New trellis

You know I like to build things for my garden. You may also know that I like to upcycle, repurpose, reuse. Well the slightly cooler weather had me in project mode on Monday...

...and it all started with the parts of an old dog crate that I salvaged from my neighbor's trash a summer or two ago (I've lost track). Add a little cedar and I'd get a custom trellis!


Here's a better look at two of the four sides of the crate:

Step one: deal with these loops...

...which was pretty easy for the bolt cutters.

(I have an idea of how to utilize these bits too in a separate project later...)

Here's the spot that could benefit from a trellis:

So all I needed was a frame of some sort.


A few little angle brackets to attach to the existing post and some rebar (to support the other leg) and this dog crate is now a trellis!

I don't need to think about what to plant here, as the maypop (Passiflora incarnata) is already in place and will quickly fill this extra space.

I just need to decide what color to stain the cedar frame... gray to match the pergola, or a shade of brown? Hmmm...

(As mentioned I have two more crate sections to use, so I can make another one of these somewhere)


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Anonymous –   – (August 2, 2017 at 4:09 PM)  

Very nice and original!

Floral City Gardener  – (August 3, 2017 at 7:51 AM)  

That is really clever. I am now adding old dog crates to the list of items I look for at junk sales. You have inspired me.

Salty Pumpkin Studio  – (August 3, 2017 at 8:18 AM)  

Wow, that is so neat! I like that the dog crate is sturdier than mere fencing.

chavliness  – (August 3, 2017 at 10:43 AM)  

You make it look so darn easy! It looks great in it's natural color too.

outlawgardener  – (August 3, 2017 at 11:55 AM)  

Awesome! Paint the whole thing Majorelle blue:)

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax!  – (August 3, 2017 at 1:16 PM)  

I have a new (to me) allotment with masses of commercial bread baskets already in situ. (Large orange crates.) Some are in piles. Some are sprinkled around apparently at random. Any ideas about what previous allotmenteers might have wanted them for? Or what I might do with them? (Otherwise, they are on their way to the dump!)

Alan  – (August 3, 2017 at 3:04 PM)  

Thanks all!

I like how I said "gray or brown" and Peter says essentially SUPER BLUE. I don't know how I'd feel about that during the winter months...

Lucy: stack them up to create a wall of cubby holes, and put potted plants in each "cubby"? Not sure if they're deep enough for that.

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax!  – (August 4, 2017 at 11:03 AM)  

The crates are certainly deep. Maybe if I had a wall to lean them against, that is what I would do.

Unknown  – (August 17, 2017 at 9:30 AM)  

i vote for staining it with a vinegar and steel wool solution to age the wood grey to match your pergola.

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