Garden Trellis – Cucumbers, Tomatoes, etc.

This week, my husband and I made these awesome cucumber trellis.
Trying to save a bit of money – with our handing building and design skills – we went for it!

After lots of research on Pinterest, we knew we wanted to make one out of wood and found a great pin with using cloths line.

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We bought 2 x 4’s at Lowes, some exterior paint ( that was on sale ) and go to it.

The size of the frame we built  was 4 feet by 4 feet.  The legs were roughly 3 feet high.  You can select the height of the legs based on your garden row size.

After we built the frame – I painted 2 coats using the exterior paint, so it will hold up to the rain / sun.

From there, we drilled holes 4.5″ apart from one another – on all 4 sides of the frame, so we could string the clothes line to make a nice weave for the plants to grow up.

Once the holes were drilled, we used 4 packages of 50′ clothes line for 2 trellis.

1 – 4’x4′ trellis would be only 2 packages. ( 1 package for vertical stringing, 1 package for horizontal stringing. )
The cloths line was $2.50 / each.

Tips for stringing:

  • Tape the end of the cloths line – use duct tape to ensure the end doesnt fray. This will save you a lot of frustration as you start to string.
  • For our 4′ by 4′ trellis we used 1 package of 50′ string for the vertical part and another package for the horiztonal stringing.  Therefore – I would encourage you to open the entire package and untangle it, before you start stringing.
  • Starting at the top – I knotted one ends 3 times, stick it through the first whole, find and stick the tip the hole on the other side, and pull the string all the way through, so the knot is on the exterior – you have a line through your first hole, etc.
  • The secondary step is pretty straight forward – take the string tip – loop it through the exterior of the frame into the next whole down and repeat the process – vertically / horizontally.   I would suggest to work left to right, going up and down is more difficult. I recommend tip the frame when so it is left and right – when you work on the next side.
  • Pull the string TIGHT, as you go through – it will represent more sturdy support for your plants.
  • When you come to the last hole – pull TIGHT and make 3 more knots.  Cut the excess string.
  • That is it!  You can do it – let me know how it goes!

This is a super easy project and it allows you to save some money too!

Happy gardening!



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