Growing veggies vertically is a great way to save space in the garden. This simple trellis can be made out of pieces of scrap wood in just a few minutes. We’re growing cucumbers on ours, but you could use the same trellis to grow pole beans, winter squash, watermelons and just about any other vining crop.
What Youâ€™ll Need
- 4 6-foot pieces of 2×4 lumber
- 2 4-foot pieces of 1×6 lumber
- 2 3-foot pieces of 1×6 lumber
- 2 10-inch pieces of 1×6 lumber
- 1 4-foot piece of 1-inch PVC pipe
- 1 4-by-8-foot piece of 14-gage welded-wire fencing
- cordless drill
- several dozen 1-inch wood screws for outdoor use
- 2 2-inch wood screws for outdoor use
- 2-inch drill bit
- staple gun with staples
- wire cutter
Step 1: Build The Frameâ€™s Outer Edge
Begin by erecting the A-frame of the trellis. Lay two of the 2x4s on the ground so the top ends meet on their inner corners and the outermost edge of the bottom ends are 3 feet apart. Use 1-inch wood screws to attach the 3-foot piece of 1×6 along the bottom edge of the 2x4s. Then use 1-inch wood screws to attach the 10-inch piece of 1×6 to the place where the top ends of the 2x4s meet. Repeat with the other 2x4s and 1×6 to build the other side of the A-frame.
Step 2: Erect The Frame
Once the two A-frame ends are built, have a helper hold one of them up as you attach one end of the 4-foot piece of 1×6 to the bottom using two or three 1-inch wood screws. Then drill the other 4-foot piece of 1×6 onto the base of the opposite leg. Once completed, attach the other A-frame to the other end of the 1×6 base using 1-inch wood screws.
Step 3: Attach Top PVC Pipe
Lay the 4-foot piece of PVC pipe across the top, between the two A-frame sides. It should rest in the V between the tops of the 2×4 legs. Use a 2-inch screw to attach the ends of the pipe to the top of the A-frame on each side, pre-drilling the holes to prevent the plastic from splitting.
Step 4: Attach Fencing
Lay the welded wire fencing over the top of the frame, attaching it with staples along the 1×6 base and the 2×4 sides. Cut away any extra length with wire cutters.
Step 5: Plant
Plant four cucumber, squash or melon plants along each side of the frame, or sow bean seeds every 1 inch along each side of the frame. Train the plants to grow up the welded-wire fencing.
As an added bonus, you can use the shady spot underneath the vine-covered frame to grow a summer crop of lettuce or kale!