DIY upcycled A-frame trellis and a tiny urban’ish garden

Have you ever turned a project over and over in your head and then one day it comes into focus and you’re like, “DOH! I’m an idiot. Why haven’t I thought of this by now?”

I knew I wanted something crafty for the garden. I don’t really tend toward store bought solutions for things like this. I prefer to make something out of something else. An old garden gate holds clematis in the backyard, a livestock tank for a soaking tub…you know, stuff like that. Little substitutions that make the environment a bit more interesting.

Anyhoo…I went to our local garden store this morning and just didn’t see anything that sparked any ideas. Then I got home and these two old wood-framed window screens were sitting just inside the door with the rest of the stuff I cleared out of the shop last weekend. I cut some nylon strapping, hit those suckers with a couple good pops from the staple gun, and BAM. Now we have an A-frame trellis to support our summer squash and cucumbers. Dave says, “It’s a bit rough looking.” but that won’t really matter once it’s covered with greenery. It just needs to breathe and be sturdy.

Take THAT $50 A-frame trellis from Gardener’s Supply (which may admittedly be prettier, but not as cool ’cause this was FREE.)

DIY a-frame trellis

 

I’m still playing that “Injured Shoulder” card pretty hard so the kids did all the planting.

upcycled a-frame trellis

 

Will helped by setting traps for his dad made out of the plastic pots.

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We got herbs, too! And beans.

Beans, cilantro, dill, parsley, oregano, and basil.

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Rocking the alley-picked repurposed window screens turned A-frame trellis.

DIY a-frame trellis

We’re pretty proud of how much we’ve squeezed into such a small area. These Chicago-style lots don’t leave much green space but we managed to plant herbs, several tomato plants, 4 bell pepper plants, eggplant, watermelon, cucumbers, spaghetti squash, beans, and summer squash.

DIY a-frame trellis

 

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