Last spring we completed my raised bed stack stone garden. It served as an incredible place for me to try my hand at growing vegetables. I planted green peppers, strawberries, onions, basil, oregano, jalapeños, and 9 tomato plants. Yup, you read that right N-I-N-E tomato plants in three different varieties. To be fair, most of the plants looked very sad and I really thought half of them would die. Much to my surprise they not only lived but they thrived to insane proportions and produced over 2 bushel, which is equivalent to over 100 lbs of tomatoes. That’s a whole lot more than I expected! I was knee deep in tomatoes and quickly taught myself how to can tomato sauce.
Last year I chose to stake the tomatoes using 5′ plastic garden stakes and garden support tape. It worked great for a little while but when the tomatoes got to a certain size, the stakes started to bend from the weight of the plants.
This year I am doing things differently to make sure my plants get the full support they need for their growing bodies .
Planting and Staking Your Tomatoes [Read more...]