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Railing into Garden Trellis

Before we bought a house I knew I wanted to have a HUGE garden. I wanted to grow everything, from cucumbers to peppers and potatoes.

We moved into our home in May 2013 so being pregnant and trying to get the house ready before little man came was the main priority. So we didn’t get around to having a garden our first summer.

Last year, my dad helped make us 2 raised beds. Originally I wanted 4, but I decided lets keep it simple the first year since I have never had a garden before.

Good thing! I had cucumbers and tomatoes. That’s it! Well I tried. Next year will be better, I thought.

This year was a small improvement, we have cucumbers and some tomatoes and lettuce and garlic. I think next year its time to start composting, or actually learn how to garden instead of throwing some seeds into the dirt!

One thing I did learn was I needed a trellis for my cucumber vines so they didn’t grow all over everything else. I also planted beans and they needed something to grow on as well.

Well…remember my post Not So Ordinary Raised Ranch where this railing was removed….

raised ranch railing

and our beautiful bookcase was built?

raised ranch built in

Guess what happened to the railing…

garden trellis railing

It creates a beautiful backdrop for our raised garden beds!

Since the railing was secured to the floor in the house it was a piece of cake to secure it to the bed. We used the same screws and same holes and just screwed them in.

I love that I could repurpose this railing and if it ever starts to rust I can just spray it!




Sunday 22nd of January 2017

What made you decide to do the shelves instead of a new railing? They look beautiful like they were there when you bought it,i think using wall color in back board of the shelves was such a great idea. Simply beautiful. I had 4 kids all 2yrs apart so I've had the staircase fear n my daughter was 2 she would throw toys down the stairs ,well the one n only time my mom in law comes ,what comes tumbling down my daughter n we didn't jump she was in her brother's hand me down camo PJ's when we turned she was half way.uhh she never fell down any stairs any where and she surprisingly was fine


Friday 17th of April 2020

I taught my grandson to slide down on his belly and we never had a problem

Savannah Judd

Thursday 3rd of September 2015

Love the book case and what a smart funky way to use the rail,cool!


Monday 3rd of August 2015

I don't know what I love more, the built in bookcase, or the fact that you reused the iron railing in the garden! Awesome all around!!


Monday 3rd of August 2015

What a great idea!! Helps to break up the yard, as well - I love it!


Monday 3rd of August 2015

Very clever and resourceful! And it looks pretty too. Your story about your grand garden dream progressing along little by little, reminds me of blogging. It goes along a lot more slowly than you think it will, but it gets there.


Monday 3rd of August 2015

Thank Sue! So true..hopefully next year it will be abundant!

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