Boston Pickling Cucumber Trellis
This summer, I decided to grow some cucumbers in my garden. I’ve grown them before, but I had to deal with the frustrating problem of finding the cukes underneath a tangle of vines. So this year, I came up with a solution: a trellis! When you train your cucumber plants to grow on a trellis or other structure and off the ground, they’re easier to harvest later on in the season. Plus, there’s nothing quite like grabbing a fresh, crisp cucumber straight from the plant for lunch—no bending over required!
Select a location for your cucumbers and trellis that receives full sun.
- Select a location for your cucumbers and trellis that receives full sun.
- Plant cucumbers in full sun.
Full sun refers to locations that receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day, but more is better. This will ensure strong growth and fruit production throughout the summer months.
If you’re planting your cucumbers in a location with filtered or indirect sunlight (e.g., under tall trees), make sure they still get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day so they can grow properly!
Build a trellis using 2x2s, twine, and nails.
To build the trellis, you’ll need to cut two 2x2s into 4-foot pieces, and then cut five 8-inch pieces from one of them (we used a hand saw). Then, nail one end of each 8-inch piece into one end of both long pieces as shown in this photo:
Next, take another small 2×2 and place it crosswise between two upright posts as shown here:
Finally, tie twine around all four corners of this crossbar and then wrap it tightly around each of your posts so that it sits flat against them. You could use zip ties instead if you want something sturdier.
Set the posts in the ground and attach crossbars using the twine.
- Use a hammer and nails to attach the crossbars to the posts. If you don’t have access to a hammer, you can use your hands or a mallet instead—just be sure not to break the twine.
- Use twine to attach the crossbars horizontally across each post, making sure that they are at least 2-3 feet apart from each other (or more if necessary).
Make the holes bigger if needed.
If you want to place more cucumbers, it’s a good idea to make the holes bigger. To make the holes bigger, use nail clippers or tin snips (hand tools) and cut through all four layers of the mesh fabric.
To make the holes smaller, use nail clippers or tin snips (hand tools) and cut through two layers of mesh fabric only.
To make your trellis fit exactly as you want: first decide how many rows of trellises you need; then measure and mark off that length on either side of your main support structure (e.g., an arbor or freestanding post). Then determine where along that line each individual cucumber vine should go so as not to overlap with its neighbor’s vines but still get good sunlight exposure throughout its growth cycle; finally, use nail clippers or tin snips (hand tools) to cut out each hole in those appropriate spots on both sides of your main support structure
Make sure there is airflow between the cucumber tendrils so they can continue growing and produce fruit.
It is important that you make sure there is airflow between the cucumber tendrils so they can continue growing and producing fruit. If your soil is too moist, or if you have too many plants in one area, it can get hot. Cucumbers are not heat-tolerant plants and this excess heat will prevent them from producing fruit.
Make sure that your cucumbers have plenty of room to grow by spacing them at least 6 inches apart on a trellis system (or 3 feet apart in rows). Since they need a lot of water while they’re growing tall, water deeply but infrequently — once per week should be enough if you have consistent rain or irrigation.
Continue to water every day.
Watering is important. Watering is necessary to keep the cucumbers hydrated, which will help them grow, and they’ll produce more fruit.
Trellising your cucumbers will keep them off the ground and make them easier to harvest later on in the season!
The Boston Pickling Cucumber Trellis is a great way to keep your cucumbers off the ground and make them easier to harvest later on in the season! They’re also great at keeping your cucumbers out of the dirt, away from pests and diseases, and making sure they don’t fall over or get tangled up.
When you’re ready to harvest your cucumbers, make sure you pick them regularly so the plant continues producing more. If left on the vine too long, they will become bitter and inedible. So there you have it! Now that we’ve walked through how easy it is to build a simple trellis for your Boston Pickling Cucumber plants, what are you waiting for? It should only take a few hours (or less!) to construct one of these!