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Fun, Funky, Free Garden Trellis and Tomato Cage!

 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!
Fun, Funky, Free Garden Trellis & Tomato Cage
This year, I’m trying something new for my garden trellis system.  I spotted these pallets in my husband’s warehouse at work.  I was certain I could use them for something!  
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 that we used for bedding in the goat stall and chicken coop.  So far, they are holding up very nicely, and are a very cheerful addition to my garden beds!
garden trellis
garden trellis

So, what do you think of my garden trellis?

P.S.  I swear these pictures are only from last weekend, but my plants have literally doubled in size.  Stay tuned for more garden trellis 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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  1. Those are awesome, and I love the colors! What a fun addition to the garden!

  2. A great reuse of pallets…the colors are perfect too. :)

  3. I’m a huge pallet fan. I really like your reuse of them and the fun bright colors you painted them. What a fun garden!

  4. I love your trellis cages, Heather! Nice addition to a garden.

  5. I love it! I’ve been repurposing plastic baling twine and hotwire posts to string up my green beans this year. We end up with lots of baling twine every year and I need to come up with more things to do with it! (activate thinking cap…)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

  6. Great use of re-purposed material and since it’s free you have nothing to loose by trying. They certainly look sturdy enough to work. Love the pop of color!

  7. I like them . . .made me think about how old fashioned wooden clothes drying racks would work to :)

  8. So clever! It adds cheeriness to the garden as well!

  9. They add such a whimsical look to your garden, I love them! I am going to have to keep my eyes peeled for more pallets. Thanks for sharing! I saw this post on the Backyard Farming Connection Hop :-)


  10. Anonymous says:

    What a clever way to add excitement to a garden and repurpose pallets. Love it……Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick


  11. They are awesome. I know that better trellises will be my focus next year. This year I moved my garden, next year will be for fine tuning….

  12. What a great idea and they looks so colourful too – love that! I’ve got this linked to my trellis’ post too today, thanks for posting yours!

  13. Lisa Savage says:

    Well done!

  14. I’m seeing so many posts using pallets lately. My question is where can you acquire them if you don’t have a source? Thanks!

    • My husband works in a warehouse, so he brings them home for me. Occasionally I go up there and point out the types I think I can use. Every product comes on a different type of pallet. Many local businesses are happy to give them away, however, so don’t be afraid to ask if you see a stack somewhere! I find that the bigger box stores are more likely to re-use theirs.

  15. The only challenge I see, and speaking from experience, is when the plants are on the ‘inside’ of the trellis system, they become difficult to work with and navigate. My suggestion would be to use one pallet upright between two T-poles so that you can plant on the outside of the trellis… and possibly from both sides. I’m signing up for your newsletter and look forward to more of your tidbits and insight. Country Blessings!
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