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

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.

Photo by Fotolia/lisa870

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

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.

6/22/2016 7:52:02 AM

This is my trellis using T post help hold trellis up for green beans works great for picking to standing up most of time. Had 6 -- 100 ft rows green beans one year http://screencast.com/t/TgmT0y8IY

6/22/2016 7:43:35 AM

Have used trellis for cucumbers green beans and tomatoes ( not for tomatoes any more) My trellis are 3/4 PCV pipe 5 ft high 10 ft long with 1 middle 5 ft brace. Applied 48 in field fence wire 6 in off ground. To hold trellis up a 1/2 in rebar 4 ft long is driven in ground so each end of trellis can be slide over rebar. Works great my rows are 100 ft long and 1 rows cucumbers is enough for us and 2 kids. For tomatoes use 3 legged cage to start then apply larger cage 48 in field fence wire 28 in diameter with a T post driven inside so wind does not blow it over. Prune, Prune, Prune so I can see thro my 6 ft tall tomato brushes.

6/10/2015 9:43:15 PM

Interesting idea, will have to keep it in mind. My trellis is made from salvaged materials as well. I used some old ceiling fan display frames for the posts and attached some old lattice I scrounged somewhere along with a piece of welded wire I had leftover from another project. By the way since my garden sits on a slope it is partially surrounded by salvaged cross ties to help keep it from washing away and the posts are attached to them for stability.

6/10/2015 9:32:37 PM

I would like a visual as I am not familiar with garage door parts. Thanks.

6/10/2015 4:50:30 PM

Are there any pictures of this trellis? That would be rather helpful.

6/10/2015 9:20:53 AM

Where are the pictures of this trellis?

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