There is nothing better tasting than fruit and vegetables grown in your own backyard garden. And no vegetable is easier to grow and fun to watch than a cucumber. But first you’ll need to create a cucumber trellis for them to work they way up as young vines. You’ll get a kick out of their daily reaches to the top of the trellis. Best of all, you’ll get to enjoy some delicious vegetables great for salads or pickling.
Creating your own cucumber trellis is easy and fun. It only takes basic woodworking skills and a few basic tools. To begin you’ll need to purchase two 4×4 posts and four eight foot 2×4’s. All of these materials should be pressure treated to withstand outdoor conditions. Galvanized hardware is required to fasten the cucumber trellis together and some good twine or string is needed for the trellis.
Start by laying out the two posts. Choose somewhere sunny in your garden and set the two posts about four feet apart. You’ll need to dig down with some post hole diggers approximately 12″. A six inch wide hole is about the right diameter needed for the cucumber trellis.
Now insert each 4×4 in the hole and using two of the 2×4’s as braces to hold the posts level while you pour the concrete around the posts. Take and tack two of the 2×4’s at the top of each post perpendicular to each other, running at a 45 degree angle away from the post to the ground. Use a small wooden stake driven into the ground to secure the other end of the brace once you have it level. This will require the help from another person.
Next, fill in the surrounding void around the posts and lightly tamp. Allow to dry for 24 hours and then backfill in the remaining amount of dirt around the posts. Tamp the loose soil with a 2×4. Now the braces can be removed and the remaining braces can be affixed to the cucumber trellis posts.
Cut two 2×4’s four feet in length and attach them to the very top of the posts. Use a level and screw gun to attach the first beam. Insert two galvanized wood screws into each end of the header. Repeat for the opposite side. Insert a small block between the center of the two headers and secure with a wood screw.
Now measure down off the ground in the lowest spot 4 inches and affix the remaining two four foot 2×4’s as described above. Instead of using the level, you will need to measure between the same boards and equal length.
Finally you can attach a duplex nail every six inches on each side of the headers and posts. Run your string between each nail and your cucumber trellis is ready for planting.