Posted on 20 January 2013 by tomatocasual.com
Photo Credit: Rustic Trellises by bluekkdesign used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
A long time ago, I learned a very valuable lesson when it comes to raising tomatoes and that is to trellis them up.
I have been guilty of planting my tomatoes and with good intentions planned on going back the next day and trellising them up.
As you can imagine sometimes life gets in the way but it is very important to trellis up your indeterminate tomato plants.
While this chore may bore you, the choices of trellising material can make that dreaded task more interesting.
1. Tomato Cage – An old-fashioned tomato cage is always a great choice when it comes to trellises. It is easy to use, reusable, and stores away quickly. The tomato plants are trained to grow inside this type of trellis. The wires going around the cage is what actually supports the tomato plant but ties can be added for additional support.
2. Wooden Stakes – Wooden stakes are another Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 27 May 2010 by tomatocasual.com
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
Tomatoes and people are very much alike.
During sometime of their life they need a little support.
People sometimes need financial support, sometimes moral support and sometimes physical support that only the touch of human can bring.
Tomatoes are much the same. We gardeners plant them in the best soil, feed them the best food and mulch them to keep them comfortable but after all that they still need support.
In the past years I have used many different types of supports from tomato cages, tomato stakes and a trellis last year. Each type of support had pros and cons and never really served my need.
My plants out grew my support much like human children but this year I am going to try something different. I am going to try an old chain link fence. I got this idea from a garden catalog that showcased a red plastic fence that could be used year after year.
To be honest it looked like the caution fencing used at construction sites and since I am an avid recycler I decided to try my chain link fencing as my tomato support this year. If you have interest in using this idea it is simple but if not there are some other ideas for supports below.
Chain Link Fence Support
1. Place post in ground where you Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 02 June 2008 by tomatocasual.com
By Kira Hamman
A hotly debated topic among tomato gardeners is how to keep those precious spheres off the ground.
Letting plants sprawl along the earth makes them more susceptible to pests and disease, not to mention that it makes harvesting the tomatoes harder.
But while everyone seems to agree that keeping tomato plants upright is the way to go, exactly how to do that is hardly unanimous.
Some people are cagers. They swear by those metal ice cream cone-shaped contraptions that you plunk over the seedlings while they’re Read the rest of this entry »