Using Scrap Wood in the Garden

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

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