For the past few years I've used a mish-mash of supports for the tomatoes. I've always thought they could be more aesthetically pleasing.
So, sometime last summer I came across these photos from Skippy's Vegetable Garden and "borrowed" them. I hope she doesn't mind that I'm using them now! BTW - Skippy isn't the gardener, Skippy is the dog. Unfortunately, I don't know the gardener's name, other that she's a she, but I wish I did. I just love the way she has laid out her garden.
The photo on the left shows the supports used in Skippy's world. The photo on the right shows a neighbor's tomato trellis system.
I really like the simple look of the "tepees" used on the left, and the metal dowel strung through boards on the right is also very clean. Both would be simple and inexpensive to construct.
The only problem in my garden is that I have beds in two different shapes. The beds in the upper garden are generally rectangular. The lower garden beds are triangular with each side being about equally long. (What are those types of triangles called again? Didn't I learn anything in grade school? Oh, that's right, those are equilateral triangles - whew!).
So, as I rotate my tomatoes through the garden, the type of support that would work in each bed changes. That would mean that anything I build may or may not work the following year. But, does that really matter? These would be so easy and cheap to build that I could build one type this year and another type next year.
Food for thought . . . . And thanks to Skippy's Garden for serving up such wonderful ideas!