Luckily my tomatoes are doing well this year. In fact they are outgrowing their trellises which are about 6 ft tall.
We still have months left in the growing season, so it's time to extend the trellises. I have been fantasizing about an arched-shaped trellis covered in tomatoes since last winter. I built the arch using wire concrete reinforcement panels. They are approximately 4 ft x 7 ft and are made of rigid wire with a 4 inch grid.
I attached the wire sheets onto my trellises and reinforced the center with 1 x 2's.
This trellis is ten feet long so I used two wire panels. I attached the panels to the outermost horizontal 1 x 2's using wire.
It was clear that the arch needed to be supported in the middle so I used a
1 x 2 that's about 6 feet long. I put it at the center of the arch and held it up with two vertical posts. At the highest point, it is about 7 ft high.
We have to be careful not to kick the vertical posts when we walk underneath. Sometime later, I may wire it together at the top for more stability, but for today, this is how it stands...ready for the tomatoes to grow.
...and it's all worth it for this.