The (Tomato) Stakes Are Highcomments (4) June 3rd, 2009
A lot of gardeners scour the Web for plans and ideas for tomato trellises, and with good reason. Staking tomatoes is a good idea. With support, tomato vines can grow up instead of out, so more plants can be grown in less space. The garden is neater, and the fruit is cleaner and easier to pick.
If you aren't handy with tools or don't want to spend time and money creating a structure, don't fret. Here's a solution that's essentially free. We had a hedge that was out of control, maybe 12 ft. high, and my son pruned it down to ground level this spring. I trimmed the thicker prunings further, and set aside a number of them to use as tomato stakes. For indeterminate varieties (most of them) I chose the longest stakes (7 to 8 ft. long or more) and used the shorter ones for determinates.
To install them, I just punched deep holes into the soil using a crowbar. In went the stakes. I tamped down the earth a bit, and I was ready to plant the seedlings. I wasn't fussy about looks, as you can see. The effect is pretty ragged right now, but as the tomato vines grow, they'll cover everything anyway.
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