Posted June 19, 2009 by Jimmy Cracked-Corn in 2009, DIY, future plans, vegetable gardening. Tagged: tomato, trellis. 8 Comments
Trellises, two or three weeks ago
I built these interesting, semi-obelisk tomato trellises this year to try to give the tomato plants more head room at the top versus last year’s teepee design. I’ll probably change them next year to give them a slightly wider footprint.
Tomato Trellis, this week
Posted by Robin on June 22, 2009 at 4:11 am
Do you have to prune any of the plants?
Posted by Jimmy Cracked-Corn on June 22, 2009 at 7:15 am
About the time the 4th growing tip shows up and they are getting out of hand I do start pruning the tops. I also prune from the ground up to the lowest greenies, little by little as the plant grows.
Posted by Jimmy Cracked-Corn on June 30, 2009 at 11:33 am
P.S. I advise you to NOT copy this trellis design. It is tippy and not structurally solid. I’m getting so tired of wooden trellises that I might use big homemade wire cages next year.
Posted by Sandy Murray on October 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm
I made a similar structure to grow peas on. The wind kept blowing it over until my husband cut some foot long stakes and drove them into the ground beside it. Then he screwed the stakes to the trellis. It never blew over again.
Posted by carrie on August 24, 2009 at 8:39 am
They look great. I think you are right with a wider foot print they would be perfect. Do you put the plants at the four corners? I am planning for next years garden. I fear that it is too late in the season to get started now. I think that the growing season fairly long down here in Florida, but not sure late August is the time for planting tomatoes.
Posted by Jimmy Cracked-Corn on August 24, 2009 at 8:44 am
Yes, I planted the tomatoes 2 linear feet apart in each direction and started tying them to the trellis when they were about 2 feet tall.
Posted by Wade on June 1, 2011 at 8:11 pm
yo duder, what’s the improved design? i’m cutting bamboo(cane) tomorrow to make a grid which will be supported at the ends by t-posts. thunked it up myself–free cane, free twine, have a few t-post and 60 plus tomato plants to string up.
Posted by Jimmy Cracked-Corn on June 2, 2011 at 7:07 am
I’ll have to post pictures of this year’s trellis system. I don’t know if it’s improved or not. It’s definitely not as strong, but hopefully it will suffice.
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