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The Best Long-Lasting DIY Garden Trellis

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

cattle panel garden trellis in raised bed gardens |

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.

This week, realizing that my cucumbers were starting to get ready to climb (and there was nothing for them to climb), and my green beans hadn’t even been planted yet, I did what I always do in such instances. I looked online, figured out what I wanted to do, and then asked Troy to make it for me. All the players are familiar with their roles. It’s a smooth process at this point.

How to Build a DIY Garden 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 cattle panel garden trellis |

Why Build Cattle Panel Garden 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 forts/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 and green beans (for my favorite Asian Green Beans).  The “slicing” cucumbers live on a fence in the front yard. Next spring they will hold peas that I just couldn’t get my act together in time this year to plant.  Scratch that.  I couldn’t plant them because I didn’t have my trellises installed.

Yep, let’s go with that.

woman standing in a planter box with green beans |

 green beans in buckets on steps |

Have you tried DIY garden trellises before? Any successes? Failures?


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

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4 comments on “The Best Long-Lasting DIY Garden Trellis”

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

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

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

  4. 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.