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10 Old Gizmos for Trellises and Other Plant Supports

10 Old Gizmos for Trellises and Other Plant Supports

Use bicycle wheels, chopsticks, baby gates, and tomato cages to make trellises, arbors, and other supports that will spread your plants upward instead of outward. Other materials that you can reuse for this purpose include soda pop six-pack trellis, undressed umbrella, rebar, rain gear, wooden clothes drying rack, plastic pipe, and old tent frame parts.

10 Old Gizmos for Trellises

–Chicken wire for vines
–Fishing line for invisible trellises
–Paint inexpensive, cone-shaped tomato cages green and use for holding up peonies
–Use rebar to make teepee for plants
–Use plastic pipe to fashion trellises, and more
–How to use a bicycle-wheel
–Use a baby gate
–Simply unfold a wooden cloths drying rack and stick into the ground near vines.
–Use chopsticks for houseplant supports
–Fasten six-hole plastic rectangles together with twist ties, and then thread the ends with dowels.

Link here for directions for how to make Five Cool Make-it-Yourself Garden Gizmos.

Read more: Nature, Lawns & Gardens

Adapted from Great Garden Gadgets, A Rodale Organic Gardening Book. Copyright (c) 2001 by Rodale Inc. Reprinted by permission of Rodale Inc.
Adapted from Great Garden Gadgets, A Rodale Organic Gardening Book.

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12:58PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Thank you.

10:33PM PST on Jan 19, 2013

We use an old metal headboard for vines , metal snap together grids can be attached to
fences if you no longer need them in the home .

4:04AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Thank you

7:42PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Good reuse.

7:33PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Old roll away beds with the wire mesh on them make good trellises to lean against a wall, or to shade a window.

9:10AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

will try for some plants!

9:03AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Thank you

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Interesting, a good recycling idea.

12:51PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

thanks for posting

9:38PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Will use some of these for my tomatoes.

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