do this, first put on a pair of work gloves.
Once you have your gloves on, use the pliers to pull apart the loops that hold the individual wires together at the top and bottom of the fence.
Next, twist the wire around and around in a circle until an individual wire is disengaged from the other wires. Repeat this step until you have as many wires as you think you’ll need (usually 5-7).
After you’ve separated your wires, sink them one by one into the ground. Lodge them deeply enough so that they are secure. Push small rocks around the bottoms of the wires to make them even more secure. Cover them with dirt.
You may want to use a piece of twine to tie each one to the top of the lamppost as you are working so that no wires bonk you on the head! Lastly, twine them to the post in several places to really make sure that they aren’t going anywhere.
Once your vines have sprouted and are tall enough, start training individual vines to each wire so that when the vines grow to maturity, they’ll cover the lamppost and add a layer of garden glamour!
Note: if you opt to use sweet peas, you may want to add additional trellis to allow for vigorous growth, trim them when they start to grow beyond the trellises, or just let them grow and spill over and grow as they may.