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Upcycling: Portable Gardening Shade Structures

As you can tell, the shade cloth has not been attached to the structure yet, but at this angle you can see how Sky crossed the two aluminum satellite supports to create two “Vís.” He then laid the fencing over the Vís connecting them together and creating an “A-Frame” portable shade structure.


After he had completed four structures, he put the two pairs at opposite ends of a garden bed and ran reclaimed PVC pipe between them so that the entire bed was covered.



Here you can see the pipe, and look down the nicely shaded row!

When the plants are strong enough to weather the sun on their own, these structures can easily be moved from one bed to another!


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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

2:38AM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

Thank you-

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great infographic,thank you

A lot of great ideas! Thank you!


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