How to Make a Cucumber Trellis for a Self Watering Container

Posted on Aug 10 2009 - 2:30am by Mike Lieberman

It’s been a few weeks since I planted my cucumber plant.

It was starting to grow outside of the container, which is a good thing (at least it ain’t dying). So I built a cucumber trellis for it using mostly recycled materials.

    Tools and materials:

  • Old poles put out by someone for garbage. You can use anything that is sturdy enough and stands upright such as tree branches, old crutches or broom sticks.
  • Strong tape to tape the poles to the container.
  • String to tie around the poles and make the trellis.
  • Scissors
    Steps to build:

  • Cut the poles to your desired length. I cut mine at about 4 feet each. Since I planted slicing cucumbers, this length should suffice. If not, I’ll have to add extensions.
  • Tape the poles to the container individually, then wrap tape around all of them. I taped mine about 4 inches from the top of the container.
  • Tie the string about 6 inches from the top of the container to leave room to water through the pipe.
  • Wrap the string around each pole with about 3-4 inches between each level of string until the top of the poles are reached.
  • Place the cucumber plant inside of your newly build trellis.


  • http://www.meghantelpnerblog.com/ Making Love In The Kitchen)

    I love all your mcgyvered gardening mechanisms. They are so inventive!

  • Mike Lieberman

    LOL. Thanks. Like the McGyver reference. No need to spend the money and buy all that fancy stuff, I can make anything with some chewed gum, toothpicks and a set of pliers.

  • http://www.meghantelpnerblog.com/ Making Love In The Kitchen)

    I love all your mcgyvered gardening mechanisms. They are so inventive!

  • Mike Lieberman

    LOL. Thanks. Like the McGyver reference. No need to spend the money and buy all that fancy stuff, I can make anything with some chewed gum, toothpicks and a set of pliers.

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  • http://www.squidoo.com/diy-self-watering-planters The-Java-Gal

    I am going to use this idea for my squash. This is my second year for container gardening, and I am expanding from tomatoes and peppers to squash and cucumbers.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Sweet. It gets to be addictive.

  • Tara Zirker

    Ohhhh, I love this! I’ve been thinking about doing some container gardening lately. I live in Hawaii, I have the weather for it, just need to get started!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Then get started!

  • Ruse022

    You would have healthier plants if you would not leave so much room from the level of the dirt & plant & the top of the containers. Just a tip from an old green thumb

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Appreciate the tip.