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.
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
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.