It's fun, fulfilling, and delicious to grow your own vegetable garden. But some of our favorite veggies, like cucumbers, melons, and squash, take up lots of room and need a little extra support—literally— to thrive. Building a trellis for your cucumber plants can help save space, keep your plants healthy, and even beautify your backyard.
Here are some of our favorite DIY cucumber trellis ideas to try in your garden this summer.
This is one of the easiest ways to trellis cucumbers—not least because you can purchase wooden trellises in a variety of heights and widths from most hardware stores, nurseries, and harden centers. You can make your own by nailing or tying together thin strips of wood or even sturdy sticks at right angles. Use narrow pieces of wooden trellis to support cucumbers grown in containers on your patio or fire escape.
Wooden lattice makes an attractive cucumber trellis, and it's widely available at hardware stores. Construct a wooden frame around the lattice to make it extra sturdy, and make sure to bury at least a few inches of the frame in the soil to hold it in place.
If you've got a smooth fence that vines can't easily climb, you could lean a piece of unframed lattice against the fence for support and plant your cucumbers at its base.
Look for wooden lattice made with cedar, which is naturally resistant to decay and lasts longer than other types of wood.
Chain Link Fence
The easiest way to trellis cucumbers? Grow them next to a fence that can do double duty as a trellis. Chain link, lattice, or even chicken wire fencing can provide an excellent support system for those climbing vines. Simply plant your seedlings at the base of the fence, then train the young tendrils onto the fence.
If the fence is shared, it's a good idea to check with your neighbors—and offer to share your harvest—before you plant.
For a cucumber trellis that you can use year after year, look no further than hardware fencing. This sturdy grid of tough, long-lasting wire can be cut to the size you need and is widely available at hardware stores.
Roll it into a cylindrical tower shape, bend it into a tall A-frame, or use upright lengths like a wall and plant your cukes on either side. Anchor the fencing by burying it in the soil or holding straight lengths in place with pairs of cinderblocks or stacks of bricks.
An A-frame trellis for cucumbers checks all the boxes: it keeps your plants off the ground, makes the fruit easier to harvest, and looks attractive, too. You can purchase ready-made A-frame wire trellises at hardware stores or nail your own together out of wood.
You can also build A-frame trellises by tying a few pairs of stakes or bamboo poles together at the top in an A-shape, then running twine between the legs on each side to create horizontal support for vines to climb.
Twine and Post Trellis
This is one of the easiest (and cheapest) cucumber trellis ideas. Drive a series of tall poles or stakes into the ground at even intervals, then join them with lengths of twine, starting six to eight inches from the ground and tying additional lengths every six to eight inches going up the poles. Be sure to bury several inches of stake to keep your trellis from toppling over when it's full of lush greenery and crispy, juicy cucumbers.
Wire Garden Border
If you've got some wire garden border left over from your last landscaping project, you can use it to trellis your cucumbers. While it won't keep the plants off the ground entirely, it's a good way to give them a little support, especially if you don't mind the vines spilling out of your garden bed. Simply anchor the garden border in the ground at least a few inches deep, then plant seedlings at the base.
If a lush, shady, vine-lined pathway is one of your gardening dreams, consider constructing a pergola to support your cucumbers. A pergola is essentially two upright posts with a crossbeam on top. It can be a single frame or dozens of frames spanning a long pathway covered in beautiful climbing plants.
You can build a pergola from kits sold at hardware stores or DIY it with tall wooden stakes, straight sticks, or bamboo poles nailed or tied together.
If you want flexibility in your garden from year to year, consider using netting to trellis your cucumbers. Sink metal T-poles about a foot into the ground at even intervals, then hang the netting evenly on the hooks that run up and down the poles. Look for sturdy varieties that can be rolled up at the end of the season and saved for the next year.
Similar to a pergola, an archway trellis can be short or long to suit your needs. The easiest way to build an archway trellis for cucumbers is to purchase one ready made from your local hardware store or garden center, but you can also use sturdy metal fencing, like hardware fencing or livestock panels.
Anchor T-posts on either side of where you want each entrance of the archway to be, bend the fencing into an arch shape, and attach it to the T-posts with zip ties. Plant your cucumbers along the outsides of the arch, then watch them climb to the top.