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I have a very small space to garden in , so I need to grow up as much as possible.
I had a terrible gardening season this year. I dealt with a stubborn , jerky woodchuck and masses of greedy slugs. We live on a creek bank, perfect breeding ground for tons of slugs. There was no method of slug control that was 100% effective, my guess is because there were just so many of them ,but everything that I grew vertically or in containers was spared somewhat. They at least had a fighting chance.

I have been saving the crib we used for the last 3 kidlets , NOT for another baby (SO done with that) ,but to upcycle into a bench . It’s hard to get rid of cribs, even on Freecycle or Craigslist. Because so many have been recalled, a lot of people don’t want to take a chance on secondhand cribs, even if they’re free. This makes them great for upcycling projects. Since I didn’t need the metal springs for my bench project (which I have not made yet. I will, I will….) , I decided to use them as a trellis.

Here’s how it looked when I first “planted” it in the ground:
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All I did to set it up was to dig a little trench, set one end in to it, and fill with dirt. Then , I planted my cukes at the base.

The plants have since overgrown the top but it’s nearing the end of our gardening season and the trellis has held up marvelously.

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I foresee a day of pickle making in our near future.

I just discovered a great Pinterest board this morning of other vertical gardening ideas, mostly things that can be easily build with upcycled things one might find easily in curbside free piles, Freecycle,craigslist, or salvage shops.

Grow Up!

Vertical gardening and other ways to save space in the veggie garden.

 

 

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