My tomatoes WAY outgrew their 5' high stakes this year. I finally got the seed starting and timing right, so the "Florida weave" style staking I've been doing the last couple years only worked until about July when this year's plants started topping 7' and higher. I just let them go, but now the branches are bending from the weight. I need a taller staking system next year.
I was thinking about making arbors using cattle panels and rebar or T stakes. I don't know if anyone here has seen pictures, but I've seen photos of them used for green beans and other vines. Has anyone tried them for tomatoes?
I think my only concern is if the cattle panels would be sturdy enough to handle the weight of tomatoes. What else might I be missing here?
Here is a link that might be useful: Some photos from the Garden Junk forum