Excerpt from American Agriculturist, Volume 28, 1869
In the family garden it is almost impossible to get along
without some kind of support for the straggling tomato vines.
That the necessity for this exists is shown by the numerous
devices that have been sent to us, and which have from time
to time been published. The latest thing of this kind comes
from L. L. H. Terrebonne, La., and is shown in figure 1.
The rack is 10 feet long, and 3-1/2 feet high. If the ends
of the legs which go into the soil are covered with coal tar,
the frame will last several years. A friend of ours, who is
a tomato fancier, uses racks made of common laths, nailed
to rough inch stuff or even common bean poles, and put together
tent fashion, as in fig. 2.
may be tied together or fastened by a bit of wire. The superior
quality of the fruit and the greater ease with which it can
be gathered will abundantly repay the small amount of labor
required to provide some kind of rack or trellis.
Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published in
It describes what was recommended in accordance with the knowledge
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