Tomatoes. Is there anything better than a fresh, homegrown, summer tomato? Probably not. As far as gardening goes, they are my personal holy grail.
Last summer I didn’t get ANY tomatoes from our garden. Well, I got a few tiny green tomatoes….I made a salsa with them. But this year, I’m shooting for a much better tomato harvest.
I planted 5 different types of tomatoes this year – big ones, small ones, yellow ones, purple ones. And you know what?? Some of them are starting to grow!
I am so thrilled.
But here’s the thing. If you’ve done much reading about growing tomatoes, then you’ll know that there are a million ways to support tomato plants – and here’s a big hint, the tomato cage is pretty much universally hated amongst seasoned gardeners. At least as far as I can tell from my time on the interwebs, anyway.
Sure, you see tomato cages all over the nurseries and garden centers, but you know what? Unless you’re growing just one tomato plant, those cages become costly, and kind of cumbersome. And from my meager experience last spring, they really didn’t do a terrific job of supporting my tomato plants. Better than nothing? Absolutely. But I knew there had to be a better way. I wanted an easy way to stake tomatoes.
So I didn’t use tomato cages this year.
Instead I went with something super easy, super simple, super cheap, and easy to store for next season. Winning!
I used bamboo stakes and garden twine. That’s it.
It’s appropriately called The Florida Weave. And you know what? So far, so good. I’ve really been loving this easy way to stake tomatoes.
So how do you do it? It’s easy. I’ll show you!
If you’ve planted your tomato plants in a row, all you do is place a stake in between each tomato plant.
Once those are all in place, you tie on end of your twine to the bottom of the first stake, then weave it around the first tomato plant, tie or twist around the second stake, weave it around the next tomato plant, and so on until you reach your last stake and tie off the twine.
Repeat that process all the way up the tomato plants, weaving the twine alternately in the front and the back of the tomato plants to offer it support.
The beauty of this method is that you can do it progressively through the season as the tomato plant grows and requires more support. And, it’s so much easier to tend to, and harvest from, your tomato plants. No more reaching through tomato cages! And one more bonus, it takes up less space in the garden – and the garden shed! When the growing season is over all you’ll have to do is untie the twine and wrap it around the stakes, then tuck it into a corner of the shed until next year.
I’m seriously loving this tomato staking method. It’s so easy.
And that, my friends, is just this pregnant mama’s style right now! So here’s to some delicious fresh tomatoes this summer!
So what about you? How do YOU support your tomato plants??