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Ways to stake tomatoes?

Discussion in 'Gardening On Your Homestead' started by tortoise, Apr 9, 2018.

  1. Apr 9, 2018
    Wannabefree

    Wannabefree Little Miss Sunshine

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    Okay I had to look up Florida Weave too...that's what I do with T posts and baking twine, only the instructions I saw said 2 plants between the posts..I do 4. Didn't know it was called that...didn't even know it had a name :idunno
     
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  2. Apr 9, 2018
    Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie Almost Self-Reliant

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    roger that. We take soil out of the big garden after first till, mix in some goat or dried pig poo. At the end of the season we just empty the pots back into the big garden. Repeat.
    We do this for bell pepper too. As well as cucumbers. Green onion, radish.. as so on.
    All these are from containers. Lazy H Farm Goodies (32).jpg Lazy H Farm Goodies (55).jpg Lazy H Farm Goodies (52).jpg Lazy H Farm Goodies (51).jpg
    Now corn, potatoes yellow onions, beans, lettuces, etc.... are in the big garden.
    I don't have any recent garden stuff to post yet. Season is just beginning. But I have a ton of seeds started.
     
  3. Apr 10, 2018
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    Awesome that they do so well in pots for you. Hope mine follow suit!
     
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    CrealCritter

    CrealCritter Super Self-Sufficient

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    You take such pretty pictures. I do the same to polinate but I thump the tee posts with the palm of my hand. Morning seems like he best time to polinate, just after the dew dries off the leaves.

    I've never had much luck with pots though, it seemed like I had to play momma and water them daily. I would rather much put them in the ground instead of pots.
     
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    CrealCritter

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    I most definitely noticed a big difference when I stopped using the 2x4 galvanized fence. I'm not a plant scientist and I didn't even stay in a holiday inn express last night. But I could tell a difference.
     
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  6. May 10, 2018
    NH Homesteader

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    OK tomato people, I have a question. I have a hard time getting tomatoes to ripen before frost. We are planning on converting a hoop coop into a greenhouse. I would like to do tomatoes in containers. So, what size containers do I use? Or would I be better off with raised beds? The only thing I care about in the whole darn garden this year is tomatoes (OK and herbs) so help me make them live!
     
  7. May 10, 2018
    frustratedearthmother

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    Hmmmm....If you're doing containers - the bigger the better. I've seen people do them in 5 gallon buckets, so I'd say that's probably the minimum. I got lucky and found someone who has cattle and buys a lot of those big mineral tubs - I think they're 30 gallons. I have a bunch of tomatoes in those types of tubs this year and two raised beds with tomatoes in them too. I want tomatoes this year too!

    Staking would probably depend on how/where you plant. In my big tubs I've used everything form regular tomato cages for the smaller varieties on up to big stakes in the ground to tie them up to. Some of them are growing close to a stock panel so I'll probably utilize that as a place to tie off to also.

    Pictures when you get it up and going!!
     
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    NH Homesteader

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    Hmm I was thinking a 5 gallon bucket might be OK but was worried it would be too small. How tall do raised beds need to be (for the plant's sake)? Maybe I'll have DH build me some. I've seen them built with metal roofing instead of wood, and I have a whole bunch left over from the barn. Hmm...
     
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    frustratedearthmother

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    Don't give up on 5 gallon buckets if that's what you have access to. I've seen lots of websites where people are successful. I think the trick is a really good soil mix and probably watering pretty frequently.

    My raised beds are only 12 inches...but I'm sure the tomatoes root deeper than that. You could try 'em both and see which one works best for your situation. I'm doing that this year...I've got some magnificent tomatoes in tubs - and some crappy ones in the ground, lol!
    I just think it's exciting that you're gonna get a hoophouse/greenhouse for your tomatoes!
     
  10. May 11, 2018
    NH Homesteader

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    Well and other things too, but I mostly care about the tomatoes! I have a million five gallon buckets. I only need like 6-10 tomato plants if they do really well. Like 6 paste and the rest eating. I just made that up, I have no idea how many plants I need but that sounds about right lol
     

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