What is it you have growing under the trellis? I love your trellis idea and will use it next year, it’d be nice to know what I could grow under it.
Lettuce grows well in partial shade; that’s what’s under the trellis that I use. Because I harvest my lettuce as it grows, it never gets too tall.
What a great idea, I will have to try it this year. I bet it would work for squash as well. Thanks for the idea!
Do you use chicken wire on a wooden frame or does the screen material matter? I’m thinking about an old screen window or door?
Cucumber vines send out little “fingers” that wrap around the wires in chicken wire. The screen might work, but the filtered sunlight underneath probably wouldn’t support growth. Try it – what have you got to lose?
They make a string type trellis material 3 to 5 foot by 15 foot that can be cut to your needs. I used wire panels for cucumber, squash and gourds. worked well til it got hot and then the vines got to hot and started dying because of it.
I mention this trellis netting on my page about building your own trellis. It works great and is cheap enough to redo every year.
For thos of us that can only grow container gardens, I could lean two together at the top. Form a tent and set my container of lettuce under it. Will spinach do well?
Any low growing shade loving leafy plant will grow well under the trellis. Lettuce, spinach would both work. Make sure you leave enough real estate for your cucumber roots to grow.
I’m not a big fan of cucumbers, but love the idea of creating shaded space for lettuce. Bet it would work with zucchini, too!
Ooh, and an old soccer goal (found at yard sale, on curb) would probably work as the support, too!
I have an old soccer goal that I was going to use a trellis this spring. Are you planning replace the net with anything?
Nylon garden mesh will work great. It’s strong and will stretch tightly. I got mine at Gardener’s Supply.
This is really neat. Will try it this year. Do you have an idea for snow peas, do you think a teepee would work for them
Snow peas just need a little fence about 4′ high. Burpees and Gardener’s Supply both offer pea supports. They grow best in cooler weather, by the way. The summer is too hot for peas, so grow beans in the summer, peas in the winter.
I really like this!!! I put 2 steel fence posts up and stretch a piece of chain link fence between the posts. It works well, have done it for a few years…BUT I am thinking this too is a great ides. Thanks!!
Do you know the approximate dimensions, my cucumber plants squash plants get huge! Not sure if this would hold them.
No, I don’t but I can check for you. Will post another reply when I have an answer to your question.
Try this link; you should see the dimensions and price.
I like the trellis idea. For my cucumber trellis I take a 16′ feedlot panel, cut it into, anchor one end down to my raised bed, and support the other end with two steel post, the large openings allow the fruit to hang through, make it great for picking… This works well for melons also. http://www.tractorsupply.com/feedlot-panel-combo-16-ft–3610341
Do you plant anything underneath?
my trellis frames are 5 x 10 3/4 pvc pipe with 1 center support covered with 48 inch field wire with Tees on one side, 2 corners, can slide pvc over a 3 foot 1/2 rebar drove vertical in the ground then tie vertical frame to a 6 foot T post at the end. T post will be tied to 2 trellis ends. Any wire smaller than field wire may allow fruit to grow around the wire, not good and yes grows into field wire sometimes also. My rows are 120 feet long so 12 trellises makes one row. At each row end the T post is anchored to the ground. Works great. No white bellies from laying on ground. These frames are easy to install easy to make easy to store and reuse each year.
I love the idea but Im allergic to cucumber. Can I grow something else with this idea.
You could probably grow melons or squash on it.
I’m making mine out of PVC pipe. I’ll attach garden fencing using zip ties. Once the growing season’s over I can disassemble the frame, store it in my outside shed and it’ll be ready for the next year.
What way did you face the trellis (cardinal direction)? I assume there are advantages/disadvantages in each direction.
I always face my beds South to get the best sun.
may I use a picture from your website found on Pinterest of a cucumber garden trellis for a display on gardening for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). It would be used in Adams and Juneau Counties, Wisconsin for two months (May and June of 2013).
The photo is not mine to give. I borrowed it from a sales site. Sorry.