So excited to have a vegetable garden in my own backyard this year! I spent a couple months planning out my garden, what vegetables are compatible and how I was going to fit everything in etc. So much fun!
As I was planning, I was thinking about how to save space with plants that vine and grow in large patches, such as squash, cuccumbers, and watermelon. So I decided to try something I had never tried before, a cuccumber trellis. I went on pinterest, found something that looked study and not too difficult and showed it to my husband. This is what we came up with;
- (4) 8′ 2x4s cut into 4 foot sections
- (8) small “L” brackets
- (2) galvanized/stainless hinges
- (8) 3″ deck screws
- box of 1″ screws
- box of galvanized staples
- roll of chicken wire
- Skill Saw or Chop Saw
- Tin Snips
- Screw Gun with a #8 bit (Red Robbie)
So first step is putting the hinges on, they are so that the trellis can be folded up and stored during the winter months.
- Take 2 of the 4′ 2x4s
- Put them end for end
- Using your 1″ screws and screw gun, attach hinge leaving about a 1/2″ gap between the two boards (this is for easy movement in your hinge)
- Repeat this step so that you now have two sets
Then you are going to make the frame:
- Take 2 of your 4′ 2x4s
- Using the deck screws, going in on an angle, attach the two hinged boards with the 4′ 2x4s making a capital “I”
- Reinforce the square by attaching an “L” bracket to the inside corners of the frame
- Take the remaining 4′ 2x4s and attach them on either side, near the bottom, measuring 34″ from the bottom of the top cross 2×4
- Use the deck screws, going in on an angle
- Again use the “L” brackets to secure the frame
You should now have a complete frame for your trellis.
Now onto the chicken wire:
- Roll out the chicken wire, measure 4′ 3″ and cut using the tin snips
- Using the staples and a hammer, attach the chicken wire on the underside of the trellis
Lastly put it in the garden!