Monday, June 27, 2011

Trellised Tomatoes

Saturday Clint and I decided it was high time we tamed our tomato patch. . . it was literally taking over the peppers!  We weren't sure what we were going to do, so Clint looked some stuff up online and found a method that seems to be working so far - trellises for tomatoes.

Most of our garden, with the tomatoes in the center back.
 Basically, the idea is, you put a fence post at each end of your tomato row and string wire between the two at various heights, creating a trellis.

All neat and tidy now.
 Mostly, we just wove the tomatoes to the north side of the trellis, knowing they'll be trying to head back south again soon enough, but some of the more stubborn ones we had to use twisty ties on.

Twisty ties are lifesavers

Overall, it really helped to bring some order to our tomato patch.  Thank goodness!  It was just getting a little wild.  I would definitely recommend to get it in place while the tomatoes are still little, though, so it's easier to train them, as they grow up.

In Other News. . . .

The cabbage is getting eaten mercilessly.
Go away slugs, cutworms and cabbage beetles!
The second planting of corn and beans is up.
(The first planting got eaten by the chickens)
We also bought some lavender on Saturday.  We got it to help attract bees to the
garden, but bonus!  It's pretty, smells good, and seems to help clear Clint's
allergy-induced stuffiness.  Yay for lavender!

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  1. That is so neat! There are some people in town that trellis their tomatoes. We might try that next year. Your garden looks great!

  2. We did something similar with our tomatoes this year. We put steaks around the outside of the area they're planted - but instead of just on the ends, we put a one in the middle on each side too, and then used kitchen twine to tie each post to the other, looping down and catching drooping limbs when necessary. As the plants have gotten taller, we have added another row of twine. I put small self drilling screws in at three heights on each steak so the twine couldn't silp down. So far it's working great.

  3. Yay for the lavender! And other pollinator attractors. And that tomato trellising looks like a pretty good idea.

  4. Thanks for the great comments everyone! I love hearing from you all!!