DIY Cucumber Trellis

In my last post, I discussed the benefits of using bamboo in the garden.  The cut and dried stalks make great garden stakes for your plants that require a little extra support.  Plus, if you know someone that grows bamboo, it’s a much more cost effective way of staking your garden without buying commercial cages and stakes, that often don’t offer enough support as your plants continue growing.

Today, I thought you’d like to see another way I’ve used bamboo in the garden, because it solved another common garden problem.

Cucumber trellis made from bamboo

Cucumber trellis made from bamboo

{Disclaimer: please ignore that awful, awful fence.  It’s our neighbors, and the house is currently in contract to sell, so we’re patiently waiting!}

I personally don’t like growing my cucumbers on the ground.  They get dirty, the cucumbers remain hidden, and they are more susceptible to different plant illnesses.  Growing cucumbers on a trellis also takes a lot less room, so it’s a great alternative for gardeners without much space.

The photo above shows my DIY cucumber trellis, that Cage Free Dad and I made using 5 bamboo stakes and some baling wire. The total cost for the project was about half the cost of a spool of baling wire, so it was very budget friendly.

When we planted our cucumbers, we didn’t actually have this trellis design in mind, but it really worked out.  We have 2 rows of 4 plants each, so when it came time to make a trellis, we simply constructed this triangle shaped trellis right in between the 2 rows of plants, so that they’ll climb along the outside of the trellis (if you have the plants grow on the inside it’ll be harder to reach the cucumbers when the plants are fully grown).

How We Did It

First, we cut our bamboo stakes to about 3′ long (I didn’t measure, just eye-balled it).  Then, we pushed the stakes into the ground a couple of inches to make them more sturdy.  Our soil always stays a bit moist, so it was easy to push the stakes in where they needed to go.  We put them right on the outside of the last plants in the rows.  If you have longer rows, you may want to consider having another stake to go in the middle of the row to support the wires, but this design worked well for us.

Once we had all 4 stakes where we wanted them, we used some baling wire to connect the tops of the stakes, so it makes a sort of tent design.  Then we added the 5th stake across the top and secured it with more baling wire.  This made the construction really sturdy.  In fact, it withstood a pretty good thunderstorm last night with no signs of wear and tear.

After we had the skeleton of the frame put together, we simply strung several lengths of wire across the stakes, making sure to pull them tight.  This is the first part that really needed 2 people, so that we could get the wire tight and secure.  The rest of it I was able to construct myself while Cage Free Dad worked on the chicken coop.

Finally, we were done and just had to gently start training our plants to grow along the wire instead of the ground.  As you can see in the photo, a few of the plants have grown considerably, and are already able to trellis to the second wire!  If you’re really on top of your game, I suggest having the trellis in place before planting your plants, because they grow fast, and it’s easier to train them from the beginning.

There are plenty of other options for trellising your cucumber plants (and other vining plants), but for us, creating our own was the best option.  We were able to use materials we had on hand and saved a bunch of money.  If you decide to use this trellis idea for your own garden, please feel free to add a photo of it to my Facebook page!

 

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