Vegetable gardeners with any experience soon learn the best way to grow straight, beautiful, tasty cucumbers is to train them up a trellis where the fruit can hang off the ground. Not only is the fruit healthier and better tasting, the trellis saves space in the garden so you can grow something else, like lettuce, in the shade of the cucumber during the warmer months of summer.
There are gardening websites where you can buy a stainless steel, folding cucmber trellis for $25.00 or more plus shipping. But why buy when you can make two perfectly suitable trellises in 15 minutes for about $15.00? It is very easy and the only tool required is a heavy-duty wire cutter.
You will need to purchase one 42" x 84" sheet of wire remesh, and four, 3/8" x 3-foot long pieces of rebar. You can find these items in the Construction Materials department of any Home Depot in the East Bay. At the San Ramon store the remesh costs $7.98 and the rebar $1.55 a piece, for a grand total of $15.60 including the sales tax.
Use the heavy-duty wire cutters to cut the sheet into two pieces 42" long and 42" wide (you can make it narrower if your garden bed is narrower). Use plastic wire tie wraps to attach one rebar piece on opposite corners of one end of the mesh. The trellis is now complete and ready to install! What can be more easy than that? Only harvesting sweet, crunchy cucmbers handing from the trellis!