Supporting Vegetables

Supporting and training vegetables to grow upright, away from the soil surface, takes up less space in the bed.
Support Options

A-frame structure

Vining crops such as peas and pole beans grow nicely on wire-covered A-frame structures. When the produce is ready for harvest, it will be within comfortable reach from either side.


Garden stakes

Support individual tomatoes or other tall plants by driving 8-foot stakes at least 12 inches into the ground. Plant a young transplant near each stake and loosely fasten its stem with soft strips of fabric.


Wire cages

Firmly insert wire cages into the soil to give tomatoes good support as well as access to air and light. Wide openings make it easy to pick the fruits.


Cucumber netting

Not all support structures need to be tall, such as this cucumber netting. Check seed packets and plant labels for information on the mature height.

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