Easy Homemade Arch Trellis

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Easy Homemade Arch Trellis

I love growing vertically. It takes up way less space in the vegetable garden than allowing vine plants to grow on the ground. I started growing cucumbers on a trellis a few years ago and I won’t go back. Last year I did the same with my squash, and what a space saver!

Related Post: How To Build A Squash Arch

Arched Trellis In Garden

Arched Trellis In Garden

I’ve used a variety of trellises for my beans and cucumbers, mostly different types of trellises and topiary forms I had laying around. I tried using some cool topiary forms last year, but they were too dense, making it difficult to find and harvest the vegetables. I’ve also used straight trellises before, which I also find difficult for harvesting. The vegetables blend in with the foliage, and can be really hard to find. Plus, I can’t reach the top of tall trellises.

I decided it was time to come up with a better trellis. I wanted something that looked cool and also made harvesting easy. I found a few designs on the internet, but nothing that I loved. I ended up designing my own, using a few of the concepts I saw on the internet.

Cucumbers Growing Vertically

Cucumbers Growing Vertically

I wanted the trellises tall enough so that I don’t have to bend over too far to harvest, but they had to be short enough for me to easily reach the top. I decided to build an arch trellis so the vegetables would hang down and out of the foliage. Another thing I like about the arch trellis design is that I can grow lettuce, spinach, carrots, radishes and other short crops underneath the arches. The sun loving vines will shade the cold weather vegetables and keep them from bolting too fast. It’s the perfect design.

Stakes Used To Build Arch Trellis

Stakes Used To Build Arch Trellis

How To Build A Homemade Arch Trellis

Materials Needed:


Wire Fencing For Arch Trellis

Wire Fencing For Arch Trellis

1. Measure and cut the fencing: I cut my fencing into 10′ lengths, which made the perfect sized arched trellis for me. You can make them shorter or longer depending on how tall you want the arch trellis to be, but don’t go much taller than this or you will need a center support.

Measure And Cut The Fencing

Measure And Cut The Fencing

2. Pound the stakes into the ground: I spaced mine about 3′ apart, but you can choose any width you want for your arched trellis. (Caution: don’t go much wider than 3′ for this design. The fencing isn’t very strong, and the arch might collapse if the trellis is too wide.)

3. Attach the fencing to the posts: The type of posts I bought have notches on them that are specifically made for attaching this type of fencing. You may find that you need to use wire twist ties to secure the fencing to the posts.

4. You’re ready to plant! My favorite cucumbers to grow on my arch trellis are Lemon, Homemade Pickles and Marketmore. My favorite types of green beans to grow on this arch are Kentucky Wonder and Blue Lake pole beans.

Cucumbers Growing On Arch Trellis

Cucumbers Growing On Arch Trellis

That’s it! See, I told you they were easy to make. I love my new arched trellises, they make it so much easier to harvest my beans and cucumbers!  Note: The fencing isn’t as supportive as I expected, and it will start to sag if it gets really heavy with cucumbers. But I harvest cucumbers so often that it doesn’t happen much. Plus, the arch trellis pops right back into place once the cucumbers are removed.

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What are your favorite types of trellises to use for growing vine crops? Tell me about it in the comments section below.

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  1. says

    Growing vining vegs on an arched trellis is a fabulous space saver! I've never thought of growing lettuces under it…I'll have to try that this year and see how it does. I use sections of cattle panel for my cukes, smaller melons and squash. The cattle panels are quite sturdy, but can be very difficult to bend and arch without help.

  2. says

    i love your blog post about building supports for beans and cukes. it occurred to me that perhaps you could grow tomatoes that way as well? have you tried that?

    also, how many bean plants do you plant for each support? cukes?

    thanks so much! i truly appreciate your experience.

  3. says

    Thanks for your useful tips. Your blog on growing cucumber on trellis and building beans and cucumber was great. I just want to ask you a question. Of these two, which supports growing cucumber well?. Both looks fine to me.

    • says

      I think any type of trellis would work fine. I like this arched design because it makes harvesting really easy and there's room underneath to grow short stuff like lettuce and spinach – which has worked out great for me!

  4. Anonymous says

    I like your ideas as well. I have a greenhouse 10×12, in the same shape as the trellis ideas. I often grow cucs to run along the walls of the greenhouse.
    Why do you wish your tellis's to be small enough for a greenhouse? Do you take your greenhouse down in the summer?

    • says

      Thank you! Yes, we take the greenhouse down during the summer. It would be way too hot in there during the summer, even with the doors off. I wouldn't mind if the cucumber trellises were taller, but the bean trellises are the perfect height. It would be difficult to get the ones on top if the trellises were much taller.

  5. Anonymous says

    Do the cukes fall off prematurely since they will be hanging? I have an old frame from my patio enclosure (gazebo) that I am either going to get rid of or make a new cover – it is way to expensive to buy another cover. Wouldn't this work to anchor chicken wire to grow my garden?

    • says

      I was worried about the same thing when I first started growing cucumbers vertically. But they don't get too heavy that they break off. I've had a few pretty large ones, and I've never had any break off the vine when they were hanging.

      Funny you mention the old gazebo frame. I have a bunch of trellises that used to be part of one of those gazebo frames. They work great as

  6. Anonymous says

    Just wondering how the lettuces and other "cold weather" crops did in the shade under the trellis? Love the pictures and the set up!!

  7. Anu says

    Need help re some type of tomato cages made out of 2×2 pieces of wood……or any other cheaper and easier way by a lady in her late 60’s (not very much of a handyman) to make.
    Thanks a million . Learning so many things now :)

    • says

      Hi Anu,
      Here’s a post I wrote about mine… Sturdy Tomato Cages

      But if you’re not handy and can’t build those, then you could simply pound some stakes into the ground and tie your tomatoes back with string. You could also use a regular trellis and tie them to that. I’ve used stakes in the past. I will pound 3 sturdy stakes into the ground around the tomato plant, then tie the string around each stake, making a circle around the tomato plant. As the plant gets taller, you can add more levels of string to hold it back. Hope this helps.


  8. Brigg Franklin says

    I see you have laid straw under your trellis. I put straw around my plants last year and now have wheat growing in my raised beds. How do you keep the wheat seeds from germinating?

    • says

      Yes, it germinates and grows but it’s super easy to pull out. I buy the bails in the fall and they spend the winter outside in the freezing cold. I’ve found that this helps to minimize the amount of seeds that sprout. The straw I lay down in the spring grows a lot more. I let it grow until it’s long enough to easily pull, then just lay it down over the top to add more natural mulch. The amount of seeds that grow from the straw are much, much less than the amount of weeds I would have in my garden if I didn’t use straw, so it’s still a huge win. :-)

  9. Brigg Franklin says

    Do you build several 28′ wide trellis when you are planting beans or peas so there is enough growing space? If so, do you leave space between each trellis to reach the vegetables that hang in the middle. Do you plant the seeds or sprouts inside the trellis or on the outside? Do you use drip irrigation to water the plants you grow under the trellis? My raised beds are 4′ x 8′ and I hope to grow beans and peas the full length of the bed. Thanks.

    • says

      I only have two of this size of trellis in my small garden. I space them about a 1/2 a foot to a foot apart when they are side by side. The cucumbers and beans hang down so they are easy to reach under the arch, which is one of the things I love the most about it. You can plant the seeds on either the inside or the outside of the arch (or both) it doesn’t matter. I currently don’t have drip irrigation in my garden, but hope to add it. Hope I got everything. :-)

  10. caldeen benedict says

    We have a lot of birds. Will this be a problem? I do not want to make it easier for the birds to get them.

  11. Paula V says

    We’re diving in and giving your arch a try! We are curious, do you plant on both ends of the arch or just one? In other words, in case I am not clear, do you have “pots of gold” at both ends of your rainbow or just one end!

    Thanks for sharing your invigorating idea!

    • says

      Awesome! Haha, pots of gold at the end of the rainbow… great visual! I plant on both ends of the rainbow. You can plant on the inside of the fencing or on the outside – or both. That part doesn’t matter, the plants will find their way over the rainbow. :-) Have fun!

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