What you'll need.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009 15:59 Laura Crichton

Here is everything you'll need to get started.



Chalk line

Measuring Tape

Saw (Hand or Jigsaw works fine)



5/8 drill bit (not SpeedBore….the duller the better!)

3/16 drill bit

20 ft of 1/2 inch Pex tubing per Tormato

10 ft x1 1/4 PVC (8 ft will work fine if that is how your store sells it. 10 ft is more common)

Hands – Two works best for me.


Snap a line!

Thursday, 28 May 2009 12:00 Laura Crichton


Snap a chalkline down the length of the PVC. This will serve as a guide when it comes to drilling the holes, and keep all the holes roughly on the same side of the PVC.





Thursday, 28 May 2009 12:11 administrator


If you are going to be putting an end cap on for the trellising system, mark 3 inches from the top of the PVC. All measurements will then go from here. If you are not planning on doing the trellis, skip this steps and all measurements will be made from the end of the PVC. I highly recommend not skipping this step…even if you're not using the trellis now, you may want to try later!




Measure and mark for the drilling of holes. Please see "Considerations" for how far apart to space your holes. Remember to stay on your chalk line!!




Thursday, 28 May 2009 12:29 administrator



Drill holes with the 5/8 drill bit. Remember to stay on the top (the chalkline) and drill straight up and down!! Do not apply too much pressure, or the PVC may crack and take out a large chunk! Let the drill do the work and do NOT force it.



Drill all the way through the other side. The pex will be sliding through here.



Now you have something resembeling a very large flute! Go back with the drill and make sure your holes are round, but do NOT take off too much PVC. The PVC will be holding the Pex firmly in place, so you do not want this to be a loose fit!



Thursday, 28 May 2009 12:40 administrator




Start threading the tubing! Select a hole that is roughly in the center and thread roughly half of the tubing through it. It may be tempting to start at one end and work toward to the other, but I've found this to be the easy way!


Keep on threading!!



Spend a little time adjusting the loops, and it should look something like this!!



There! Almost done!  Just a few more simple steps! (and they are S.I.M.P.L.E)

Cut the bottom end off at a 45 degree angle, roughly 16-18 inches from the last loop. You've just make a giant Tormato Stake!


If you are going to use the tormato as a nourishment system for the plant, drill some small holes in the area between the last (bottom) loop and the bottom of the tormato.

deliver nutrients

Also drill a hole farther up the stake to insert your feeding system of choice.

nutrients pt2small

Last step!! 
Cut roughly 4" of your scrap PVC and drill a hole near the end to put the trellis string through. Place the elbow tightly on the top of the Tormato, and put the 4" piece you just cut into the other end of the elbow. It'll look like this when you're done!!


3 thoughts on “Instructions!!

  1. This is ingenious!  much better than tomatoe cages.  something I don't understand about how you are integrating the feeding system. Are you run in the water and nutrients down the pic and then letting them leech into the soil?

    1. Hi Gage,

      The feeding system works simply through gravity–you’ve got it exactly right.  Feed through the PVC tube into the ground.  “If you are going to use the tormato as a nourishment system for the plant, drill some small holes in the area between the last (bottom) loop and the bottom of the tormato.”

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