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Upcycling: Portable Gardening Shade Structures

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Upcycling: Portable Gardening Shade Structures

At Gentle World we believe in not only “Reducing, Reusing and Recycling” but also Re-purposing! (often called Up-Cycling)

We practice and teach modern environmentalism, in part by reclaiming items that may have been headed to the dump or recycling center (remember: although recycling is very important, it still takes energy and other resources; keep recycling — just re-purpose first!).

We use reclaimed treasures like old fencing, PVC pipes and rope to create useful and eco-friendly items for our garden and household. One of our long-term volunteers (38 + years!) Sky Weil is a MASTER of repurposing. Creating sheds, green houses and compost bins completely out of reclaimed material is Sky’s specialty.

The pictures below are from one of his newest projects: “Portable Shade Structures” or “Portable Climbing Structures” for the Gentle World veganic teaching garden.

These structures can be used to shade young or fragile plants in the garden, or to support pole beans, tomatoes or other climbing plants.

They are made from:

  • reclaimed aluminum framing from satellite dishes
  • old fencing
  • paint can handles (to wire aluminum frames together)
  • used shade cloth scraps (strips)
  • reclaimed PVC pipes
  • twine from packages we’ve received (you could also use non-working electrical cords or speaker wires, neatly trimmed.)


This is a picture of one complete shade structure and some supplies for creating more:



Next: Pictures of the completed structures in our garden.

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.


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7:36AM PDT on Sep 18, 2015

Interesting stuff, I have tried different things around my house as well with results that I feel good about. I think that if everyone did their part to help clean this world of ours up it would be a happier and healthier place to live. Kudos.

7:14PM PST on Nov 8, 2013


12:13AM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

thanks for sharing

1:44AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

I would classify this as re-use, but if you want another word, go for it.

10:56PM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Love it!

2:30AM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

nice ideas

3:27AM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

2:32AM PDT on Sep 6, 2013


10:15AM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

I could not agree more with Frances D..

9:43AM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

Super ideas. Ty

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