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How To Make A Trellis For Peas, Pole Beans and Cucumbers


It’s the beginning of July and I’m noticing that as the vegetables in the garden are maturing, they also need support. Don’t we all?

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Veggies like peas, pole beans and cucumbers have tendrils that like to grab onto and wrap around structures as they grow.      

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Providing a trellis will help these veggies to climb their way toward the sun. Building a trellis is very satisfying. This structure will help keep your garden tidy and make your vertical landscape more interesting. It’s a fair trade: provide your climbing plants with the structural support they need, and in turn, you get emotional and nutritional support. Think of how nice it will be when your eyes feast upon a vertical landscape filled with delicious food.  

This article shows you 3 different types of trellising methods. 

  1. The first is great for pole beans and peas. All you need are strong, long sticks or bamboo stakes. The length of the sticks/stakes depends on how tall you want your trellis to be, minus a foot, which will be buried in the ground.  

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·         Place your sturdiest sticks/stakes at least a foot into the ground where your veggies are growing.  

·         The sticks/stakes should be 6-8 inches apart from each other. 

·         Once your row of sticks/stakes are in the ground, weave your remaining sticks/stakes horizontally through the vertical ones that you just buried. The horizontal rows should also be about 6-8 inches apart from each other.  

  1. This second example is better for cucumbers, which are heavier so require a sturdier structure. We love to use re-use and re-purpose materials. To build this second trellis, we used a T-bar and broken broom handles as the vertical poles. You will also need strong, long sticks or bamboo stakes, as well as twine or string.  

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·         Bury your T-bars/broom handles into the ground where your cucumbers are growing so that they are secure from strong winds (at least a foot deep). 

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·          These vertical poles should be about 3 feet apart from each other.  

·         Once your row of poles are in the ground, weave the sticks/bamboo stakes horizontally through the vertical ones. Use string or twine to secure the sticks/stakes to the vertical poles.  


·         You will also need to use string or twine to tie the horizontal sticks/stakes to each other if you need to extend their length.  

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·         Next, weave 2-3 of your sticks/stakes evenly apart and vertically between each T-bar/broom stick.  These should also be buried into the ground to provide extra sturdiness. 

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  1. The third type of trellising uses 3 poles, sticks or stakes to form a tee pee-like structure. These are good for your taller tomato plants. Though tomatoes don’t have tendrils, they do need support as they start to produce fruit.  

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·         Bury 3 poles near your plants at a slight angle so that the top of the poles lean toward each other.  

·         Tie the 3 poles together at the top using string or twine.  

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  • Secure your tomato plant to a pole by loosely tying them together using string or twine. 

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Happy trellising!

Lea :)





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