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jbfan 03-26-2012 07:32 PM

Tomato stakes/cages
I have tried all the store bought types of cages and stakes.

I know someone has a homemade version that is better.

What do you use for your tomato's?

creeper 03-26-2012 07:47 PM

The cone shaped tomato cages work well for me. In fact, I use them for all kinds of stuff.
Giant zinnias are spectacular and the cage makes a perfect support. After the giants I'll never bother with dahlias again

Thunder Chicken 03-26-2012 07:52 PM

We have a small raised garden. I put two 7 ft. steel posts into the ground on either end and mounted some 4" by 4" wire fencing between them over the bed, secured with zip ties. We just plant the tomatoes next to it and tie it up with sisal as needed. It is much higher than cages and it keeps good airflow around the plants so we don't have mold problems, and it is easy to pick and clean. We also do climbing cucumbers on this fence.

creeper 03-26-2012 08:17 PM

Good idea. I grow peas on the same sort of rack

worsley22 06-13-2012 11:38 AM

Tomato Stakes
I usally use the Cone shape stakes, and they work well, this Year we planted more Tomatoes, and built cages somewhat Like Thunder chicken did, works well, and Like he said keeps great air flow to the Plant. My qustion is its been so dry here, No Rain in several weeks, Should I water my Tomatoe Plants? I had an Old timer tell me not to, But They look wilted Bad. I not sure they are going to produce any Tomatoes. What ones it has looks very small.

Dave :(

Thunder Chicken 06-13-2012 09:41 PM

If they are wilting and the soil is definitely dry (dig in about an inch and check), then yes, give them a drink. Tomatoes know what to do with it.

user1007 06-14-2012 01:22 AM

People always seem reluctant to thin fruit and veges. Doing so will adapt your tomato plants better to whatever frame or support system and will give the plants natural stem structures more of a chance. You may not get as many tomatoes but you will get nicer ones and hopefully a better yield over all and pound for pound if you cull them out now.

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