How to Build a Trellis for Cucumbers & Peas in a Garden


Trellis your cucumber and pea plants to encourage their vines to grow upwards instead of expanding on the ground. This prevents them from taking up unnecessary space that you can use to grow other plants. A trellis also protects vegetables from rodents and fungal diseases by lifting vines off the moist ground. According to the North Carolina State University horticulturalists, trellising prevents the ground spot where plants rest from turning yellow due to their weight, keeping plants in better shape for longer. Build a trellis to support your homegrown cucumber and peas, so you harvest a rich, healthy crop.

Step 1

Measure and mark a 15-foot long spot for your trellis in your backyard or vegetable garden with string.

Step 2

Dig a 1-foot deep hole at each corner of this demarcated line with a shovel. Also dig a same-size hole exactly in the center. These holes mark places the ends and corner posts. Collect the dirt in a wheelbarrow.

Step 3

Lay a 7-foot long 3-by-4 vertically on the ground. Place another identical post 7-feet apart, and a third identical post another 7-feet apart so they are parallel to each other. Lay the 15-foot long 2-by-4 horizontally over the tops of all three posts.

Step 4

Drill three wood screws to attach the horizontal beam it to the top of each vertical post. Ask two people to help you carry this structure to the selected site.

Step 5

Stand each post into a hole you dug. Backfill dirt from the wheelbarrow into the hole to secure each post in place, so your 6-foot high trellis is stable.

Step 6

Attach nylon garden netting over the three posts. To do this, unwrap the netting starting at the base of one end post. Staple it to the post with a staple gun. Extend it to the middle post and wrap it around all four sides before stretching it to the end post. Staple it in place. This netting covers the lower part of your posts.

Step 7

Attach a second layer of netting directly above the previous one, allowing for ½-inch to overlap the top edge of the previous one. Staple it to the posts for security. Continue adding layers of netting above each lower layer until all 6-feet of your trellis are covered. Also secure the edges of netting with one another with zip ties at every 3 to 4 feet.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • String
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • 3 7-foot-long 3-by-4s
  • 15-foot-long 2-by-4
  • Earplugs
  • Drilling machine
  • Wood screws
  • Nylon garden netting
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Zip ties


  • Washington State University: A Simple Trellis for Cucurbits
  • The Walden Effect: How to Make a Pea Trellis
  • NC State University: Trellised Cucumbers
Keywords: cucumber trellis, pea trellis, cucumbers and peas

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