How to Build Tomato Trellis

Over the years, I tried all kinds of ways to support my tomatoes. It usually involved tying since I never had enough room to store those big tomato cages over the winter. I have friends who support their tomatoes with cages, and they do, in fact, work pretty well. But I wanted to find a way to support a large number of plants in the field without needing to have a mountain of cages by the end of the season.
How to Build Tomatoes Trellis…
Early in the Spring, I was looking for a better way to trellis peas and beans and came across a trellis design that I liked. With a little bit of money and a little bit of work, I build the trellis (you can see it here) and it worked great. So I decided to keep the same concept, but make it more suitable for tomatoes.
This is my pea trellis from earlier this spring. For the tomatoes, I still used the 7′ T-posts, the 10′ rebars and 1 1/4” dia PVC 90 degree tees. It’s pretty easy to build, but first, before you start setting the trellis, make sure to prepare the soil. I’ve learned that it’s much easier to do that before you build the trellis than to work around the posts latter. So, once the soil is ready for planting, drive the posts a foot deep into the ground 4.5 feet apart. On each post, place the PVC T and run the rebar inside the PVC T. For every two posts you’ll need one rebar.
For the tomatoes, instead of using the crop net, I simply tied a twine to the rebar…

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  • Was28625906 Was28625906 on Jul 22, 2018

    How do you keep the grass from growing in your garden? What do you do to prepare the soil?

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  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Jul 15, 2015
    Interesting. I've never seen a tomato trellis before. Do most people use cages because they work better?

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    • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Jul 16, 2015
      @Lee @ Lady Lee's Home aha, got it. Thanks for the tip! :)

  • Aiokersonalicea1 Aiokersonalicea1 on Jun 09, 2018

    Love it. I have tried various ways to trellis tomatoes and have not been successful. Thank you for posting. This should do.