This easy, homemade cucumber trellis design maximizes space, and makes harvesting a breeze! Follow the steps below to build your own cucumber 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 several years ago, and I’ll never go back. It looks amazing, and what a huge space saver!
There are tons of different cucumber trellises that you could build for your garden. But what I love about this design is that is’t simple to build, and very unique.
Plus the cucumbers will hang down, making them super easy to harvest (and it looks pretty darn cool too!).
Below, I show you exactly how to build one for your own garden, step by step. It’s easy and fun, and you don’t need a ton of expense equipment or skills to get it done.
Different Types Of Cucumber Trellises
I’ve used a variety of vertical gardening systems for trellising cucumbers, mostly different types of trellises and topiary forms I had laying around.
I tried using some cool trellis topiary forms last year, but they were too dense, making it difficult to find and harvest my cucumbers.
I’ve also used straight trellises before, which I also find difficult for harvesting. The cucumbers blend in with the foliage, and can be really hard to find. Plus, I can’t reach the top of tall trellises.
So I decided it was time to come up with a better cucumber trellis design. I wanted something that looked cool, and also made harvesting easy.
How I Came Up With The Cucumber Arch Trellis Design
I found a few cucumber trellis ideas on the internet, but nothing that I loved. So I decided to come up with my own design, using a few of the concepts I saw on the internet.
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.
That’s why I decided to build an arch trellis so the cucumbers would hang down and out of the foliage, making them super easy to find.
Another great thing about it is that this arch would also work great for growing other small vining crops, like peas. So it makes crop rotation much easier!
Benefits Of Growing Cucumbers On An Arch Trellis
Not only does the arch trellis design make harvesting my cucumbers much easier, it’s also a huge space saver. The cucumber vines grow up and over the arch, rather than sprawling all over the garden.
Another thing I like about my arch trellis design is that I can grow lettuce, spinach, carrots, radishes, and other short crops underneath the arches.
The sun loving cucumber vines will shade the cold weather vegetables and keep them from bolting too fast. It’s the perfect design.
How To Build A DIY Arch Cucumber Trellis
You only need a few things to build this. Heck, you probably even most of this stuff on hand already. Here’s what you’ll need…
- 28″ garden fence (here’s the stuff that I use… metal garden fencing)
- 3′ garden fence post stakes (like these) – four for each arched trellis
- Hammer (to pound the stakes into the ground)
- Wire twist ties (I love this cut-a-length stuff)
- Wire cutters (I have these)
- Tape measure
Step 1. Measure and cut the fencing: Use your wire cutters to cut your fencing. I cut mine into 10′ lengths, which made the perfect sized arched trellis for me.
You can make the sections of fencing shorter or longer depending on your preferred cucumber trellis height, but don’t go too much taller than this or you will need a center support.
Step 2. Pound the fence posts into the ground: You’ll have two fence posts on each end of the arch. Start by pounding in two stakes on one end of the arch.
Measure the width of your garden fencing (the fencing I use is 28″ wide), and space the posts on each end of the arch about 2″ closer than the width of your fencing. So, my posts at each end of the arch are about 26″ apart.
As for the width of the arch itself… I spaced my trellis posts 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.)
Step 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. I used the wire ties to secure mine, so they wouldn’t pop off the posts in a heavy wind.
That’s it! See, I told you this homemade cucumber trellis was easy to make.
But, if you’re not ambitious enough to make your own, you can buy some pretty cool cucumber trellises too. They come in different sizes (medium, large trellis, and deluxe) so you can find the perfect size for your garden.
Planting Cucumbers To Grow On The DIY Trellis Arch
When growing cucumbers vertically, you can space the plants a little closer together than the recommendation on the seed packet/plant tag.
You can also plant cucumbers one the inside of the arch, or on the outside (or both!). It doesn’t matter, either way they will grow up the arch.
To fill the arch evenly, plant your cucumbers at both ends. They will grow up the sides of the trellis, and meet somewhere in the middle of the arch.
It’s ok if the vines intertwine, it’ll just make your arch look fuller.
Related Post: How To Plant Cucumber Seeds: A Step-By-Step Guide
Tips For Using Your Homemade Cucumber Trellis
The fencing I used to build the arch is strong enough to hold up the vines and immature cucumbers.
But the center can sag or even collapse if there are too many large cucumbers hanging down. Don’t worry though, it will pop right back once you harvest!
To prevent sagging/collapse, be sure to harvest the mature ones on a regular basis. This is a good habit to get into anyway, because cucumbers will become tough and seedy if left on the vine too long.
Remember, cucumbers grow really fast (sometimes it seems like they grow overnight!), so check your cucumber arch daily for new ones that are ready to harvest.
I love my arched cucumber trellises, they look amazing and make it so much easier to harvest my cucumbers!
Hopefully you enjoyed this tutorial for how to build a trellis for cucumbers! If you end up building this simple cucumber trellis in your garden, let me know.
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What is your favorite type of cucumber trellis to use in your garden? Tell me about it in the comments section below.