All Things Gardening forum: Supporting Your Maters

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Name: Roy
Central Illinois (Zone 5b)
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Reartinetiller
Jun 20, 2015 3:37 PM CST
You use cages, weave them or use crop netting? I started out using cages but now I growing over 140 plants and no place to store that many cages. Last year I started weaving and had to do that about 3 times a weeks. That got old but worked out nice. Now I'm starting out with 2 rows of weave then place crop netting over them and every once in a while make sure the plants grow between the crop netting. Should be easier and still have the maters off the ground. I'll let you know how it works out. Roy
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 20, 2015 5:11 PM CST
Sounds interesting
Can you pick through the netting?
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 20, 2015 9:20 PM CST
Roy, that's a LOT of tomato plants!! Blinking

Do you stake them as well? (I have big wooden cages that I use for my plants, but I still put a stake in to tie the plants to, in an attempt to keep them under control as well...

Or do you prune, or ?

I'm also not sure what "crop netting" is... Confused
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Name: Roy
Central Illinois (Zone 5b)
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Reartinetiller
Jun 21, 2015 9:56 AM CST
The crop netting is nylon netting with 6 in square holes that can be bought in various widths and lengths. My role is 5 ft by 360 ft and just cut off what you need. I'll use one T Post for every three mater plants for support. Roy
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 21, 2015 12:26 PM CST
Sounds interesting may have to look into this,bet it would work on peas.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 21, 2015 7:46 PM CST
That sounds like the "trellis netting" that I use for my beans and cukes... but I had no idea it was available in such long lengths!! Blinking
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