|Project by kindman||posted 06-09-2014 07:01 PM||11992 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
With the success of my raised bed vegetable garden, my (indeterminate) tomatoes have grown MUCH taller. The wooden stakes I bought just weren’t doing the job, especially towards the end of summer when my plants exceeded the five foot mark.
I promised in the end of my “Raised Bed Vegetable Garden” Project to show my method of supporting these seven foot plus monsters. My veggie beds are 4ft. x 8ft.
Six 8 ft. – 1×3s
Two 8 ft. – 1×2s
Two 1 ½” carriage bolts w/ nuts and washers
Twelve 2” deck screws
Four 1 ½” deck screws
Exterior latex paint
Stack four of the 1×3s and measure the halfway point of the length, drill a hole in the center of this spot through all four boards. Take two boards and put a carriage bolt through with the washers and nuts. Don’t tighten too much… you will want to open them like scissors.
Repeat for the other two boards that you drilled. Now you have the two “X” ends.
On the top end of the two “X”s, cut a slot 3/4” deep and perpendicular to the ground approximately the width of the 1×3s.
On the remaining two 1×3s you will be notching on ONE side near the ends. This notch will be used to slip onto the top of the “X”.
This may sound a bit confusing… but please refer to the photos to get an idea of what I mean.
Because my notches aren’t perfect, I usually use a rubber mallet to “convince” them they fit together. Check the fit prior to assembly.
Start assembly with the “X”s on the ends of your raised beds. Spread them out like open scissors and secure them with the 2” deck screws to the inside end of your bed.
Add your notched spreaders to the top of the “X”s.
For additional stability, I add the two 1×2s (with the 1 ½” deck screws) about 1/3rd the way between the top of my raised bed to the carriage bolt.
Disassemble all and give it all at least two heavy coats of exterior latex. Let dry and re-assemble.
Tie the twine on the top spreader, let it drop, and secure it to the bottom 1×2. Put these drops of twine approximately where you intend to plant your plants. As the plant grows, you can twist it around the twine (or even tie the plant to the twine)
If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message, or post a comment.
Good luck and enjoy.
-- Kindman in Rhode Island