This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

tomato supports

supports 9
supports 1 supports 3
supports 4
supports 5 supports 7
supports 6
supports 8 supports 11a
supports 11

While I was searching the community gardens for ripe tomatoes, I took pictures of all the different methods of supporting tomato vines that are in use in the plots. We have 100+ active lots now and its a great source of gardening information.

I think the best are the top photo. A traditional Italian design. (Its Gino's garden.) Simple. The wood posts hold the metal pipe and strings wrap around the vines. This is what I would like to try next year.

I always like the tepee structures too. The second large photo shows these. Someone has some very tall tepees. They look good. (They also have the white residue I assume is from spraying a fungicide.)

I can't quite figure out that the structure is in the third large photo. But the tomatoes seem happy.

Yes, those are my tomatoes in the last large photo. A rustic, make shift design. That's what happens when you start with tepees and then shift mid season to an upright design to let in more air and sun. Too much construction work. I'm looking forward to improving on this next year.


Belmont Victory Garden

tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum)

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5 Comments:

Blogger Space_Cowby said...

stop teasing and lets see the pics :-)

July 19, 2008 6:03 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

I'm even going to do a diagram, because I have pictures of 10 different designs that are really nice!

(patience..... I'm having a martini now, with dried cranberries and cucumbers)

July 19, 2008 7:20 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

OK. I've posted the photos finally. Sorry for the wait.

No diagram. I think the photos are better than I can draw.

July 19, 2008 11:04 PM

 
Blogger Flax Hill Gardener said...

One of my fellow community gardeners has a tomato support structure like your third large photo. I'm not sure how it works, but he did A LOT of study of tomato growing before starting his project. This type of structure must be in a book somewhere.

July 20, 2008 12:19 PM

 
Blogger Beth Clark-Demers said...

Hi- I'm wondering what you used for your "posts" - both vertical and horizonal. They look similar to Gino's vertical posts.

July 22, 2008 2:20 PM

 

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