Want to build a tall/tan/handsome tomato trellis on which your indeterminate varieties can cheerfully grow? I have good news for you! The trellis in question is very easy to make. The only required tools are a hammer and some some wine. I mean twine. To watch me build this structure — my tenth in as many years — just click the “play” arrow up top. Then scroll down for additional pictures and notes.
Tomato Trellis: Pictures and Notes
As mentioned, I use inexpensive 1″x 1″x 8′ pine posts for all of my trellises. The posts are hammered 12 inches into the ground. (Pine posts can be reused for at least 3 years if stored in a shed, basement, or garage during the winter months.)
And why do I trellis my tomatoes instead of caging them? Because common wire cages are poorly soldered. One year, Mr. Fox nearly poked an eye on a loose wire as he bent down to pluck a caged tomato. Furthermore, even the expensive “Texas” -type cages are too short for indeterminate varieties. A 7-foot trellis admits plentiful air circulation and sunlight, two factors that promote healthy plants. A trellis is good for the gardener, too. I can tie the vines to their posts, prune off suckers, and harvest fruit with only minimal bending.
Oh. As mentioned in my Tomato Planting-and- Growing Guide, I use green Velcro tape to secure vines to their trellis posts. The tape is both inexpensive and reusable. Nylon stockings — such as the black fishnets I wear on Saturday nights — are great for vine-tying, too.
Is a wooden tomato trellis in your future? Or do you prefer some other type of support system? Speak your mind in the comments field below. (I hope the video up top was helpful to you in some small way.)
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