Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tomato Gardener: Using a Trellis in a Home Garden

In the home garden trellising and pruning are often very desirable, as they enable us not only to produce more fruit in a given area but of better quality. Many forms of trellis, have been recommended. Where the plants are to be pruned as well as supported, as they should always be in gardens, there is nothing better than the single stake, as described above. For a trellis without pruning, one to three stout hoops supported by three stakes so as to surround the plant which is allowed to grow through and fall over them, or two or more parallel strips supported about a foot from the ground on each side of a row of plants answer the purpose, which is simply to keep the plant up from the ground and facilitate the free circulation of the air among leaves and fruit.

I have seen tomatoes grown very successfully by the side of an open fence. Two stakes were driven into the ground about 6 inches from the fence and the plant, but slanting outward and away from each other. The tops of the stakes were fastened to the fence by wooden braces, and then heavy strings fastened to the fence around the stakes and back to the fence, the whole with the fence forming a sort of inverted pyramidal vase about 3 feet across at the top. In this the plant was allowed to grow, but it would be essential to success that the fence be an open one.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that a simple stake is the best... I have tried almost everything on the market to support my tomato plants. Metal cages, foldable ones, bamboo etc. Nothing really works like a simple stake. I found somethign recenltly that your readers might find useful, Its a plastic stake with built in support ties. I ordered 5 and anxious to get to work in the garden. (soil is still rock hard here in Pennsylvania)