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
Veggies like peas, pole beans
and cucumbers have tendrils that like to grab onto and wrap around structures as they grow.
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.
- 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.
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
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.
- 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.
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
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.
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
- 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.
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
- Secure your tomato plant to a pole by loosely tying them together using string or