I love growing vertically. It takes up way less space than allowing vine plants to grow on the ground. I started growing my cucumbers on trellises a few years ago and won’t go back. Last year I did the same with my squash, and what a space saver!
I’ve used a variety of supports for my beans and cucumbers, mostly different types of trellises and topiary forms I had. The supports I used last year were too dense, and made it difficult to find and harvest these vegetables.
|Support for cucumber and bean|
I decided this year, I would build better supports that make it easier to harvest.
I found several ideas on Pinterest and the internet.
I was going to go with something straight, but I’ve used this type of support before and the vegetables blend in with the foliage.
I ended up combining the things I liked most about a few of the ones I found into my own design.
|Fencing used to build supports|
I wanted something that was arched so the veggies would hang down and out of the foliage.
Another thing I like about the arch design is that I can grow the lettuce, spinach and other short vegetables underneath.
The sun loving vines will shade the cold weather vegetables and (hopefully) keep them from bolting too fast.
|Fencing cut into 10′ lengths|
These supports were pretty simple to build and fairly inexpensive, about $15.00 per support.
I had some of these supplies already, so I built mine for a little less.
I made four of these – two for the beans, two for the cucumbers.
|Fence post stakes used to build supports|
The materials I used were…
- 28″ garden fence, cut into 10′ lengths
- 3′ fence post stakes – four for each support
- hammer to pound in the stakes
The fencing isn’t as sturdy as I thought it would be, so the tops might need to be supported if it gets really heavy with cucumbers.
These should make it easy to harvest the beans and cucumbers, I’m excited to see how well they hold up.
I am planning on building a new support for my squash too. Stay tuned, that will be another blog post.
Updated August 17th, 2012:
Here’s what the trellises look like now. The plants have completely taken over their trellises. I love the way these look in the garden, and they make harvesting SO much easier! The only modification I would make is to add more support to the cucumber trellis, similar to the way I built my squash arch. Now that the cucumbers are hanging down, the top is sagging a bit. But, look at all those beans…
|Bean trellis covered with beans|
|Cucumbers hanging down from arched trellis|
Don’t you just love how the cucumbers and beans hang down for easy picking?