Farm Glance: My makeshift tomato trellising system

I blinked and a month went by. I'm not going to apologize this time. I've been busy, and it's not like all you people out there--all you people in the fantasy in my head who want to send in photos of your farming techniques--have been sending me any ideas. I didn't get a single submission since my last post. I know, I know. We're all so overworked as it is. But maybe it's more than that. Maybe this idea of a place for farmers to share their ideas is dumb, or at least, impractical? I'd love to have a more of a sense of whether that's true. So please, dear reader, indulge this simple request: fill out the very quick and simple form below, so I can figure out if all I'm doing is beating a dead horse.[formidable id=9]

So. I'll continue to use this space to share some of my own ideas, which no doubt are not nearly as groundbreaking as the ones you've been so buttoned-up about. So let's talk trellising.

Vanessa and I are in the first year of our own garden business. Our revenue target is small, so our budget for expenses was really small. Which has meant a lot of making-do until next year's budget. For trellising we offered a local snake charmer one of our veggie boxes if he would make our tomatoes stand up straight but he hissed at our offer. So this is what we did instead:

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So.  We had a bunch of low row-tunnel hoops lying around that were made using Johnny's Seeds' Quick Hoops Low Tunnel Bender.  So we crossed two over each other at intervals down double-rows of tomatoes.  I drilled holes near the apex of the hoops and then ran some really strong cord (I ordered some brand-name paracord online) down the length of the system.  I then hung a piece of hay-baling twine above each plant to allow them to climb.  These hoops are only about 40" high, but they're very sturdy so I figure I"ll be able to pound in an 8' T-bar at each end of the bed and string a line between them to allow for more climbing while the hoops bear most of the weight.

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That is all.  If any of you want to send me your own trellising ideas, or any other ideas, you can do so below.  I'll be happy to update this post.  Think your trellis system is blasé? Here's the thing: there are many youngish or newish farmers like me who grew up in the city and so are unfamiliar with techniques you take for granted.  Upload form below.  Thanks for reading.