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Fun, Funky, Free Garden Trellis and Tomato Cage!

 pallet trellis 

Do you have as much trouble with tomato cages as I do?  They look cute and great, until the tomato actually begins to grow.  Then they are falling all over the place causing your garden to turn into a hopeless jungle.  

Cucumber and bean trellises are just as bad.  Last year, my cucumber trellis (carefully constructed of bamboo and rope by yours truly) literally fell over every time the wind blew.  In fact, towards the end of the season, I think it started falling over whenever the forecast just mentioned a *chance* of wind.  Sigh.  There has to be a better way! 

This year, I'm trying something new.  I spotted these pallets in my husband's warehouse at work.  I was certain I could use them for something!   

 tomato cage trellis  

Well, here you have it!  I spray painted them in sets of two, and I lashed them together with plastic bailing twine saved from wheat straw bales.  So far, they are holding up very nicely, and are a very cheerful addition to my garden beds! 

 yellow trellis  

 cuke trellis 

So, what do you think? 

P.S.  I swear these pictures are only from last weekend, but my plants have literally doubled in size.  Stay tuned for more pictures.  Some of the tomatoes are literally sticking out past the tops of the cages now, and there are cucumbers everywhere!

P.P.S.  I'm also about to add some of these to my muskmelon and watermelon patches to see if I can have success growing melons vertically! 

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12/20/2013 8:05:54 AM

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