The Perfect Tomato Stakes

June 18, 2009Katie

By Katie


I don’t call him Mr. Wonderful for nuttin!

Yesterday I asked him if he could come up with a way to stake my tomatoes without using cages.  These (not so little) guys were getting big enough that their weight was causing them to flop over.


I really hate fighting with the wire cages and all their bulkiness, and well, they make your yard look kind of ugly.

When I came home last night from work, this is what I found outside.


My husband is one of those people who has a way of solving problems that is always very practical.  He can look at a situation, and within minutes have the fix.

Then I say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” to myself and hug him.

Simple PVC pipe, at 85 cents for a 10 foot section from our local hardware store was cut into pieces.  Here’s the cool thing – he drilled 3 holes at different heights so that the twine we use to tie them to the stakes could be threaded through the holes.  This solves the “slippage” problem I’ve had in the past with stakes, where the twine slides down the stake. He also cut the bottoms to a point by shaving off about 2 inches on one side so they’d easily go into the ground

Cool huh?

Right now we have twine through the first 2 holes, but this one up top will be used as well, when the plants grow that tall.


I love the way my man thinks…Honey, if you’re reading this, thanks babe! You’re the best!


Please leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!



  • Diane Rath

    June 18, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Hey Katie! Sounds familiar . . . Ron built me a pole pea/sweet pea trellis out of PVC & string - $30 online (not including shipping) and w/out the string:) I too am thankful for my resourceful husband!!!
    1. dishinanddishes

      June 18, 2009 at 2:22 pm

      Diane! Great minds think alike! Now about those sweet peas...I think I might need to branch outward from my tomatoes...
  • Diane Rath

    May 21, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Hey Katie, I know I've asked you this before, but I didn't write it down. Ron's getting ready to make my tomato stakes - how tall should he make them? I remember you thought they should be a little taller. Thanks- D

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