Trellis Falling Over
Saturday, 07 Jul 12 Cloudy 30°C / 86°F
When I erected the trellis this season, I knew I didn’t have it as snugly in the raised bed as I would have liked. But I’m disabled and my family doesn’t feel like helping me with tasks I can’t do without hurting myself. I didn’t want to ask a family member and I didn’t want to make my RSI flare up by pushing harder. I should have known better. Closing your eyes and hoping it all works out is not the best course when it’ll be so much harder to re-seat later.
So a couple days ago I noticed it was starting to lean. The ‘Amish Paste’ tomato is an utter monster, taking over everything in sight. It was started on its own bamboo pole, extended to another bamboo pole and just starting to lean on the trellis meant for the cucumber. Even that little leaning started pushing it over.
So I had to drag out the taller of the ladders (so I could get above it and let gravity do some of the work) and use a rubber mallet to try to seat it better. I couldn’t get it back where it should be but I did get it a little further into the ground. I had to take an 8’ bamboo pole and try to use that to brace the trellis further.
Then ice my arm afterwards.
A couple branches of the tomato got broken, which sucks because some of them had pollinated flowers on them. Oh well. Next time I know that it would be better to do a little pain early in the season than more pain mid-season.
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