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Susan 17Susan 17 Posts: 95

i have a metal framed greenhouse and my tomatoes were ok in grow bags with a cane support but they have shot up and are now too heavy for the supports.  I can't support from the roof there is nothing to hang them from, any ideas 

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  • Susan 17Susan 17 Posts: 95

    Oh and it has a stone base

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Can you fix lengths of wood across from eaves to eaves?  You could then hang strings from those.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    I drilled small holes through part of the frame and strung a length of strong galvanised garden wire along the length of each side.  Then it is easy to tie twine to the wire above each plant.  I'll upload a few photo's if you'd like to see how that works, Susan?image

    Not all frames are suitable but it should be possible on most of the common aluminium types.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    That sounds like a good idea Bob.  Might it be useful to paint the inside of each hole to prevent corrosion where the galvanising's missing...?

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    On a steel-framed greenhouse that would be the best thing to do, Steve.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Ah yes - they tend to be aluminium don't they?  I've had the luxury of a large hardwood greenhouse for a year and a half so I may  not be fully in touch with normal ones !

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    I'd love a wooden one Steve!  One day, maybe.. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,547

    If it's aluminium, take a look at Elite greenhouse spare parts. They sell special little split rings that slot into special bolts that then slot into the greenhouse frame.

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  • Susan 17Susan 17 Posts: 95

    Ok thanks for the help

  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    This is a link to what pansyface means http://www.twowests.co.uk/product/bolts-nuts-and-rings-pack-of-10

     

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