Make it Grow: Clay Tomato Spiral Supports

red pot, red tomatoes, red support

Clay Tomato Spiral Supports –

I have a love-hate relationship with my apartment, lucky readers,

because I love that I don’t have room to accumulate junk, and I also hate that I don’t have room to accumulate junk. This became a problem when my little tomato plants finally started taking off. I don’t have room to buy tomato cages! and I hate the idea of throwing such a thing away after the season is over…but my plants were actually unrooting themselves, so I had to do something.

Then one day I was walking to the park and saw these adorable, colorful tomato spirals in front of an equally adorable house, in which most certainly lives a real green thumb…and I thought, “why can’t I make one of these???!” So much easier to store, and not a big metal eye-sore. Also I love any excuse I get to go to Ace Hardware and to Michaels, so there’s that….

DISCLAIMER: This post is most definitely designed for small 1-pot gardeners like myself. I would not recommend these for anything other than cherry tomatoes or other tiny, indeterminate varieties – you’ll definitely want something stronger for anything heavier or bushier.

I just needed a sufficient guide for my plants to cling to so that they wouldn’t hang over the edge, and I was able to do it for about $5 a piece, so I thought I’d share!

Let me know how it works for you, fellow tomato enthusiasts! Pictures welcome!

xoπŸ€,
lindsey mae

PS and as always, you can follow me on Instagram to stay up to date on all of my random projects

Clay Tomato Spiral Supports How- To

Materials

16 Gauge Galvanized Steel Wire
2 – 4oz packages oven bake clay

Instructions

Step 1 –
Uncoil 15-17 loops of wire (You should be able to stretch this to about 3 to 3.5 feet without compromising the structure too much), use wire cutters or good old fatigue (think bending a paper clip back and forth) to cut

Step 2-

Shape your spiral:

Straighten about 12″ on one end – this will be the end you stake into the soil
Gently adjust the coils so that those closest to the straight end are the largest, and get progressively smaller until you get to the top coils
Lengthen the coiled wire to a height of about 3 to 3.5 feet

Step 3-

take a small section of clay and roll it into a long slim cylinder about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick (thicker clay will lead to a firmer, more supportive spiral), and push a segment of the wire into the middle, starting at the tip


tip of tomato spiral pushed into clay
Pressing the wire into the clay


smoothing clay around wire
After pressing the wire into the clay, I smoothed it around the entire wire until nothing remained exposed


Step 4-

Continue this process until you have covered the entire spiral in wire, except for the bottom coil and the stake portion

Step 5-

Bake the entire coil per package directions (15 minutes per 1/4″ thickness at 275˚C)


baked tomato spiral support in red
My “Tomato Red” Support for red tomatoes!!! πŸ˜€


purple/blue/green tomato spiral
I made this one a little thicker – it’s not as springy so I’m using it for my taller plants


Step 6-

firmly plant stake/bottom coil at the base of your tomatoes. My tomatoes cling to these tomato spiral supports – I hope this works just as well for you!


blue tomato support in tomato planter


tomato spiral support in pot
I had to twist my plants around it a bit, but all is working well


red pot, red tomatoes, red support
I love all these matching reds πŸ™‚


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