Homemade Cucumber Trellis from Garage Door Tracks

Build a sturdy and inexpensive cucumber trellis by upcycling reclaimed materials, such as garage door tracks and chain-link fencing.

  • Cucumber Trellis
    If you can find a few garage door tracks and some old chain-link fencing, you’ll be able to assemble a homemade cucumber trellis for your garden.
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  • Cucumber Trellis

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

5/22/2018 10:35:04 PM

I use the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own DIY projects – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha. Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)

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.

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