How To Build An Arched Vegetable Trellis

This sturdy structure will support many of your harvest favorites.

April 15, 2016
arched trellis
PHOTOGRAPH BY PATRICK MONTERO

This low, flat-topped arch is the right height for trellising peas or cucumbers and like The Most Reliable Tomato Cages, it is made from a cattle panel. One 16 foot panel makes two 3 foot tall trellises. If you are interested in a different look or want to take on another type of building material, try this Simple Bamboo Trellis.

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1. With a bolt cutter, cut a section of cattle panel approximately 8 feet long.

2. Measure and mark two lines—one on each side of the center point and then 6 inches from it.

3. Using a plank—like you would when growing tomatoes using the tomato cages—bend the panel along each line. The bends can be slightly wider than a 90 degree angle, resulting in an arch that is a few inches wider at the base than at the top.

4. Cut the horizontal wire from both bottom edges—leaving wire stubs that can be used to anchor the trellis to the ground.

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