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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A super duty trellis

We are tired of tomato cages that fall over and leave our tomatoes a tangled mess of diseased plants that are impossible to water, weed, and harvest. String weaving is more labor intensive with the same results. So this year we devised a system that will change our whole garden. Using sturdy metal T posts and heavy welded wire fencing, we erected a trellis that keeps the tomatoes off the ground. As we train the vines into the fencing, the tomatoes grow up into the sun and air never to topple over. A furrow at the base makes irrigation easy. Circulating air wards off disease reducing the need for fungicides. We have been rewarded with a heavy crop of beautiful tomatoes that will continue into autumn. This same trellis will serve future crops of peas, pole beans, cucumbers, and vining squash. As we construct more of these trellises, our vertical garden will generate higher yields and better quality produce.


4 comments:

Becca's Dirt said...

Great idea and yours look so healthy. Just look at all those tomatos.Thanks for sharing.

mike said...

I really like this idea Dale. We are going to have to do this next year as our tomatoes have been blown over twice this year.

megan said...

Love it, Dale. We really needed this this year! It's so simple and cheap too! I can't wait!

Holly | Reed Photographic said...

I did something along the same lines this year. I used a heavy duty cage my neighbor made for me from the same kind of fencing Dale shows in the video. Then Toby drove a heavy duty steel pipe (about 1.5 inches and hollow) down into he ground inside the cage to anchor it. We get wicked wind storms out here that rip off siding and blow apart vinyl fences and my tomatoes are tall, in tact and producing like crazy.