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Re: What do you use for a tomato trellis?

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El Toro

03-12-2013 06:51:31

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I made cages from heavy reinforcement wire that are about 18 inches in diameter and 5 feet tall about 35 years ago. I'm still using them. I cut the bottom horizontal wire so the cages have legs and won't blow over during a thunderstorm that has high wind. Here's a picture of one cage taken a few years ago. You can mulch around the plant to keep down weeds. I use to use grass clippings from around the area until everyone has their grass mowed. Hal
PS: Makes picking them easy.

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Eric in IL

03-12-2013 07:27:11

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 Re: What do you use for a tomato trellis? in reply to El Toro, 03-12-2013 06:51:31  
Our cages are very similar to Hals'. To make them round we overlapped one square of the wire and used small hog(nose) rings to hold them together. I think the rings were called shoat rings, similar in size to the ones Dennis Rodman wears.

We cut the bottom wire also to form legs, but found they still blew over in the wind. Now I add two electric fence posts to each cage that are driven in about a foot deep. I use fence insulators to secure the posts to the cage.

They work pretty well but some ripe fruit can be hard to see, and they consume quite a lot of storage room.

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El Toro

03-12-2013 07:47:51

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 Re: What do you use for a tomato trellis? in reply to Eric in IL, 03-12-2013 07:27:11  
I use to use heavy plastic ties, but I found that twine will last forever. Hal

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