Homemade Cucumber Trellis from Garage Door Tracks

By using reclaimed materials, such as garage door tracks and chain-link fencing, you can build a sturdy and inexpensive cucumber trellis that’s perfect for a small city garden.

| June/July 2015

While growing our small city garden, we’ve struggled with controlling cucumber vines. Then, my wife saw an arbor-like cucumber trellis she wanted me to make. The idea was to make it tall and sturdy so the vines could grow over it, and so we could walk underneath it to pick the hanging cukes.

When I got around to making our trellis, I searched through my garage for available materials. As I looked around, I noticed the curvature of the garage door track. I just happened to have two tracks from old garage doors. If you don’t have these, I think you can get them from someone who installs garage doors or from a salvage yard.

By bolting the tracks together, I constructed a sturdy frame. I then draped a leftover piece of chain-link fencing over the top and wired it to the frame. Our homemade cucumber trellis works just as we’d hoped — and I made it entirely from reclaimed materials.

David S. Nennig
Green Bay, Wisconsin

1/17/2018 9:19:28 AM

A "How To" and picture steps would of been nice.

6/22/2016 9:11:41 AM

Nice cucumbers. Would have rather seen your trellis instead.

6/22/2016 8:30:17 AM

we rescued a discarded garden gazebo frame from our neighbour's curbside. The 7 foot tall corner uprights were joined at the top with 2 foot cross pieces, which made great frames for plastic trellis netting, fastened on with plastic tie wraps. We fastened the trellis frames onto the sides of our raised gardens with "u" clamps, which made them easy to remove and store over the winter. There were also a number of 1 foot decorative pieces with a fleur de lise on the top, which made excellent ground stakes for securing the cords from the top of my maypole,to support morning glories or sweet peas. Not much, that can be put to use in my garden, goes to waste in my neighbourhood.

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