Originally Posted by GA Home Cook
Roll bones - I have about 50 tomato plants each year. the best thing I have found is 5' concrete wire. Cut it 48-60 inches long and zip tie it together. Just sit it over the plant and its done. Works great and lasts.
My neighbor makes wire rounds like you do. He said his were six inch squares. He welds his together. He does not use galvanized and IMO that is a mistake.
He cuts the bottom so he has spikes to push into the ground.
This is considered to be the best way to prop up tomato plants. At least it is here.
I know another guy who does nothing to his tomato's and he is just as successful as anyone else. They lay down then aim right back up. I saw his garden last year and not one tomato was touching the ground.
Funny how mother nature seems to know exactly what to do.
Originally Posted by GotGarlic
We started using fencing for tomatoes years ago. The indeterminate ones get so heavy, those little cages don't work well at all and I don't know who ever suggested using stakes - the tomato vines just slide down. You'll love the fencing
The cages are not all created equal. I do agree they can and do fall over. But in many instances, its operator error. They come in differing sizes and wire thickness.
My wife thought it was best to try and keep the growth inside the cage and that's exactly what you do not want to do.
The tomato plant needs to grow normally out through the wire cages and should not be trained to stay within the cage. This way the cage does not support to much weight.
Stakes were what was used for ages before these other options were available and no support was used before stakes.
Wooden stakes are what the local commercial farm uses. The wooden stakes do not allow slipping. I have even seen wooden stakes with notches cut into them for this reason.
Does anyone do their own soil testing? If so, what product do you use.
I know my extension office can do this for $6 per sample.
I would like to do this on my own and not have to get a sample and mail it off only to wait for the results.