Friday, May 22, 2009
My way or the highway
Over the past few years, tomatoes have been the center piece of my garden. I bet many of you feel that way about your garden. Tomatoes are the most versatile fruit when it comes to canning. we can store much more "needed" food stuff when we have a bounty of tomatoes.
But then there is that issue of trellising them. Should you are shouldn't you. And if you shall, how?
Trellising has it's benefits. Helps keep your fruit off the ground. Allows you to plant a little more tightly, helps the fruit grow larger. But how to go about trellising, what really works?
Their are several ways to train and trellis tomatoes. Most of the time however, without proper pruning, trellising just doesn't seem to work. At least for me. And most of the plant will end up on it's side at one point or another. I have done field fencing, tomato cages, large sticks tied together, you name it, I have tried it, and have never been completely happy with the out come.
Don't get me wrong, I do manage to harvest quantities of tomatoes, but most lay on the ground. Either because the weight of the plant was more than the trellis could hold, or that ever present Kansas wind has kicked up it's heels. Tomatoes do seem to be of the mind set that it is their way or the highway with you.
This year we are going to put that free rebarb to work. We can sink it into the ground deeper, it it strong, and hopefully this will help. With a little construction grade fencing, we might actually have a winner.
What type of trellising have you found successful for your tomatoes?