OK I'm confused and stumped.
I want to make hoop structures, but I need heavy duty trellises too. And I can't afford the space, time, money, or energy making or buying them both.
Then it occurred to me that the concrete reinforcing wire (4'x8' sheets that BIL got for me a couple of years ago from somewhere -- I think he said he got a friend to cut them from a roll and that he didn't think I could cut them myself) worked out really well as vertical flat trellis secured longways and short ways on stakes.
I like that the openings are large enough to reach through and bring out most harvest, and the wire is strong enough to provide good support.
I think I could also bend them to make a nice arch to cover with plastic, bird netting, shade cloth, etc. I tried floating covers one year and they kept on snagging on the rust, so I don't think they're good for that, but I can always lay the floating covers directly on the plants.
ETA: Also, if I secure them into arches for a time, can they be straightened into flat sheets again. Do people who make tomato cages out of them store them in the cyrindrical shape or flatten them?
I could try asking him again, but I wonder if I can't just get them from somewhere? I've seen similar "sheets" tucked away and rusty at big box stores. Is that the best place to get them? (don't send me to salvage yards and other esoteric places -- someplace reasonably easy to find, please)
Also what are HOG WIRE Fences and how do they compare to concrete reinforcing wires (structurally and price wise)? I've heard that they work well too. Where do you get them?
I asked at Tractor Supply and they had Something that was much heavier gauge than concrete reinforcing wire. They were bigger than 4x8 -- maybe more like 12' long and I couldn't even lift one end of it so that was out of the question, but are those what are called "cattle panels"?