Clever Gardening Technique
A Slanted Trellis for Tomatoes
Tomato cages work great but the homemade cylinders can take up a lot of storage space during the off-season. Slanted trellises work great and are very easy to store. Start with a galvanized livestock panel. These are available from farm supply stores and are typically about 4 to 4-1/2 feet tall and 16 feet long, constructed of 1/4-inch thick, galvanized metal wire. Cost is about $16, which equals about $1 per foot of trellis. They last forever. Use a bolt cutter to cut a panel into 2 or 3 sections for easy handling. Drive a metal post into the ground at each end and simply lean the panels against the post at a 60- to 70-degree angle. Then plant tomatoes or other vining veggies beneath the slanted panel near its base. The plants grow up through the panel and are easily to lay back onto the panel if they fall forward. This forms a wall of foliage with excellent sun exposure and virtually no work in training. At the end of the season the vines are easy to remove, and the flat panels store in a minimum of space.
Composting For Kids
Composting For Kids is a Web site I put together to teach kids (and adults) how to build a compost pile to turn landscape trash into soil-building treasure. While visiting this site, also check out the Just for Kids page.