For years we made a cucumber trellis teepee-ish thing with a rope trellis for our cucumbers to climb up. We made it out of bamboo poles with twine winding horizontally around the poles. It really did the job just fine.
But this year, we found ourselves in a bit of a predicament. We’ve had such a cool spring that our lettuces, kale, and spinach are still growing in the spot I needed to plant my cucumbers in. What’s a gardener to do!?? Enter my brainstorm.
I figured I could build this cucumber trellis so that I could plant them at each end of the bed, leaving the lettuces and kales to continue their growing in the middle. AND…if all goes well and the planets align, my ingenious idea might provide these tender plants a little respite from our Southeastern North Carolina sun! (if you’ve seen hundreds of these trellises all over Pinterest, don’t tell me. I want to continue to believe that I’m the only one who ever thought of this…for a wee bit anyway. Thanks)
Not only do I hope my creation functions well as a DIY cucumber trellis and as a heat shield for my lettuce, but I really like the way it looks. It’s that whole Functional Aesthetics thing.
It feels so good to get out and work in the dirt! See those corn looking things in the background of the photo? Those are our garlic. We are anxiously awaiting the garlic scapes which should sprout out in about a month. Not familiar with garlic scapes? Oh my…you don’t know what you’re missing. I promise I’ll be back with some great garlic scape recipes soon.
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