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tomato plant supports

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We use the “Florida weave” method for trellising our tomato plants.  This year we added some thick bamboo poles to our existing stash of untreated 1x1s, which don’t last too long stuck in the soil.  You can find a more detailed description here, but all we do is stick supports in the ground every couple feet, wrap string or twine around the posts to secure, and then weave the twine around the plants.  We add more lengths of string every 8-10 inches in a ladder-like fashion up the posts as the plants grow.  We can also tuck vines up into the twine when they start to sag or get too close to the ground.

This method has worked really well for us, and has allowed us to get enough light down to the top of the beds so that our sweet potato plants can thrive.

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Written by gardenfile

June 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm

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  1. I just recently read about the florida weave method in organic gardening magazine. Fun to hear of someone doing it! I think I might try that this year. Last year’s trellising felt so clumsy.

    abby

    June 18, 2012 at 2:04 am

    • We have found it pretty easy and adaptable. I wanted to get away from the cages – those don’t seem to work for us for some reason.

      gardenfile

      June 18, 2012 at 6:59 am

  2. I have used stronger and stronger string each year since 2008 until I just now reach for 550-pound test parachute cord. A loaded tomato plant can blow over almost everything else if the wind is right.

    Jimmy Cracked-Corn

    June 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    • Wow – that’s some strong wind! We tend to stick to roma and cherry-type plants, so they haven’t been too heavy yet. But I’ll keep parachute cord in mind :)

      gardenfile

      June 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm


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