Build Your Tomato Trellis

DIY Tomato Trellis

The tomatoes have been growing like crazy and they were crying for help.

I don’t really like cages for plants but I knew something had to be done to help these beauties shine so I made a few trellis pieces from scrap wood.

 Tool List

I wanted to keep things simple with this project so I used the following tools, then gathered the wood to see what I might be able to create.

  • Hand saw
  • Cordless drill with bits
  • Safety goggles
  • Measuring tape and screws.

Building the Frame

I had a lot of thin pieces of scrap wood and needed to make four structures.  Each design would include five pieces of wood, 2 legs and three arms known as cross pieces.

I used a hand saw for a little exercise and before I knew it the cutting was complete.

The boards were laid out carefully and connected with screws and all the structures were completed I hauled them off to the garden.

Installing a Trellis

Installation was simple; this involved a large hammer, moist soil, scissors and string.

Before placing each trellis I made sure the soil was moist, this made hammering the trellis in place a breeze.

Placing the trellis with a hammer was a matter of slowly pounding one side into the soil at a time. When the trellis was secure I carefully attached the branches using string and scissors.

These tomatoes are happy now and growing better than ever.

If you have a long growing season like we do in Texas, July is a good time to cut your plants back.

Not drastically but just a little as they have another 3 months of growing left.

DIY Tomato Trellis


  1. Sparkling says:

    Did you line the inside of the tires?

    1. I lined them with hay – a while back I found a website that talked about planting with tires. It was extremely interesting and I wish I would have saved the link. There are many myths about using tires for gardening and many come from the 50's that seemed to have recycled through the years keeping those concerns fresh. -Carole

  2. Love your idea of the tomato trellis and in tires to boot. Your plants are beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

    1. I will see you next week such a fun hop. Glad you enjoyed this idea and I'm loving the new trellises. -Carole

  3. Brenda Young says:

    Loving this , will have to implement it in my garden !

    1. Awesome – I'm glad you like it. I have way to much fun with power tools and wood. -Carole

  4. mickie mclaughlin says:

    Hello Carole…I’ve never planted anything except flower bulbs this time of year, but your post today has stimulated my interest in trying one or two veggies. It gets cold here in Maryland so every year I keep thinking about searching for directions on how to build one of those little hot house frames using old windows, etc. My Dear Dad used to have a frame for starting his seeds in February, but that’s as far as my memory will take me. At the time, I was NOT interested in growing or building anything. Little did I know it would become a passion. LOL Have you ever built a cold frame for extending the growing season.

    The plants growing in the tires are really neat and attractive. Also love the herbs that are growing in the wooden delivery box. You mention that you use string to tie up your plants to the trellis. Since I sew I have a ton of remnants of fleece which I cut in strips with my rotary cutter. They are soft and a bit stretchy and give a little under the weight of the tomatoes. Did I mention that I too like to use what I already have and they are free. HaHa

    Do you have any ideas for what I can use to get my autumn sedums off the ground. Every year they get about 15 – 18 inches high then they just fall over from the weight of the flower heads. Sort of like peonies. I don’t like those little circular wire things they use for peonies as they are flimsy, etc. Have a great day, Carole.

    1. Carole says:

      You really should and check out this project for a cold frame. I designed this with the purpose of starting seeds and then decided to double it to keep my lettuce growing and making it easy to cover. There is a link in that post for building plans.

      As for the Autumn Sedums – I’m curious if you could dry it? I’m thinking if you built maybe a box frame that would go over the base, it would look better than the wire and compliment the greenery. I will think on this some more, sounds like a good winter project for me. Something with copper might be neat too?

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