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DIY Garden Arch: How to Build a Cattle Panel Trellis

How to install the cattle panel trellis

Let’s get the trellis installed. Mark the spot  where your trellis will start on one side. Instead of driving the U-post in that exact spot, go about 4″ down the length of the tunnel and drive your first post into the ground. This will be your post 1, like the diagram above. By placing the posts offset from the exact corner, this will strengthen the structure. NOTE: drive the posts so that approximately 1 foot is below ground. You also want the open channel side facing outside the tunnel so you can tuck in your tie-wire later. If this sounds confusing, see the video below that show the posts.

Next, measure from post 1 straight down the length of the tunnel another 40″  and drive post 2.

Now, it’s time to install the posts on the other side of the arch. Measure  6 feet over from Post 1 (as we calculated on our graph paper) and drive Posts 3 and 4 using the same measurements and procedure above.

This next step is easier with a friend/helper. You need to set your cattle panel on the inside of your posts on one side, and then bend it carefully to set on the inside of the other posts. At this point, the pressure will hold the cattle panel in place while you attach it to the posts, but I think it is safer to have a partner there to ensure it doesn’t pop out of place.


As gardeners, we love both the process and the reward. It feels good to get your hands dirty, nurture your thriving plants, and, at the right time, enjoy a bountiful crop. It’s the love for all of it that pushes us to make changes in our garden from year-to-year. We continuously strive to improve and get the most out of it. Whether it’s choosing to try different vegetables types, adding new soil amendments, rotating where things are planted, or deciding, “Maybe, I should try growing my garden up instead of out.”

Perhaps you didn’t think it was possible to grow cucumbers or cantaloupe in your yard. They can, in fact, stretch over a wide space. But, have you considered growing the vines upward along a trellis or other support system as opposed to spreading out across the ground?

Vertical gardening techniques allow you to be more efficient with your space. You can grow more plants and plant varieties you may have not previously thought possible. Or, if you already have a big garden, it can become even bigger.


Who says gardens should always be grown in a horizontal space along the soil? Vertical gardens can be more productive, easier to maintain, and more appealing to the eye. While the overall list of benefits is much taller, a vertical garden:

  1. Maximizes Your Space – By growing upward, vertical gardens increase your growing space, and are especially ideal for small backyards or urban rooftops and small terraces.
  2. Improves Accessibility – When your plants are off the ground, tomatoes and vegetables are easier to reach and harvest. Watering, pruning and applying fertilizer are much more convenient and reduces stress on your back as well.
  3. Grows Healthier Plants – Your plants are healthier when they’re lifted off the soil. Air circulates through the plant better, reducing issues with pests and disease. Plus, if a problem does arise, your plants are much easier to care for.
  4. Produces More – Did you ever think you could grow vines such as cucumbers and your favorite squash? With a vertical garden, you can grow more plants and a larger variety in your current space. You’ll also be able to produce a higher overall crop yield by keeping your fruits and vegetables off the ground. They’ll be cleaner and further away from pests.



So you’re thinking a vertical garden could work for you. Now what?

To grow your garden vertically, your plants will need a little support, and cattle panels are both a simple and affordable solution to keep your plants off the ground. Their heavy gauge and galvanized structure will hold up the heaviest plants and vines. Plus, the openings – measuring from 4 to 8 inches – are large enough to easily reach through to harvest your crops. Cattle panels range between 8' and 16' wide and 50 inches tall, allowing them to cover a large area and be used in a variety of ways in the garden. Here are five ideas to help you grow a vertical garden using cattle panels.


One quick and easy way to use cattle panels is to stand up and support them with steel t-posts. Attach either 8' or 16' panels to the t-posts with cable ties or metal wire. Drive your t-posts just short of the ends and overlap panels to a single t-post when you’re using two or more side-by-side.

Plant your tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and more on one or both sides of the trellis. Make sure to place your trellis on the north or east side of your garden so it doesn’t shade other smaller plants. As your plants grow, gently guide them through the trellis and tie them when needed.

If you have a medium-to-large size garden, this trellis method is mobile and can be moved from year-to-year. Simply, untie the panels and pull up the posts at the end of the gardening season. Build your trellis in a different spot the following spring to rotate your crops and help the soil.



Do you want a more decorative trellis? Incorporate a cedar or redwood frame into your design. Set 4" wood posts a little over 8' apart and connect them with a 2"x2" frame (or another size you prefer). Attach an 8' cattle panel to the backside of the wood frame with either fence staples or screws.

A framed trellis may be used for both a raised garden box or a traditional garden bed. Depending on the garden type, either bolt the posts to the sides of a raised garden box or set them in the soil deep enough to support the weight of your plants. The tops of the posts should be at least 6 feet above soil level to leave 10-12 inches of space between the bottom of the wire and the ground. This will allow a tiller to still be able to rotate the soil under the trellis.

Grow tomatoes, pole beans, cucumbers or any other vertical plant or vine with this trellis. It’s more permanent and should last several years.

Make sure to rotate your crops annually, and mix either compost or other amendments into your soil before each planting. Avoid stepping into your garden box and compacting the soil. If possible, stand on the outside and reach in to pick your vegetables.



A leaning or a-frame trellis provides great support for vines such as cucumbers, beans, peas, squash and melons to grow. It also helps when it’s time to harvest. While the green foliage winds up the trellis, most crops hang visibly below the structure.

Drive two steel t-posts a little less than the width of an 8' cattle panel (add one more directly in the middle for extra support if you’re using a 16' panel). Lean the panel against the t-posts and attach it at the top with either cable ties or metal wire. To form an a-frame trellis and grow on both sides, lean two panels meeting at the top.

As an added bonus, plant lettuce and other leaf crops under the leaning panel or a-frame structure. When temperatures rise in late spring and summer, this will help provide a cooling shade, preventing the leaves from burning in the sun.



Create a trellis where your plants can thrive up and over the top, and you can stand under it to pick your favorite vegetables. Bend a 16' cattle panel lengthwise into an arch shape and secure it on each end with four 3' u-posts. Place the panel ends inside of the u-posts and attach them with cable ties or metal wire if needed.

Whether you build an arch trellis in a traditional garden bed or between two raised garden boxes, you’ll have the advantage of growing your plants on the structure and using the space underneath. Create a walking path, a nice sitting area, or simply, more garden.



Raspberries and blackberries are both sweet, summertime favorites. If you love berries and plan to grow some in your yard, a trellis will help provide support along with better control over the plants size, health and productivity.

A berry trellis with cattle panels is stronger than ones using securing wires such as a t-trellis. The t-trellis structure is a good starting point though when planning to build a berry trellis with cattle panels. Set two 4" posts 30"-36" below the soil and 4-5 feet above. Add two intersecting beams at different heights on each post, and support boards post-to-post. Cut two 3-5 panel rows (18"-30" in width) from an 8' cattle panel with manual bolt cutters. Mount each section of panel along the top of the support boards between posts.

Once done and the bushes are planted in rows, your new berries will grow upright between the wires. Make sure to guide your plants through the panels and prune when needed.


Whether you’re trying to be more productive with your space, wanting a different solution or simply prefer the aesthetics, fencing materials can help in a variety of other ways in your garden as well.

  • Tomato Cages: When growing in a cage, plants are supported by the sides and require less tying. Traditional tomato cages – usually between 30-42 inches tall and rings 12-14 inches in diameter – are sufficient in many cases, but they can be too small and flimsy when you’re trying to contain larger tomato plants such as heirlooms and beefsteaks.

    If you need a stronger alternative, look at two options:

    1. Bend an 8' wire cattle panel in 4 equal parts forming a square. Secure the ends together with either wire or cable ties in 3 to 4 spots. The resulting cage is 24" on each side and it supports taller plants better with its 50" height.
    2. Rolls of Herdsman Hinge Joint Field Fence – 12-1/2 gauge in thickness and 47" tall – offer a good solution for large or community gardens. The fence openings are large enough to easily reach in and pull out your tomatoes, and a single roll is 330 feet in length; enough for approximately 34 36-inch (in diameter) tomato cages.


  • Potato Towers: While potato towers are not a new invention, they’ve become more popular in recent years. Traditionally, they’re built with tall wood boxes or a stack of tires forcing the plants to grow upward over the height of the tower. In theory, there’s a larger root system forming more tubers. However, there’s also less area for leaf growth. The leaves channel energy into the tubers forming potatoes. Less leaves means less energy is being stored, and your potatoes will end up being pretty small in size.

    To create more above ground space for plant growth, build your potato towers with Herdsman Welded Wire Utility Fabric. One 36" tall, 50' roll can make up to five 38-inch (in diameter) round towers; each holding 9 sets of potatoes. The openings on the utility fabric are small enough to contain soil and straw, but large enough for the plants to grow outside of the tower walls. With leaves forming on the sides of the tower – as well as on top – there’s more solar panels to stimulate tuber growth and there’s a natural barrier around the tower to help keep it cool.

    Each set of potatoes will need 12" of soil to maximize its growing potential. With that in mind, build your potato tower using the following seven steps:

    1. Cut a 50' roll of 36" Herdsman Welded Wire Utility Fabric into five 10' sections with wire cutters.
    2. Roll each section into a cylinder and connect the ends by folding the ends of the wire back on itself, catching the other side.
    3. Stand your wire tower upright, stabilize it with tent stakes or weed barrier staples, and begin filling it with soil and straw.
    4. Line the inside of the wire wall with straw (enough to hold the soil) and fill the center with soil doing a few inches at a time. (Make sure to use rich soil, and add compost or other soil amendments before building your potato tower.)
    5. When you reach 6" in height, place three potato sets an equal distance apart and 3-4 inches away from the edge. Point the eyes outward, fill the tower with 6 inches of straw and soil, and water.
    6. Allow your first row to grow 10-14 days (or until the sprout is tall enough to direct out the side of the tower). Gently redirect the plant outward and fill your potato tower with 6 inches of straw and soil. Place three potato sets (similar to the first row), fill the tower with 6 more inches of straw and soil, and water.
    7. Repeat Step 6 for the third row of potato sets. Make sure it’s sturdy and filled to the top. When done, your tower should have three rows of three potato sets; one row each at 6", 18" and 30".


    Remember, dry heat and windy conditions may hinder productivity. Potatoes produce the most tubers when the soil is cool and moist. If the soil gets too hot, your potatoes will stop making tubers. Regularly give them a good drink – not just a shower – and check the soil for moisture. Also consider adding a shade cloth near the southwest corner of each potato tower. The extra shade will help protect your plants from the hottest part of the day and may benefit overall productivity when it comes time to harvest.

  • Garden Enclosure: Do you want to separate your garden from pets or general foot traffic? Enclosing your garden within a wood and hog panel fence is both durable and pleasing to the eye. Simply place wood posts in the ground 8' apart and connect them with wire hog panels and a wood framed border. Add a gate and your garden is safely enclosed.

Hopefully, these tips are helpful and will spur an idea or two for your garden. If you have any questions, talk to the gardening professionals at your local IFA Country Store. Have you incorporated cattle panels or other fencing into your garden? Please post a photo to our Facebook page or on Instagram and Twitter with #IFALiving. We’d love to see it.

Information for this article was provided by Kent Mickelsen, Utah Certified Nurseryman, IFA Country Store; and Dan Jensen, Fencing & Livestock Equipment Category Manager, IFA Country Store.




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Raised Bed Garden Arch Trellis

You’ve seen these on Pinterest. This is not a new idea. In fact, it was post after post of these cattle panel garden arches that kept popping up in my Pinterest feed that made me finally build my own! So, I’m adding our own into the mix. 😉

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We put in a bunch of raised beds this year and I thought it would be fun to add some trellises to some of them for our climbing vegetables. Scroll down to step 4 to see what we planted.

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But first, let’s talk trellis…arch. Arched Trellis? You can probably see now why my title reads like a list of descriptions. Ha!

My favorite part of this type of cattle panel arch is that it costs around $40 for each arch! So, you can get a lot of wow factor in your garden (once it fills up with plants) for just a small investment.


  • 4 – four foot tall, medium duty T posts (may also be called U posts), about $4 each
  • 1 – 16 foot long by 50 inch wide galvanized steel cattle panel, we got a 5 gauge panel, about $25
  • Post pounder
  • Zip Ties
  • Raised beds set about 3 feet apart

Material Notes:

  • I got most of our T posts from Home Depot but they didn’t have quite enough for both of our trellises – we built two – so I went to a local farm store. They called the medium duty T posts, U posts.
  • Our cattle panel was about $25 from Coastal which is chain farm store in the Pacific Northwest. Most farms stores will carry them for about the same price.
  • We borrowed a post pounder. You only need it for less than an hour, and it can run you $25+, so it’s worth asking around to save money.
  • We had a bunch of zip ties on hand, but I think you can get a bunch for around $5 or use some galvanized wire.
  • I’m not sure that our method of arch installation would work as well without the support of the raised beds. If you want to put them straight in the ground with raised beds, there are many other tutorials that will provide better info on how to do that probably with heavier duty T posts. Note: I didn’t include the beds in the total cost of the garden arch.


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Step One: Install T posts.

Measure placement of the T posts and then pound them in with a post pounder at least a foot below ground level (not including soil in the raised beds).

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We found it helpful to lay the cattle panel on top of the raised beds to see where we wanted it. One of the long sides of the cattle panel has a narrower spacing between wires as well, so it helps have the panel in place to get the spacing accurate.

Step Two: Dig a trench in the raised beds.

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Dig a trench between each pair of T posts in each raised bed where you want the cattle panel to go.

Step Three: Install cattle panel.

Place one end of the cattle panel in one trench and secure with some zip ties while another person holds up the other end of the panel. This project definitely takes at least two people.

Then bend the cattle panel into the other trench and zip tie it in place.

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We secured each T post with at least four zip ties, spaced evenly from as close to the ground as possible to the top of the T post. We then cut the excess ends off and sanded them down so they wouldn’t be so sharp (well most of them…we still haven’t gotten to all of them yet ha!).

Then fill the trench with soil, compressing it as you go, and bury the bottom of the cattle panel to the level of the raised bed.

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Step Four: Plant climbers.

We built two arches.

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For one arch, we planted a variety of heirloom indeterminate tomatoes on each side. Indeterminate tomatoes, unlike bush or determinate tomatoes, like to vine and climb. We’re hoping they grow enough to climb over the top. Fingers crossed! Tomatoes can be a tricky crops to grow in Western Washington. Putting gravel around our beds to add some heat and getting an early start with some larger tomato plants will hopefully help them thrive. We also added morning glories and black eyed susan climbers to help attract pollinators and add more color.

*See the end of this post for updates on how these plants did with pictures!

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For our second arch, we planted green beans: Scarlet Emperor and Blue Lake, and some cucumbers. We also added some of the same flowers but in different colors.

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Now will this work? Will the arches fill up with plants like we hope they will? Honestly? I don’t know. We’ve never built and grown something like this successfully, so we’ll see. I plan on adding an update picture at the end of the summer either way. —SEE THE END OF THIS POST FOR PHOTOS AND UPDATE

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Now the trellis themselves of course work. They are not anything you want to hang from but should be sturdy enough to support a good weight of climbing plants. We live in a windy area and have not seen any movement with either one. I’m sure that it helps that they’re big grids of holes at this point. I’ll update you as it fills in with plants.

UPDATE: It held up great this year! Even with a full trellis, we had no structural issues. Some swaying happened in a very strong wind storm, but no weakening of the trellis.

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Raised Bed Garden Arch Trellis - Easy Step by step Tutorial //


I promised to follow up with how the plants grew and how the trellis held up, so here you go:

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It went great!

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The green bean trellis was a smashing success. In fact, as I type this in mid-October, it is still green and producing beans which blows my mind. It’s days are numbered though, and we’ll probably clean it up in the next week.

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It filled up the trellis at the beginning of July and just got fuller and more beautiful as the summer transitioned into Fall. I added cucumbers at the backside of the trellis and those did okay too. They produced but would definitely not grown to fill the trellis like the beans did.

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The tomato trellis did succeed as well but it was WORK.

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A week after the vines finally touched at the top and started to fill in what I affectionately called it’s bald spot, it succumbed to wet weather and fungal issues that I have been battling all summer. I think I will stake my tomatoes next year and try different climber next year…maybe a baby pumpkin or a gourd?

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I think I put the plants too close together. I should have had two plants per side, instead of three. That would have helped with air flow and reduce fungus issues. But they also just didn’t really start growing or producing until later in the summer, so it looked awkward until the end.

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But boy was it fun to try. It was beautiful at the end too.

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