Making a Super Sturdy, Easy, Inexpensive Trellis to Maximize Garden Space & Planting Cucumbers


hi everyone well I want to plant some
veggies in this space today but as you can see it’s a really small space so I
want to maximize the space and grow vertically so today we’re gonna install
a super sturdy trellis that’s gonna be about six feet high it’s really easy to
install very inexpensive I’m gonna plant some
cucumbers right here but it’s also sturdy enough to plant some compact
water watermelon butternut squash or any other heavier vegetables that you might
want to plant now I’ve already prepped the area for planting just install the
drip irrigation all we have to do now is put in the trellis and plant some
veggies for a trellis today we’re using a piece of a cattle panel the piece
we’re using here is six feet by four feet now cattle panels typically come in
a length that’s 16 feet long four feet across
they’re so sturdy this is a 4 gauge wire so it’s going to be definitely sturdy
enough to hold up heavier vegetables for future plantings in this space now we
cut this already to size for a project we did last summer and we just cut it
with a hacksaw and a lot of you asked me where you can get cattle panels this one
we happen to find at a Lowe’s near us you definitely want to check online
before you drive to a Lowe’s not all of them have them a lot of tractor supplies
carry them as well so if you have one of those stores near you you might be in
good luck I’m just going to eyeball where I’m going to pound the posts in
and Mark my spot with a little wood chip move this out of the way so I get these
post pounded in so to support our cattle panel we want to use a nice heavy stake
so we have this laying around the yard here and I’m just going to put it here
where my mark is and pound it in about about six inches deep so that’s nice and
sturdy and holds up our cattle okay we’ve got the posts all pounded
into place I’ll just set the cattle panel down here in the garden bed and
then wire them to the posts attach the cattle panel to the post with some wire
here pretty basic pretty simple just to wrap it around give it a couple twists and snip it off trellis is in let’s get
some plants in so I’m planting both some cucumber seedlings and some cucumber
seeds I’d like to plant cucumbers at different
stages so that I have harvest all season long so I’ve got some little seedlings
here these are Boston pickling cucumbers a really nice fresh tasty cucumber and
then we’re also gonna plant some market more seeds so I’ve dug my little hole
here and I’m also going to throw in some vermis Terra worm castings into the
planting hole get these babies off to a great start yeah it’s gonna be so much
fun to have fresh tasty cucumbers and cucumbers around those vegetables that
you can really plan – all season long definitely not too late to get some
started because they grow so fast or these are gonna be we’ll be harvesting
these probably in about a month or so so I’ve got one seedling at the end we’ll
do one seedling in the middle when seedling at the other end and then we’re
gonna plant some seeds in between now the soilless garden bed is nice and
loose it’s gonna drain really well cucumbers like a lot of organic matter
so we’ve added some compost into this entire garden bed some of the good dirt
soil conditioner the soil looks absolutely beautiful and then a handful
of worm castings into each planting hole so it’ll really help these cucumbers get
out to a great start and grow really nicely here and this garden bed here it
does get a little bit of afternoon shade which cucumbers really really like the
summers here gets so hot and sometimes those hundred-degree afternoons are just
a little bit too much for them so we’ve got our seedlings in it’s gonna be so
fun to see these cucumbers grow up over this trellis so let’s get our seeds into
now cucumbers are a warm weather vegetable and they do really well direct
seeded in the garden when your temperatures are above 60 degrees so I’m
planning today the market more cucumbers from the spring garden seed collection
and I’m gonna drop them about every 6 inches here right along the garden bed
they can be planted closely together and they’re gonna do just fine just drop
them in the soil here about every 6 inches and the holes in the cattle panel
are 6 inches wide so it’s just perfect you can see with the seedlings here
there’s two in each hole that’s just fine cucumbers do fine plan a close
together can really pack a lot in here and maximize our space by planting them
closely and also by growing vertically so I’m just going to sprinkle a little
handful of soil here over the seeds and as long as the weather stays warm the
seed should sprout in about 5 to 7 days it’s always so much fun to see those
little seedlings poke through the soil really like to plant cucumbers whether
it’s seeds or seedlings about once a month throughout the growing season that
way I have harvest all season long so let’s go ahead and water these seedlings
in I’m gonna water with the vermis tear worm tea gives the good beneficial
bacteria and microbes to the plants and also with a good herb plant food
which is high in nitrogen so it really provides the nice leafy growth for the
plants to get off to a good start and I’m gonna plant something else here in
the front of the garden bed I’m not sure yet I’m thinking some lower plants like
maybe some herbs maybe some greens and then I always like to edge the front of
the garden bed here with some flowers so it’s gonna look really pretty it’s going
to add a lot of nice structure and texture here in this garden bed and to
the hill well this was very easy to install super sturdy to remember
vertical is always a great option to maximize the amount of vegetables you
grow in a small space comment below let me know if you’re gonna build a super
sturdy trellis like this one or what your favorite type of trellis is to use
in your garden and head to my website pick up some seeds if you want to grow
yourself some cucumbers as well it’s gonna be so much fun to see this trellis
filling thanks so much for watching we’ll see on the next video

56 thoughts on “Making a Super Sturdy, Easy, Inexpensive Trellis to Maximize Garden Space & Planting Cucumbers

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  2. Hi Calikim. I'll have to see if I can source out some wire mesh where I'm at because I want to grow a whole heap of stuff on trellises come my spring. Thank you for sharing. I always learn something new from you. Blessings

  3. I'm using old wire fencing. Got yo use what you got lol. Poor man's style 😁
    Planted some radishes a few days ago and they're braking through already. Little guys are fast.

  4. i have a cucumber wall now. i planted around easter and they have grown so fast. but i only have male flowers:( is that normal?

  5. I didn't know you could go that close, I have mine at 18" apart, I think I'll put some more since I'm growing vertically

  6. Hi Kim! I’m jealous see you gardening. I can’t enjoy my garden right now, I have severe skin allergy for staying in my garden . Anyway, I love the cattle panel for trellis. I installed 4 of them in my garden last fall. Thank you and love watching your videos.

  7. i AM NOT SURE THIS YEAR AS I DECK GARDEN AND I WANT MY CUKES TO GO VERTICAL THIS YEAR, I AM NOT SURE WHAT TO DO, HUM

  8. Old wire fencing that we looted from the dumpster corner at the community garden! People have been throwing away their cattle panels but I think it is the BEST. We are hoarding them in our lot for future projects and expansions. For tomato cages and vine plants!

  9. Looks great! I can’t wait to see the results. Didn’t even think about staging the planting, so I’ll be planting some seeds this week.

  10. I have peas growing on a cattle panel. It’s so much easier for harvesting than the teepee style I had in my raised bed last season. I have another cattle panel set up for melons…. but not sure if the brown spots on leaves is a sign of disease or just due to cool weather. 🧐

    I will do the same, Kim, and sow cuke seeds every month! Thx for that crucial tip. From you, I’ve learned to keep sowing throughout the season for continuous harvest!!!

  11. I'm one of the few that doesn't like cucumbers but love pickles. Your trellis is wonderful and inspires me! God bless!

  12. I planted cucumbers yesterday. I didn't build a raised bed out of wood; but, I did purchase a couple of bag beds. They were on sale and I purchased both of them for less than one of the Smart Pots of the same size. I had to use what I could get locally and our weather is warming up; so, I hope they do okay. It's been years since I've grown cucumbers. I don't think that kind of trellis will work in the mini bed; but, we should be able to find something that can work. I will keep checking the Habitat Store.

    I also planted a tomato plant, which is going to need staking. The tomato cages at the store are so small. I have a bamboo pole that might work; but, I'm not sure how long it is. Maybe 6 feet. The tomato plant that I purchased is a variety that I have grown before. But, in the past, I had a community garden plot and didn't stake the tomato plants since my plot was so big. I let them sprawl and every where the stem touched the ground, the tomato plant would take root. I got a lot of tomatoes this way. I can't really let it sprawl in a fabric pot.

  13. Hey, I have a problem why my plant's, I see little green bugs with white looking egg's on my teal leaf and my avocado. Please help me!

  14. I just did my cucumbers too, I used bamboo and twine for my trellis. 😍 it worked out awsome. Thank you for sharing 🙏

  15. Hi Mrs. CalliKim! I know this comment is not relative to your video but I have been watching gardening videos for a while and your chanel provides some of the best videos i have watched on gardening 🙂 I would love for you to try planting potatoes on your garden since they produce a hefty amount per plant. supporting you always xoxo 🙂

  16. LOVE these DIY garden projects, that you share..thank you again Kim. have a wonderful day .
    I have a huge forest in my backyard..lol so I use saplings.

  17. My husband built a sturdy trellis for cucumbers. We have a small garden space and love the vertical gardening. We also are doing scarlet runner beans which will be growing up on poles and bringing in pollinators! We have tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, beets, turnips, carrots. So our garden is filled up with enough space provided for growth. We are happy to have a garden and enjoy your videos!

  18. Great video. We got our hog panel (smaller in width but still 16' long) at a tractor and feed store. We had a hard time finding any at the local big box stores.

    thanks for sharing Kim!

  19. Kim, thank you for this video!
    I stopped at Tractor!Supply, but the panels are so long we couldn't fit it in our vehicle. And was not bendable. How did you get it home?

  20. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 What a simple but great idea! I've made my cucumber trellis similar to this but it's built out of bamboo canes cable tied together 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
    Best wishes
    Steve

  21. Just planted my cucumber seedlings in my strawberry planter and got some more seeds planted. I love all of your trellises…I really need to either build some bigger ones or modify the little ones I have training my little seedlings. (I have some honeydew melons doing awesome on their little trellis….talk about easy training, they're growing right up it and it looks so pretty!)

  22. Oh cucumbers can be planted close together? I have a lot of seedling coming up in my seed trays to transplant! CG even added some bongo drums planting music! Looks like we have a busy garden Sunday!

  23. Enjoyed this video. I need to build a trellis for my cucumbers. Thanks., see you soon. Bertha in TEXAS

  24. I can only put 1 or 2 cucumbers per cattle panel here. They go crazy. Maybe it's the humidity. Maybe it's the soil. Idk, but if I planted that many, they'd be full of mold in a month.

  25. Hi. I use cattle panel to grow my veggies. I have one 4×8 square foot garden, and maximized my space by adding four panels for beans, cucs, peas, melons, sweet potato, zucchini, and squash. The panels leave plenty of room for my greens, herbs, peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant. Happy growing!🥬🥒🌶🥦🍆🍅🍈🍉

  26. Great video Kim! I'm just about to plant some cucumbers in my raised bed on legs. But instead of having a trellis go UP…which would make it hard to harvest the cucs…I'm going to let them grow down around the whole raised bed. Not sure how that will work but I'll let you know!

  27. So far here in Michigan tractor supply tsc was the cheapest for panels 16 dollars instead of 25 everywhere else

  28. Nice idea with the cattle panels! 👏
    For posts though… I use T-posts for my grape vine (super strong spring-steel and also inexpensive)

  29. Love how your garden is always pretty, practical, and functional. If I ever become a good gardener I'll need to pick up one of those panels, I'm getting better thanks to you! Harvested a bunch of lettuce this morning for my lunch salads and it feels great!

  30. If you put metal like that in direct sun in a very hot climate, will the metal heat up enough to harm the vegetation? We used to stake to our chain-length fence, but the crops tended to burn when the metal heated up on 90+ degree days, and we have about 100 of them per year, and about 10 days of 100-105. We have been using bamboo poles and heavy-duty string to encapsulate our veggies, and it works okay without heating up, but it is a lot of work and re-work.

    As a former radio and tv reporter/announcer, my opinion is that your Q rating is near the perfect score, and it is a major miscarriage of justice that you have not been picked up to do home gardening on either HGTV or PBS. You are more enjoyable to watch then any of the garden shows on TV, and your voice and diction are basically perfect.

  31. Great 👍 I dia you helped me with my tomatoes 🍅 you have to continue these amazing 😉 videos I love ya I

  32. I love how you make your own trellis’s!
    Way cool. Im definitely going to be making my own in the future. Thanks!

  33. Love the look of that cattle panel! Do you think that might work to get the longer branches of our raspberry bushes up vertically? They’re planted in front of a fence, so I’m wondering if the cattle panel would go right up to the fence or if I’d need to leave some room between the two. Thank you!

  34. Love this video: easy to see what you are doing, hear what you are saying, and full of good information and gardening inspiration. Thanks for what you do!

  35. Hello! Nice video. I have been using cattle panels for a trellis for several years now. I can trellis my tomatoes and several other vegetables. I have a question regarding the wire you laid alone the garden bed. Is that copper wire?

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