Feel free to laugh again. I have no idea why I thought this gigantic teepee would work?? I put it back into the car in disgust and decided to DIY a trellis instead. We were lucky enough to have lots of scrap lumber laying around from the recent porch project, so I snagged four pieces of tall skinny wood and drilled five sets of holes at the same heights all the way up.
I stuck them into the four corners of the container, holes facing eachother.
I connected the dots with some green twine I had laying around.
Once I got them all done, it was looking a little....saggy.
So I added some tall bamboo stakes I had in the garage for added structure on the bottom, wrapping the twine around them on either side.
Then I had fun 'decorating' the new trellis with the cucmber vines, using my favorite garden tool - the spool of twisty ties. You pull out what you need, and press the little metal cutter. No more 'too short' pieces!
It was all looking a lot better when I was done, and I have dozens on teeny tiny cucumbers all over this guy! I'm interested to see how it all works out when they get big and heavy...I may add more twine criss-crossing the wood, depending on how things go.
I'm not sure Max liked me taking all those juicy leaves out of his reach, but he can just go eat cat food. Seriously, this cat loves his greens. What a weirdo.