Since I'm cutting way back on my tomato plants this season, I think
I'll try a different method to support the plants. I use the green
steel fence posts that you buy at any hardware store 5' tall. All the
other years I used a single stake per plant which worked ok but constant
tying here and there is necessary and some branches still break due to
the weight of the fruit. Since I'll have an excess of fence posts this
season, I plan to put 3 stakes around each plant in the shape of a
triangle. I'll run parachute cord from stake to stake at several
different heights. It should work kind of like a tomato cage except
much stronger as each stake will be a foot or more into the ground and
the cross members will be of parachute cord and not wire. Each stake
forming the triangle, I'll place eight or nine inches from the plant.
By doing this, I think that I may be able to get as big a harvest even
though I'm setting out half the amount of plants. When using a single
stake, I would prune the plant in order to have one or two main stems.
I should now be able to allow at least four main stems per plant. I do
realize the size of the fruit may not be as large but the volume of
fruit should surpass the difference. Any opinions on this idea?
Rich from PA zone 5-6
On Dec 28, 12:16 am, White firstname.lastname@example.org (EVP MAN) wrote:
The Amish around here, DE run 2 lines of fencing about 5' tall and
about 18" to 2'
apart and grow between them. They remove lots of the leaves, and their
vines are loaded with 'maters. Easy to reach and totally in view.
Yes, I can see where that would work very well provided your plants are
all in a straight row. But for my purpose, I need a support method for
each individual plant. I'd also like to utilize the stakes and
parachute cord which I already have on hand :)
The breaking strength on parachute cord in 550 lbs. If you soak the
cord in water for a short while before you use it, the cord will shrink
a small amount. The cord is about 3/16" in diameter. The problem I had
when I used the store bought wire tomato cages was that the branches of
my plants would bend down over the wire cage and snap off. I think the
problem with the cages is the fact that the wire doesn't have any give
to it and the branches tend to break instead. The parachute cord will
indeed have some give and it's a bit heaver in diameter also. Hopefully
this should work better than the cages. I'll also drive the steel
stakes into the ground at least a foot or more which should make a good
In my heading I had (nanzi) and that was who I was responding to. I use
web tv to post and not a computer. Perhaps things look different in
this discuss group to those who use computers. On my web tv, it all
looks very normal just as it should and it's very clear who I respond
to. I usually don't respond at all to rude people but just wanted to
clear this up for others who may use the group!
I tried webtv when it first appeared, like 20 years ago. You were
able to quote then but needed to know how to manipulate their
keyboard... now I understand that quoting is even easier. The only
reason webtv'ers don't quote is the same that some pc users don't trim
posts, pure laziness.
No problem on my end! This isn't such a huge traffic group that we can't
figure it out. I'd rather have you here even if your posting isnt the same
as the big groups use (which is very hard to do with Web TV I gather).
I think the idea will work fine, as others have pointed out. As to your
last observation, yes - that is a likely bet, and has been my
experience, too. I'll trade many medium size fruits for few very large
fruits every time. Since I grow a large-fruited tomato to begin with, I
still get lots of fruits of tennis ball size.
I just click respond to the post I'm reading. I have to type in on the
subject line myself.
I just responded to your post but now I'll go up and remove Brooklyn
from the subject line before I hit send.
The people who create groups using web tv are considered the group
owner. The group owner can also ban trouble makers from using his or
her group. Once a ban is in place, the person can read the posts but
they can't post or respond to others in the group. It's kind of a shame
this group don't seem to have a owner with the same web tools.
Web tv must not ad a portion of the thread I respond to. It doesn't do
it automatically or give me that option. The only choice I have is to
read a thread and then hit respond and let web tv do it's thing......LOL
That's why I type the persons nick in the subject line at times to let
them know I'm responding to their post. I'd rather grow and eat matters
also :) .............. Rich
"There should be", but web-tv is crippled on purpose. It is designed
to be easy to use, like a tv-set, and you only get a few lines of text
at a time. Of course this "ease of use" makes it very difficult to do
anything other than the few easy tasks.
Really can't make sauce from cherry/salad tomatoes, they contain way
too much water... I tried, they need to be cooked so long to reduce
that it no longer tastes anything like tomato.... I remember simmering
that 27 quart pot for more than 30 hours.... a total waste of time,
effort, energy, and tomatoes.
it is the auto spell checker, for quick messages I often do not reread.
More often than not the auto spell checker works great. I am also getting
use to my new glasses with these so called progressive lenses. It sucks
getting old. As I rock in my chair and type this message, blurry.. Clear..
Blurry... Clear... Keep head still !!!
Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)
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