How To: Make Tomato Ladders with IKEA Salvia Trellis

How To: Make Tomato Ladders with IKEA Salvia Trellis

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Cambria Bold
Jun 12, 2009

Re-nest reader Olivia (otherwise known as Powered by Tofu) sent us in a great How-To she just did:

Ladder or cage? The great debate. I have been obsessing over the idea of using tomato ladders rather than cages this year. I've heard they're great for smaller spaces (like raised beds) because they help the plant grow up rather than out...Insert my seemingly endless supply of IKEA Salvia trellises, which I bought on clearance last year, for $3. I copied the concept of a tomato ladder with pieces of the trellis. Each ladder uses six Salvia trellis squares (there are nine square in a pack)...

Jump below for her How-To Instructions!

How To Do It:

1. Hook together three pieces of the trellis with the middle piece on the "outside." This is one side of the trellis.
2. Attach the lower and middle pieces of the other side by slipping them through the square part of the first side and interlocking them. Repeat with the top piece.
3. Use zip ties to hook the middle vertical sections together. This helps strengthen the ladder since the top and bottom corners of the trellis are loose.
4. Insert the lower angled pieces into the ground and drive small stakes or pins into the ground to anchor the ladder.

Head over to Powered by Tofu to get the rest of the instructions and more pictures!

Thanks, Olivia!

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