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How To Build A Sustainable “Recycled” Trellis From Old Shovels and Rakes

How to Build A Sustainable Recycled Shovel Trellis

Every gardener I know has extra shovels laying around, some ancient, some rusting – all ready for some excitement. My assistant, Katie, and I got busy remaking old shovels and rakes into a sustainable garden trellis earlier this summer and the result has been great!!

How To Make A “Recycled” Trellis From Old Shovels:

You will need – 3” deck screws, old shovels and rakes, and a drill

Step 1 – Find a spot on your fence you would like to hang some old shovels and Katie drilling the hole on the shovel handlerakes. Mark the spots on shovel handle and on fence wall where you would like to secure them onto the wall.

Step 2 – Predrill holes into the shovel handles that match up with where they should be hung on the fence.

Step 3 – Drill the deck screws through the predrilled holes into the fence to tightly secure the trellis.

Step 4 – Plant a climber below them. I chose Burpee Home Gardens green beans.

Special thanks to my assistants, Kate Szekely and Cruz Guttierrez who helped me put the shovels up. You are the best!

Finished shovel trellis on fence wall

*Note – Because the FTC requires it, I am noting that Organic Mechanics Soil sponsored the soil used for this project. Burpee Home Gardens supplied the vegetables grown in the garden this season. I  write many instructional stories and videos with their incredible vegetable products and donate a large portion of the vegetables to the local food pantry when harvested.

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    creations landscape designs
    July 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    This is great. Love this idea of taking something old and turning it into something new.

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    July 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    How cute!! I just have to ask, did you freshly paint your tools those bright colors, or was that a happy accident that those were what you had available?

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    Shawna Lee Coronado
    July 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks! I painted the tools last year, so had them all pre-painted from a while ago.

    You could hang painted or plain tools.


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    July 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you so much! Very nice! Love your previous project too!

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    Shawna Lee Coronado
    July 26, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Tatyana – thanks – more projects coming!


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    July 27, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Ha! I could have sworn I saw those tools in the background of your landscape garden a couple posts back, and I wondered… what is she up to with that???

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    July 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    So cute! The color of the tools really perks up the trellis. It's great to be able to make something so pretty for the garden that's inexpensive AND a reduce-reuse-recycle project!

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    David P. Offutt - The Gastronomic Gardener
    July 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Clever & Attractive!

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    July 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I just came across your blog and absolutely LOVE that trellis from old shovels/rakes that you made!!!! How awesome!! I will be recreating this in our yard on our privacy fence. =)

    I'm your newest follower

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    Shawna Lee Coronado
    July 29, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Welcome Dorothy and thank you all!!



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    Jane Marie
    August 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    What a fantastic idea! Can't wait to get started on my own trellis now.

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    Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand
    August 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Love it what a creative use for old garden tools mind running wild now <|;-)

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