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Gardening is a hobby with my wife and me. As we have a number of Clematis vines the trellises deteriorate. In my recycling travels I came upon a great way to make a trellis. I came by a motel and noticed a discarded box spring by the dumpster. I took it home and took it apart, finding some nice 1x4's and then took a bolt cutter and cut the spring in half and wala. We have 2 great trellises that are now in use. I might add that the clematis and the box springs make great bed fellows.
By Gloria from western NY
By Elaine from IA
Plant any kind of vining plant below an old clothesline. As the plant grows, you can anchor it to the pole with string or yarn. When it reaches the top of the pole, you can train it across the clothesline itself by attaching it to the line with clothespins. I planted a wild blackberry bush under my old line and it not only looks great, but it's easier to harvest the berries each year.
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
A rustic looking ladder for sweet peas or other climbers to scramble up in your garden or in a planter on your patio.
With limited space for a garden, I have to come up with new ways to grow things. This is the new hanging trellis I made to grow cantaloupes on. It is an old ladder supported by plant hooks on the fence side and utility hooks and nylon string for the outside.
Make a trellis for your climbing plant (indoor or out). Shape the triangular part of a clothes hanger into any shape you like, then straighten the hook. Stick the straightened hook into the soil then train your plant around the the wire.
The concept of the trellis is simple - plants grab on and plants climb up. Whether you are using one for, the humble trellis is one of the most versatile structures that you can have in your garden.
I use old metal bed headboards -- wrought iron, brass, etc. -- as trellises for my garden. The veggies climb right up them, they look great and always garner comments, and they're interesting in the winter covered with snow.
In my garden for the beans and peas I use chain link gates that were no longer needed to get in and out of my back yard. There is a decorative top to the gate so it looks quite attractive. It would be great for clematis or climbing roses, too.
Old brass or wrought iron headboards can be used as trellises in the garden and also add a touch of whimsy to the overall landscape look.
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The seat to my lawn swing rusted and broke off the main frame. The frame itself is still in good condition and I'd like to have some pretty vines trailing up the frame. I was told by someone that the frame would get too hot in the Texas heat unless I insulated it with something like chicken wire. I've never worked with chicken wire so I'd have to figure it out. I'm wondering if any of my ThrftyFun friends have a simpler solution, other than the chicken wire.
I just thought of something else... a hanging herb garden would be really nice.
Could you get wooden lattice at the lumberyard and attach to the frame with wire? Or you could get wire (maybe at a plant nursery) and make a support system for the vines on the frame.
Could you paint the frame with one of the insulating paints that throw off heat?
I used KoolSeal on my shed roofs back in AL and GA (I live in NE Scotland now) and it kept the metal cool to the touch. Seems I recall you can buy a small pint can of the paint for touch-ups so it shouldn't be too expensive.
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I have lots of branches and I always weave them on the top and bottom into the fence in different designs, some of the crosses, some of them different shapes to get my morning glories to grow up them. I have just started on mine this year. I am always pruning trees and bushes and I have tons! It gets them out of the way and also provides a little bit of privacy if you have enough of them. Also you can stick little short ones crossways at the corner of the fence and hang things on them. I haven't hung any chimes or anything on mine yet.
By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN