Community Garden Tour: Structures

One day I was looking around the community garden where The Co-Conspirator and I have a plot and started noticing the variety of structures people had made to enhance their gardens. Most were functional but a few were more decorative.

01 Crossbraced

Here, for example, is a simple cross-braced frame. I don’t recall what was growing beneath it, but it was presumably something that would need to climb.

02 A Frame with Net

This similar structure has a twine web over it for more climbing space.

03 Pipe and String

Here the web is on single-sided panels framed with metal tubing. I prefer a flat arrangement like this because I can get to both sides without having to crouch through a tunnel.

03 Simple Teepees

I made tee-pees for my pole beans to climb but they weren’t as neat as this since I constructed them from rough sticks and discarded Festivus poles. The beans didn’t seem to mind.

04 Curvilinear

This freeform trellis has a lot of character. I regret not going back to see what it looked like when plants grew on it.

05 Posts and Wire Fencing

Some seriously sturdy supports can be built of metal posts and fencing material.

051 Stick Fence

This interesting fence was composed of a variety of sticks with a single crosspiece.

06 Rack Fence

Not especially attractive but frugal, this little fence is made with what look like wire shelves from an oven or refrigerator.

07 Chive Fence

On the other hand, this simple wooden fence holding back some Alliums fits right in the garden.

08 Scrollwork

On the other other hand his commercial scrollwork trellis looks almost too nice for the  gardens.

09 Hay Tunnels

All I can assume about this construction is that it’s meant to provide some shade. I really don’t know. Just thought the little hay-thatched tunnels of wire fencing looked kind of cool.

10 Torii

This attractive gateway has been in place for several years. While it may not be strictly within the rules of the garden, it adds character.

11 Arbor

Like the gateway, the community arbor of the gardens is constructed of rough logs. It provides a nice outdoor meeting space and has been the setting of at least one art exhibit that I know of.

What sort of structures have you built in your garden to support plants, keep out pests or just enhance the space?

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