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.
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.