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May 10, 2017 7:31 PM CST
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Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
Tomatoes transplanted April 15, 2017
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May 10, 2017 7:51 PM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
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That looks like a good tomato growing set up.
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May 11, 2017 4:42 AM CST
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Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
This is the first year that I used the plastic mulch.
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May 11, 2017 9:50 AM CST
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Your tomatoes look great!! What a professional looking setup.
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May 11, 2017 10:05 AM CST
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Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
Thanks Rita. The cages I made 3 years ago.
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May 11, 2017 7:24 PM CST
Name: Linda
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Sidney said:This is the first year that I used the plastic mulch.


I agree! Love your tomato cages.....
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May 12, 2017 1:22 AM CST
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Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
they are the best ones that I ever used.
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May 12, 2017 7:44 AM CST
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Sidney, do you "anchor" your cages in any way? My cages are very similar and we use some big stakes driven into the ground and tied to the cages, to prevent them from tipping over with the weight of the plants (and wind).
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May 12, 2017 11:00 AM CST
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Sid:
Do you have to do a lot of trimming on your tomato plants to stop them from spreading into the next cage?
That is approx. the distance I put between my cages but even when I use wire with holes small enough that one can not put a fist through, unless I am out there trimming constantly they send out branches to invade the next plants space.
It seems when they go over the top they head directly for the plant next to them not open space.
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May 12, 2017 6:01 PM CST
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Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
No the legs are driven 8" into the ground.
I just let my tomatoes grow. The rails
are removable to place the tomato limbs.
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May 12, 2017 6:06 PM CST
Name: Karen
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Do you have a drip system for watering under the plastic?
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May 13, 2017 2:48 AM CST
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Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
Yes. The plastic has a drip tape attached to the middle. ordered it from flora flow .com.
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May 13, 2017 2:57 AM CST
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Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
RpR said:Sid:
Do you have to do a lot of trimming on your tomato plants to stop them from spreading into the next cage?
That is approx. the distance I put between my cages but even when I use wire with holes small enough that one can not put a fist through, unless I am out there trimming constantly they send out branches to invade the next plants space.
It seems when they go over the top they head directly for the plant next to them not open space.


The biggest problem with wire cages that I've had was, as the tomatoes limbs grew threw the
cage. The weight of the fruit would cause the limbs to pinch on the wire. I don't prune my plants.
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May 15, 2017 9:52 AM CST

Help! I planted my tomatos too closely! They are now 3 feet high and branches touching each other. Should I pull and ty and save some, replant somewhere? Build a trellis and prune side branches? Or...just let the roll and see what happens?

Thanks for your help and suggestions!!
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May 15, 2017 10:03 AM CST
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Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
How close did you space them.
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May 15, 2017 10:40 AM CST
Name: tk
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And how many do you have? You may be able to pull some.
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May 15, 2017 11:41 AM CST
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Can you post a picture? It might be better to prune off suckers than to try and move plants.

Yes, go measure how close they are too each other.
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May 16, 2017 9:59 AM CST
Name: Dan
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Sidney said:Yes. The plastic has a drip tape attached to the middle. ordered it from flora flow .com.


Hey Sidney, have you used that product before?
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May 16, 2017 10:14 AM CST
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Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
This is my first year using plastic mulch.
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May 16, 2017 11:15 AM CST
Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Orourkenatty said:Help! I planted my tomatos too closely! They are now 3 feet high and branches touching each other. Should I pull and ty and save some, replant somewhere? Build a trellis and prune side branches? Or...just let the roll and see what happens?

Thanks for your help and suggestions!!


How about using end posts and stringing wire at several levels to make a fence on each side creating a tomato hedge. The only problem may be the lack of air flow which could increase the possibility of disease. I don't think you could trim enough off the plants and keep them healthy and productive. I recommend two to three feet between hybrids and three to four feet between OPs/heirlooms. I cage my plants.

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