Did you know that unlocking the full potential of your raised bed garden can be as simple as adding a trellis? Using vertical support structures not only creates a beautiful and organized space, but also maximizes your growing area, improves plant health, and makes harvesting a breeze. Who doesn’t want more of that when growing a garden? From classic tomato cages to elegant archways, trellises offer a variety of options to elevate your raised bed experience.

Why Use Trellises in Raised Beds?

Using various types of trellises in your raised bed garden have multiple benefits. Although I have 5 raised beds, and that may seem like a lot of space for various vegetables, using multiple trellises allows me to plant even more. Trellises allow your garden to grow up, instead of being sprawled out on the ground. Also by growing your veggies vertically, it can potentially lead to higher amounts for vining vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans. The more the merrier!

If you’ve never used raised beds for gardening, you can learn how it’s down in my post Simple Tips for Starting a Raised Bed Garden.

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Trellis Benefits & Tips

  • Better Air Circulation: Trellises promote good air circulation around plants, which helps to prevent fungal diseases that thrive in damp conditions.
  • More Sunlight Exposure: When you grow plants vertically on a trellis, more leaves have access to direct sunlight, which leads to healthier plants.
  • Reduced Pest Issues: When you keep your veggies and fruit off the ground, it reduces their exposure to pests like slugs and snails.
  • Vegetable Velcro Tape & Clips: These both work great when you need to support plants onto your trellises.

Picking the Perfect Trellis for Your Needs

When choosing one or more trellises for your garden, you have to consider all that you are planting. Once you know how many climbing and shade vegetables you will be growing, then you can decide what will work best for you. I’m sharing what has worked for me in the past and what new forms I will be using this growing season.

A picture of a raised bed garden. There are various trellises.

“There is nothing that is comparable to it, as satisfactory or as thrilling as gathering vegetables one has grown.” —Alice B. Toklas

The Teepee Trellis

A teepee trellis works great for beans, peas, cucumbers and other vining veggies. This type of trellis will allow your plants to grow upwards and outwards. They also make harvesting your plants easy. Additionally, teepee trellises are relatively inexpensive and easy to build yourself, making them easy to customize for any raised bed garden. What’s better than budget-friendly?

If you are looking to keep your costs way down, there are plenty of tutorials online on how to build your own teepee.

A raised garden bed with a pyramid trellis made of bamboo stalks with bean plants.

The Tomato Cage

I’ve been a fan of tomato cages for years. Having used other methods, I believe the cages are essential when it comes to supporting your tomatoes. A Cage provides the needed support for the weight of your tomatoes. It also prevents them from sprawling around on the ground or breaking under their own weight. This method will not only keep your fruit clean and blemish-free, but also improves air circulation around the plant, reducing the risk of disease.

In the past, when I have only had a few tomato plants, I’ve used a pole with some vegetable velcro, to secure the plant. The velcro allows you to adjust around the tomatoes, as they grow. If you don’t have the ability to purchase tomato cages this method will work great, too!

“God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.” –Francis Bacon

A tomato plant with green leaves growing in a tomato cage in a raised bed garden.

A-Frame Garden Trellis

A-frames are a perfect space saver for a small raised bed. They are ideal for light-weight climbing veggies, such as beans, peas. It’s important to note, that the farther they have to climb the more veggies you will grow. A-frame trellises come in various materials, but typically they are made of metal or wood.

Cattle Panel Fencing

This year, we will be using cattle panels in our raised bed garden. I thought it would be extremely difficult to get the 15 ft. cattle fencing in our small truck bed, but it was actually easy!

We positioned the cattle fence between two raised beds, creating an arch. We planted pole beans on either side. When the beans cover the trellis, we can easily walk underneath to harvest them.

Cattle fencing can be both beautiful and functional. They’re ideal for climbing veggies, such as, pole beans, squash, cucumbers and gourds. If you add the arch within the walls of your raised bed, it will allow you to plant shade vegetables, such as radishes, carrots, and scallions underneath. Big Al loves Swiss chard so under a cattle panel arch is the perfect place to plant it!

The Ultimate Guide: Trellises for Raised Bed Gardens

Well friends, there you have my trellis favorites. I’m no expert, these are just options, over the years, that have worked for me!

Overall, trellises are a versatile and valuable tool for any gardener looking to enlarge space, improve plant health, and create a more organized and visually appealing garden.

So, grab your gardening gloves and get ready to maximize your garden space!

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  1. Great ideas for raised bed gardens. The trellises are cool. So many options for different space and needs. Teepee will work in space. Love the links.

  2. Wonderful ideas, Kim. Even if you are not growing veggies, trellis are perfect for cut flower beds too. Those climbing flowers would look beautiful over a trellis. Love your post!

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