How to Make a Garden Trellis With Recycled Objects


Garden trellises lend style and functionality to any gardening space. Not only are they attractive, they provide a growing area that is vertical to the ground and allows you to grow more crops in the same space. If the thought of creating a traditional trellis seems daunting, consider alternate methods with recycled objects that you can get for little to nothing at yard sales or even from the attic.

Things You'll Need

  • Bed Springs
  • Bicycle Tires
  • Step Ladder

Bed Springs

  • Stand an old bed spring on its side. Generally you will want this to be secured in the garden with the long side horizontal to the garden surface. Although this isn't necessary, it will provide more stability.

  • Mark the ends of the bed spring in the soil and remove the bed spring while you prepare supporting stakes.

  • Dig a hole where you marked the ends of the bed springs and anchor sturdy stakes for support. You can purchase metal stakes if desired but wood will do. Be sure the stake is anchored securely and does not move when pressure is applied. Using a hammer or a piece of wood to pound the stake into the ground until it is solid will create a sturdy stake.

  • Stand the bed spring against the stakes and attach with horseshoe nails. Depending on the size of the bedspring, you may want to provide a stake in the center as well.

  • Plant peas, cucumbers, or any other vining plants along the base of the bed-spring trellis. They will soon cover the trellis creating a lush green wall of leaves and fruit.

Bicycle Tires

  • Collect old bicycle tires and remove the tire from the rim. A variety of sizes will provide more possibilities in the garden.

  • Mount two bicycle tires on a post. The bottom tire should be the biggest and should be mounted near the ground. Mount the second smaller tire rim on the top of a six to eight foot pole.

  • String twine from the spokes of the bottom tire to the top tire and tie off securely.

  • Plant vining flowers or pole beans around the base of the bottom tire. When they send out runners, they will begin to climb the twine and will create a beautiful display that costs you nothing to create.

Discarded Step Ladders

  • Locate an old step ladder that is no longer in use and set it in the desired location. You may wish to paint the step ladder in a color that will complement your garden style or leave it in its natural state.

  • Plant vining flowers or vegetables around the base of the step ladder and allow them to climb the rungs of the ladder for an attractive display.

  • Consider filling a window box with morning glories or other climbing flowers and setting it on the bottom step. As they grow, the flowers will intertwine and creep up the steps.

Tips & Warnings

  • Watch for discarded items at yard sales that can be used for garden trellises. Even an assortment of old garden tools can be bound together in the shape of a tee-pee to create an interesting trellis.

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