So, you’ve decided to try your hand at growing your own food this year. You’ve got ideas for the types of plants you’ll grow. You know your kids love cucumbers and tomatoes, bell peppers and carrots, and you know the best food is the food you grow yourself.
If you’re new to growing vegetables, you probably know that you need some trellises, but you might not know how to do it. That’s what we’re here for.
Types of Trellises
There are a number of trellis types that you should be aware of before you make your DIY garden trellis.
- Panel trellis
- Fence trellis
- Wall trellis
- Planter trellis
- Arch trellis
Each trellis type, of course, has different uses. Some are used for division, others for creating walk ways, and others to grow specific plant types. Today, we’re going to look at creating a cucumber trellis.
Your Cucumber Trellis DIY
You don’t have to use a trellis for cucumbers, but if you’d like them to be uniform in shape and size, a trellis is definitely recommended.
Cucumber trellises are pretty easy to make, too, which is nice.
1. Get Your Supplies
You’ll need a few tools and supplies for your trellis. Gather these items together before you begin.
- 6 six foot long 2×4 boards
- 2 one and a half foot 2×4 boards
- 3 inch galvanized screws
- Carpenter’s pencil
2. Turn your 2x4s into Stakes
In order to secure your trellis frame into the ground, you’ll need to turn them into stakes. To do this, draw a V-shape on one end of four of the 2x4s. Cut along these Vs to create the stakes.
2. Create the Frame
After your stakes are ready for sinking, you’re going to attach two six foot long boards to the tops of each pair of stakes. Use the galvanized screws to do this.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll then attach a one and a half foot board to each end, to make the frame sturdier overall. This is your trellis frame.
3. Sink the Posts
As this point, you’re going to sink your stakes into the ground. Use some cement to protect them against the elements, and let them thoroughly dry before continuing.
4. Create the Net
Next, you’ll take some nails and drive them into a single line along the underside of the six-foot boards. You’ll repeat this on the inside of both of the boards that make up the height of the trellis. Make sure to leave a bit of the nails extended, as these are what you’ll use to attach your twine.
Create the net of twine by tying one end of the twine to the bottom left nail. Take the twine horizontally across to the other end, and loop the twine around that nail.
Next, pull the twine vertically up to the nail second from the bottom, loop the twine around that nail, and then pull the twine horizontally across to the matching nail on the other end.
Repeat this process until you’ve completed this pattern to the top nail. Cut the twine.
From here, you will attach the end of the twine to the nail at the left of the board that creates the top of the frame. Drop the twine vertically down to the first row of twine running perpendicular. Tie the twine around the other twine, and then drop it down to the next row.
Tie the twine to that row, and continue horizontally down to the bottom row of twine. Tie off the string at the bottom row, and cut the twine.
Repeat this process for each successive nail along the top of the frame.
5. And Repeat
After finishing the first side of the trellis, repeat these steps on the other side of the frame. The two shorter boards in the frame help to separate the two sides of the trellis, meaning you can grow more cucumbers.
How to Use this Trellis and Others
You can use this cucumber trellis, obviously, for growing cucumbers. You can also use a similar, though smaller design, as a tomato trellis. For a tomato trellis, however, you should use 1×2 boards both for the frame and for the net of supports for the tomato plants. You can also look out for DIY wall trellis instructions, or you could even go find a Wall Trellis Kit.
You can also find DIY instructions for building a tomato cage using a variety of materials, a trellis planter designed to adjust to your needs, or any host of other DIY instructions for trellis projects for whatever you’re planning to grow this year.