Sunday, February 05, 2006

Tframe gardening question answered by the founder of the Food For Everyone Foundation

Question: The Mittleider Gardening Course has a chapter that includes directions for T-frames. Do I assume that there is one T at the end of each 30 foot row? Without any experience using this method it seems there would be sagging of the support wires under the weight of a heavy crop of tomatoes or melons

Answer: You're learning to grow tomatoes the way "the big boys" do it! And if you do it right, your yield will blow you (and your neighbors)


Your question was good, you need one T- Frame every 10 feet maximum. Then you can use heavy-gauge wire, galvanized steel pipe (1/2" is adequate) or even 2 X 4's on edge - between the t-Frames.

If you want to build a frame strong enough to support a plastic

covering in early spring and late fall, I recommend the 2 x 4's.

Then arch PVC on top using 45 degree slip fittings, and hang 6 mil

plastic over the entire structure for the world's least expensive



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