Container trellises or stakes for garden veggies. pics please

dapperMarch 6, 2011

I would love to see pictures of how you folks are staking or trellising tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, cantalopes, squash, or pumpkins from your containers.

I have a ton of round tomato cages I used in my old raised beds. I would love to be able to use these in containers but they do need to be anchored down somehow.

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

That issue was easy for me - I slip the cages into the pots, then secure the top of the cage to a chain link fence. You could do the same by stretching any type of fabric fencing between 2 or more posts & then attaching the cages to the fencing. There is no danger of anything toppling, either.


    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 2:51PM
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I used black deer netting between my deck rails. I grew my tomatoes in pots on the ground and tied the tomatoes to stakes, bird-netting and the deck, itself.

If you look between the rails, on the left side, you might see the deer netting. This is a moon flower and morning glory vine.

Here's another shot. This vine is growing from a pot on the ground, climbing up the deer netting.

This photo shows so many plants, but you can see the tomatoes with stakes and there is deer netting between the deck rails. I tied tomato branches directly to the deck. I used heavy metal stakes which had green plastic coating.

Not terribly creative, but it worked and didn't look too ugly.


    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 7:45PM
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I was actually thinking of taking rebar and drive 2 rods per container (either tote or 5 gal bucket), then attaching the tomato cage to them. I just wanted to see what others are doing, maybe use soome other ideas.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 11:37PM
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I don't have any photos to show, but I use cut pieces of pig panel fencing to secure what amounts to free-standing trellising to. In other words, if there's no fence to attach the tomato cage to, I have tall pieces of free-standing fence made from pig panel sections. The pig panel piece gets stuck into the ground on legs that we've left intact, and I loosely tie the tomato cage to it.

Luckily, I have 4 raised beds that are fenced in, and the corners are fairly close to the fencing... close enough for vining plants to grow toward and then onto them.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2011 at 8:04AM
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ykerzner(9 TX)

Crape-myrtle sticks or pampas grass canes, driven into the containers, two at a time. I also build my own mega-trellis constructions with twine and branches for vining plants.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 1:13AM
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