Savvy gardeners maximize their gardening space by growing some varieties of vegetables vertically. You can build a cucumber trellis for them to climb on. Cucumbers grown vertically mature faster and produce nearly blemish-free fruit because they're not on the ground while ripening. Growing vining crops on a trellis is a smart move for urban gardeners short on space or anyone who wants to create more growing space in a garden.
Dig two holes 6 to 8 feet apart with a post hole digger along the row in which you will grow your cucumbers. Make the holes about 18 inches deep.
Insert a 2-by-2 post into each hole. Backfill with the soil that you removed when digging the hole. Firm the soil in the hole as you backfill it, using a short length of 2-by-2 lumber.
Lay a 6- or 8-foot long piece of 2-by-2 lumber on top of the posts (depending on their distance apart). Lay a level on top. Use a hammer to pound in one or the other post until the bubble in the gauge of the level is centered.
Use a drill to pre-drill holes for screws to connect the top bar to the posts.
Insert screws into the pre-drilled holes, attaching the top bar to the posts.
Attach the netting to the frame using a stapler or with extra long twist ties. Begin by securing the netting to the top of the frame and then to the sides. It should end about 2 to 3 inches above the ground. Trim away any extra.
Plant cucumbers 4 to 6 inches apart along the trellis. Encourage the vines to begin climbing up the netting. They will soon twine around it themselves.