Friday, June 4, 2010

Question of the Day

Do you stake your tomatoes?

Small Farm Girl, question asker.

15 comments:

Jamie @ Woodside Gardens said...

I have tomato cages for the hoop house, but no supports for the ones on the deck in a large container.

Mid Life Mike said...

We have five in cages. Two of them have outgrown them and are staked w some bamboo. Helps with the wind in Oklahoma and supports the one that is approaching five foot.

~Tonia said...

I have staked and not staked. The one problemIhave with Not doing it is that you have to really search for the tomoatoes... They were there and I had plenty but much more difficult to pick!

Melodie said...

I stake...sort of.I like to use cattle panels at an angle against t-post and let them grow up those.Depending on how long your panel is you can fit a lot of plants on there. They are an investment because I will be able to use them forever unlike the flimsy cages!

Kelle said...

We stake ours but now that we're planting in the hoop house we're going to tie them up off of a bent over cattle panel. We didn't want to drive a stake through the cardboard barrier we put into the raised/bermed beds to keep bind weed down.

lisa said...

I have done both and prefer staking as I can see where the tomatoes are and they stay off the ground...Lisa

Happy Days said...

Yep, I stake my tomatoes. Haven't planted any this year so far. I guess I better get busy and buy some and get them planted huh??!!! ...debbie

Melody said...

depends on the variety but yes for most

Feral Female said...

Nope! =)

thecrazysheeplady said...

I've tried various store bought staking systems...that didn't work worth beans, so this year I'm staking the 'old fashioned' way. We'll see. Maybe it's just me.

granny said...

Yes...but they always fall over :0)

Denise said...

We use cages that my hubby made from fence. They work pretty good just circles really. Caging them helps keep the limbs off of the ground so all those "guests" dont eat the tomatoes...:)

Michelle said...

Yes, we stake and wrap in plastic in Northern Calif. We are desperately trying to get enough sun to just get them to grow this year.
Blessings,
Michelle

Maria said...

I used to stake when my garden was much bigger, but not anymore.....

The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

We just went out and bought some 7ft stakes for the monsters the plants have grown into this year. We have to stake to keep the tomatos out of reach of the chickens that roam around. I like the cattle panel idea! We might try that next year and train as they grow!