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Home-Built Angle Iron Tomato Rack
Dewayne Kuharske was tired of his tomato cages falling over and breaking tomato vines just when they were starting to take off. He decided to weld up something to support them out of scrap angle iron. The resulting rack turned out bigger and heavier than he expected, but it works well, he says.
  I put wheels and a trailer hitch on to move it into the garden, says the Racine, Wis., gardener. He removes the wheels and hitch after he sets the 20-ft. long by 4-ft. tall angled rack up in his freshly-tilled garden. He slips 11 tomato cages inside the racks 1 by 2-ft. openings at the top.
  For watering, he ran a pvc pipe with holes inside the side support angle iron. He hooks up a hose to it to water all the tomatoes at once.
  Kuharske has enjoyed two seasons of good tomato harvests because of his sturdy rack, and the tomato cages have held up well. The vines grow about a foot above the rack and the tomatoes are easy to pick.
  To move it to prep the garden for another season, he slips the wheels onto one end, the hitch onto the other, and pulls it off the garden with his pickup.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dewayne Kuharske, 229 Fancher Rd., Racine, Wis. 53406 (ph 414 305-7144).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3