Using Scrap Wood in the Garden

Scrap wood can make a good addition to any garden space, whether as a frame for permanent garden beds or bean trellises, or as additional habitat for insects.

Logs to Line Garden Beds

In this Maine garden, scrap wood is strategically placed to line garden beds and create support tipis for climbing crops.

Photo by Bob Fairbanks

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While clearing land for additional garden space, we stockpiled a tremendous amount of branches and pine logs. We wanted more than a vegetable plot with straight lines, so we used short pine logs to outline our permanent garden beds.

In addition to being funky, functional and free, the scrap wood offers habitat for insects, frogs and other beneficial creatures. With the abundance of branches, we created support tipis for climbing crops, such as peas.

Bob Fairbanks
Kennebunkport, Maine