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Central Alabama
CindyB613
Jun 5, 2020 7:20 PM CST
So I have always had a small container vegetable garden. This year, my husband and I decided to build some raised beds (8ft long, 4ft wide, 2ft deep). In one of the beds, I planted cherry tomatoes next to some bell pepper plants. I thought I had given the plants plenty of space, but the cherry tomato plants have gone crazy! I've pruned them periodically to cut them back a little, but they are easily 6 ft tall at this point and producing tons of fruit.

The issue is that today we had a pretty severe thunderstorm, and all of the taller branches that were out over the top of the cages are just flopped over the sides. I went out and checked on them and didn't really see anything broken. They're just all bent. They are totally covering up my much smaller bell pepper plants. There is no way they will get any sun like this.

Any ideas on what I can do? Will the tomato branches lift themselves back up? Should I try to move them from over the top of the pepper plants? I'm afraid I'll end up breaking them if I do. I have containers, so can I just remove the pepper plants from the beds and put them in containers? They are each about 18-24 inches tall and already producing peppers. I don't know if they would survive a transplant. But I know they'll die without getting sun.

Anyone have any advice? I am very inexperienced in gardening like this so I'm stumped Sad I am on central Alabama
Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
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sumire
Jun 5, 2020 9:09 PM CST
Welcome!

With tomatoes like that I usually put in a few t-posts and build a cage with light rope. If you are gentle, you should be able to hoist them off the pepper plants and a little more upright.

Or, do you have tomato cages? You can put them or some other sort of string/trellis/mesh over the peppers to hold the tomato plants off of them.

Peppers do transplant, but it will be hard on them. I would skip unless it is a last resort.
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