How to Build Garden Trellises


Garden trellises can be created with simple and affordable items like branches found outside on the ground or old wooden gates. Using items found in nature or in your basement or garage is an ideal way to recycle what was once trash or outdoor debris into something useful and attractive. Gardens provide many hours of enjoyment and can produce delicious vegetables to use in your favorite recipes. Training your veggies to grow up your trellis will free up space in your garden, which is an ideal gardening method used in small outdoor spaces.

Step 1

Choose the plant crops you'll grow on your garden trellis. If you're planning to grow heavy crops, like tomatoes and cucumber vines, make sure you have enough support to hold the copious amount of fruits they produce.

Step 2

Remove all debris, weeds and sod from the trellis location. Pull out any vines or old branches that could potentially hinder the production of the crops. Rake down the surface to create smooth, level garden space.

Step 3

Select your garden trellis material. Find wood posts and tree branches around your backyard, perfect for growing garden crops. Alternatively, you could purchase treated pine boards at your local hardware store to use to create the trellis. Wet the branches so they bend easily. If using pine, do not wet the boards. Sand any rough areas or sharp edges on the wood that could cause cuts and scratches.

Step 4

Fasten the branches or pine board to the hedges posts, which forms the main frame of the trellis, using a hammer and large nails; you will use two total hedge posts, one on each side. Crisscross the branches over each other and hammer in two to three nails into the middle of each cross section; this will ensure a sturdy and straight trellis. Repeat the steps until you have a square-shaped trellis. Be sure to leave at least a quarter of the length of the hedge post free of trellis for implementing it into the garden.

Step 5

Dig a large enough hole so at least one quarter of each hedge post snugly fits into the hole. Insert the hedge post into each individual hole and fill up with soil and compost. Press firmly into the soil to pack the soil down and secure the post into the ground.

Step 6

Plant the vegetable crops at the foot of trellis and into the compost-loaded soil. Water the plants until they have become properly established.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Branches
  • Hedge Posts
  • Treated pine boards (optional)
  • Sandpaper
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Crops


  • Green Thumb Articles
Keywords: garden trellis, building a trellis, trellis

About this Author

Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.