I know this is late in the season to be sharing a gardening tip; at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. But I also know the end of a season can be a good time to share a lesson and that many of our readers are South of the Equator and might find this one timely!
For the last few years, I’ve struggled staking tomatoes. I’ve tried every contraption available (and some that I made up on my own) and I’ve often wondered how large tomato operations deal with this. On a recent trip to Vickie’s Veggies (in Prince Edward Country, Ontario), I learned what she does:
Vicki has become a friend over the last few years; she’s also one of the amazing farmers that we buy food from regularly. She’s often got a giant smile and tries to push carrots onto unsuspecting market-goers. In addition to selling beautiful food, Vicki also sells ugly vegetables – something I wish more consumers would ask for and more farmers markets would sell (though many do a great job!)
The team drive stakes into the ground and run vinyl cord (it has a bit of give) the length of the field. You’ll notice that there are 3 sections of wire and that section has two lengths of cord so that it is easily separated and the tomatoes can grow between each.
The tomatoes are planted in rows so that they looks like fences when all is grown.
It seemed to be such an easy system and one that could be easily adapted for home use, so I thought I’d share!