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DIY Trellis – DIY Garden Trellis

Learn how easy it is to build a cheap and easy DIY Trellis for your fruit, vegetable, or flower garden. Simple cattle panels create strong and long-lasting garden trellis archway that you can use year after year.

A DIY trellis covered in green bean vines

I have no real idea what to call these things.  They’re a garden trellis, but really they’re a double-sided trellis. And “cow panel fence thing” doesn’t sound all that sexy. So we’re going to call this a garden fort. Because I have boys and forts are always a hit.

My garden space is not large, but it is quite spread out. I have maxed out the entire area, and can’t expand any further.  So instead of going out, I have to go up.  Cucumbers, green beans, and peas all have to grow up and over something, and I’ll be honest in that I have gone through so many variations of netting, twine, supports, and wooden trellises.  

The netting gets tangled, the twine lasts maybe one season if I am lucky, and the wooden trellises have been known to rot, and the part that goes in the dirt always seems to snap off.

First world problems for sure.  But annoying nonetheless.

After thinking about a long-lasting solution, I asked Troy to make it for me. I am the dreamer and he is the doer. All the players are familiar with their roles. It’s a smooth process at this point. Remember the Raspberry Supports he and our oldest son built?

How to Build a DIY Trellis

  1. First, measure how tall you want the garden trellis to be.
  2. Using bolt cutters, Troy and Jack cut off the pieces we didn’t need (and set them aside). Then Troy removed the horizontal wire at the base so that all was left was the vertical pokeys to go into the soil.  Using some odds and ends of wire he had hanging around, he joined the two panels at the top, creating a hinge.
  3. We then lifted them into the garden boxes and made sure the base was sunk deep into the soil.  He took the excess pieces that were cut from the top of each panel (the ones that were set aside) and inserted them in the middle of the “V”. We then attached them to each side of the panel with wire.  This creates more of a secure middle and a stronger garden trellis overall.DIY garden trellis in a planting box

DIY vegetable trellis

Why Build Cattle Panel Vegetable Trellises

  1. Altogether, I think it maybe took about an hour to build a DIY garden trellis, including going to the store to get the fencing. Each panel was around $12.50, so we paid about $54 total.  Now there are loads of “how to’s” out there on using sticks and twine and odds and ends to create a garden trellis for free, but frankly, I didn’t want to mess with this crap every year, store a bunch of busted ass sticks, and re-twine them each spring.
  2. Storage is also an issue for me and I needed something that would fold flat against our small garden shed. Plus these things have longevity working for them. The galvanized metal is crazy strong and will be around when my grandkids come over to pick cucumbers.

cucumbers with a garden trellis in a planting box

Both garden trellises take up much of two large planting boxes (that Troy built in 2012. See how that works? Good times.), and are home to pickling cucumbers (try them in Nana’s Cucumber and Onion Salad) and green beans (for my favorite Whole30 + Paleo Green Beans). Earlier in the growing year, we grow snap and shelling peas on the garden trellises.

woman standing in a planter box with a garden trellis covered in green beans

 green beans in buckets on steps

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Have you tried building a DIY trellis before? Any successes? Failures?

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4 comments on “DIY Trellis – DIY Garden Trellis”

  1. I love the simplicity of this. I only need mine to last for three summers, well, possible two or four, so I just rigged up something wonky from crap laying around this year. If the garden goes well and I actually use up/store all that we harvest, then I will consider investing in something more permanent. Then again, we could totally move these with us if we wanted to.

  2. Very simple yet very effective! Thanks for sharing:)

  3. Love the simple and cheap solution! I hope for a good crop for you this year!

  4. You’re right, the wooden ones do rot. (Raises hand from experience…) This is a much more affordable, sturdy alternative.