When it comes to new tomato supports, I made a decision! I am making trellises out of conduit and nylon string. I didn’t know what it was called, but I swore I knew this metal pole existed somewhere in the hardware store and so I wandered around until I found it: “Electric Metallic 1/2″ Tube Conduit.” A 10 foot pole is only $2! And all the little pieces that hook them together are pretty cheap too. I was so excited, but not sure what to do with it. So I ran home and looked it up. The first video I watched was Reaganite71’s video tutorial for how to make the trellis and it was like choirs of angels singing! Very easy, clear, and I realized I had seen this style before, like in this rooftop garden I am in love with. I am following this tutorial pretty closely. Only difference is I am bending my conduit instead of cutting it and then piecing the corners together, an idea I got from http://www.growgardentomatoes.com/tomato-trellis.html. While the conduit bender costs more than a cutter, I don’t have to buy all the corner pieces, so if I make enough trellises, I will come out ahead cost wise.
One trouble I ran into when searching out other options was getting these massive products home. 10′ pole or fence vs. my 4 door sedan. I realized with the conduit that I could get it home if I simply did the bending, or cutting, at the store. So, that’s what I did. I bought the stuff then bent everything in the parking lot and if fit perfectly in my car. The only trouble I ran into when I got home was that my trellis was too wide for me to hold both sides and too tall for me to hold the top to lift it into place, so I had to wait for my hubby to get home before I could install it. (I used 2- 10′ pieces for each trellis. I don’t know if that is too big or not to be sturdy.) I will tie on the string tomorrow morning.
In other news, I think the bunnies are eating my dahlias. That or I took care of them so poorly last season that only a few survived. 😦 I put some of the short garden fencing around them to protect them just in case it is the bunnies. I also think the birds ate much of the seed I put out.