So Sunday my parents came to visit and I mentioned that I have wanted to build a cucumber trellis for the last 3 months. Why a cucumber trellis?
- Keeps cucumbers from eating the nearby jalapeno and eggplant
- Raises cucumbers up for easier picking
- Keeps cucumber off ground - less easy for resident mice to eat
- Reduces chances of cucumbers rotting on the ground
- Saves room for other plants
Here's what my Dad came up with from scraps of lumber and materials we had around the house (in an hour!!):
He used the following to make the cucumber trellis:
- 3 pieces of 2x2x8 feet long lumber
- 3 pieces of 2x4x4 feet long lumber
- 2 8- foot lengths of "hardware cloth"
- Screws and staples
- Tools: Screwdriver, hammer and wire cutter
Apparently, you can also make a "tent" that cucumbers can crawl up on both sides by hooking 2 of these things together at the top with a bolt at either side. (This works for when you have no convenient fence to lean your trellis on.) Then you can interplant lettuce underneath the tent, where they will benefit from the shade. Maybe next year...