How To Train A Plant Up A Trellis | Straw Bale Gardening

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In an earlier post, I showed how to build a system of trellis’ in your garden for your plants to grow up. Today, I am going to show you how to train your plants so that they use the trellis and maximize your crop.

This post is part of a series on straw bale gardening. We are following Joel Karsten’s book Straw Bale Gardening. We are growing our first straw bale garden and letting you know how it goes.In the 2015 Dan330 straw bale garden, we started with a archway into our garden that is acting like a tomato trellis and a cucumber trellis. We also built a bean trellis, and designed a wall in the back of the garden for tomatoes to grow up. Today, I am showing you how to train your plants as they grow up.


The process of training a plant on a trellis is very simple. All you do is take the new growth and weave it through your trellis. As the plant grows, it will stiffen up and you will be able to continue training the new growth, shaping it to your trellis for the rest of the summer. Training your plant is not a daily chore, but something that needs to be done once a week or so. Once you start your garden, you will get a good handle on how fast it grows and you will pick up on the frequency need very quickly.

training a tomato plant on a trellis
training a tomato plant on a trellis

I show you how easily I am training my plants in the video below. This video shows a cucumber vine and a tomato on my entryway arch.

Training your plant’s on a trellis is very easy and will help give you plants plenty of sun, airflow, and will help keep the vegetables off of the ground where they are more likely to rot.

Let us know how your garden is doing below. Thanks for reading!

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Chris Ashbach is one of the founders of Dan330. Chris is a pilot and avid outdoorsman who loves fishing, hunting, camping, and exploring. He loves taking kids (especially his own) on trips to share his passion of the outdoors. Chris is also a gardener, volunteers at Let's Go Fishing, and teaches Sunday school. Chris holds a MA in Organizational Leadership and is faculty at a local university in Minnesota; teaching undergraduate business classes.