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Photo by Annabelle Breakey

An A-frame trellis gives tomatoes or squash plenty of room to climb—and at the end of the season, can be folded flat for storage.

Constructing one requires only some basic hardware-store supplies and an hour or so:

Make the 8-foot-long frames from 2-by-2s.

Reinforce the corners with metal braces, then link the two sections together with 3-inch cabinet hinges.

Finally, use fence staples to attach 6-inch wire mesh to the frame.

Soon, you'll be swimming in tomatoes.

Illustration by Margaret Sloan

 

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