Since we have been growing tomatoes we have been experimenting with the best way to support them. Tomatoes are a staple crop in the garden beloved by most everyone. As we increase the number of plants we grow each year the ever haunting question of how best to support them comes up again and again.
In the past we have caged our tomatoes using concrete reinforcing wire (5 ft tall). This works well for a few plants but can turn expensive when you start getting into the hundreds of plants. For the past few years we have been staking our tomatoes and then tying them to the stake periodically but this can be very time consuming and farming is one of those ventures that need to be streamlined as much as possible.
If you do a search online for tomato support systems you will find as many ideas are there are people growing tomatoes. Some seem to work ok and some seem ridiculously complex but may work for a few plants in your backyard.
We will have somewhere around 375 tomato plants in the beds this year so we are now moving to what commercial tomato growers use......the basket weave method. Hopefully it will work well and keep those juicy fruit off the ground out of the reach of the hungry microbes and insects.
How do you support your tomatoes? Do you have a unique way that works for you?
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )