Make a Cucumber Tent Trellis

Cucumber plants produce tendrils that grab the wire of the trellis.

Cucumber tendrils will grab the wires and secure the vine to the trellis as it grows.

A tent-shaped trellis makes a great support for cucumbers. Create your own cucumber tent trellis using farm-ready welded steel panels. One panel costs about $25 and will make 2 or 3 trellises.

Make a cucumber trellis using a fence panel. Great project for small gardens.

Vining cucumbers grow best with support. A tent-shaped trellis saves space in the garden and raises the fruit off the ground, keeping it clean and fresh.

Step 1. Purchase a steel utility panel, available in farm supply stores. Panels often come in 16-foot lengths and 2 to 3-foot widths. They may be called cattle panels or hog panels. You can also make the same from a length of concrete reinforcement wire.

Step 2. Wear gloves for steps 2–4. Using heavy-duty bolt cutters, cut the panel in half or thirds, depending on whether you want 2 or 3 trellises.

Step 3. Bend each piece in the middle to create a tent shape. The steel material is difficult to bend and may require two people.

Step 4. For each tent-shaped trellis, use bolt cutters to snip off one horizontal end, which creates a staked end.

Step 5. Set cucumber trellises on the ground and secure the stake ends. Plant vining cucumbers and allow them to grow up and over the tent trellises.