Have you ever had tomato vines that grew so big your trellis broke under the weight of the ripening fruits? If so, then you should consider this trellis design.
To construct the trellis you will need
- 4 U-Posts (tallest available)
- 16 Eye Bolts with Nuts
- 1 Spool of 14 Guage Wire
I used this sturdy tomato trellis in my square foot garden this year, which is a specific method of raised bed gardening. The trellis performed well holding up tomato vines that grew to fill in every inch of it.
You will want to buy the tallest U-Posts that are available because you will lose about a foot and a half of height after pounding the U-Posts into the ground.
To construct the trellis, U-Posts are placed on either end of the garden bed. Then eye bolts are placed in the U-Posts. Next wire is strung between the U-Posts and attached to the eye bolt. Finally, the eye bolts are tightened.
The U-Posts are placed such that there is wire on either side of the tomato plants. The plants can then be tied to the trellis with string.
This trellis can be used year after year. It can even be moved to another bed when the tomato plants are rotated.