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Obelisk Trellis

Each year I try something new in the garden. This year, I was looking for a different way to cage tomatoes. I have metal wire cages that are pretty flimsy and always seem to tip over after the tomato plant reaches 3 feet tall. This is my try at a wooden trellis in the shape of an obelisk. Mostly, it is for decoration but having the obelisk shape does allow us to stack the cages together for winter.

Build Instructions: https://www.instructables.com/id/Obe...is-for-Garden/
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Pretty cool design, looks nice. I need to come up with something else too. I typically just go with the standard round wire cages, but I'm probably going to downsize my garden, since I normally plant and grow enough food to feed 20 people and most of it ends up rotting on the vine. I've thought about horizontal growing, using wood lattice on a frame, maybe 3 or 4 feet high so I don't have to crawl under it to reach the fruit. Apparently tomatoes do well that way, since naturally they would spread on the ground, instead of up. Might make one 2 feet wide and 6 feet long, and hang a planter on each end and route the runners along the top of the lattice.
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Thank you. Even though our garden is relatively small, it produces way more than we can eat. I usually just bring the harvest into work place it on the common table. It's gone by lunch time!

For tomatoes, I generally use wire cages or stakes. I actually made this because I was bored. I made the attached cucumber trellis a couple of years ago and it works great.

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Pretty cool design, looks nice. I need to come up with something else too. I typically just go with the standard round wire cages, but I'm probably going to downsize my garden, since I normally plant and grow enough food to feed 20 people and most of it ends up rotting on the vine. I've thought about horizontal growing, using wood lattice on a frame, maybe 3 or 4 feet high so I don't have to crawl under it to reach the fruit. Apparently tomatoes do well that way, since naturally they would spread on the ground, instead of up. Might make one 2 feet wide and 6 feet long, and hang a planter on each end and route the runners along the top of the lattice.
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I went the DELUXE route with the upside down duct tape version..

I know it'll be difficult, but please contain your envy..

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
Impressive, huh?
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On the subject of gardening in general I toss in wood shavings and sawdust to the soil quite often, but did learn a lesson about decomposing it. It requires a bit of nitrogen added to the soil to help things rot properly otherwise the shavings will tend to suck up most, if not all of the water and nutrients in the soil.
Last year when I first started doing it I could never keep the soil moist enough during the summer. This year with plenty of nitrogen added everything is growing like gangbusters. This stuff works great and is dirt cheap compared to many other commercial fertilizers commonly sold.
both of the big box lumber yards locally here carry it and you really can't add too much and burn up the soil..Well, I guess you could if you really tried, but it's just ground up fish guts..

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
Impressive, huh?
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That looks good to me! I made a similar 3 pole cage last year. I geeked it out with a 3D printed Finial.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Tre...nial-Assembly/



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