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Name: Sidney
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Sidney
May 10, 2017 7:31 PM CST
Tomatoes transplanted April 15, 2017
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CarolineScott
May 10, 2017 7:51 PM CST
That looks like a good tomato growing set up.
Name: Sidney
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May 11, 2017 4:42 AM CST
This is the first year that I used the plastic mulch.
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Newyorkrita
May 11, 2017 9:50 AM CST
Your tomatoes look great!! What a professional looking setup.
Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
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May 11, 2017 10:05 AM CST
Thanks Rita. The cages I made 3 years ago.
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mom2goldens
May 11, 2017 7:24 PM CST
Sidney said:This is the first year that I used the plastic mulch.


I agree! Love your tomato cages.....
Name: Sidney
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May 12, 2017 1:22 AM CST
they are the best ones that I ever used.
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Weedwhacker
May 12, 2017 7:44 AM CST
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
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.
Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
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Sidney
May 12, 2017 6:01 PM CST
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
Do you have a drip system for watering under the plastic?
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Name: Sidney
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Sidney
May 13, 2017 2:48 AM CST
Yes. The plastic has a drip tape attached to the middle. ordered it from flora flow .com.
Name: Sidney
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May 13, 2017 2:57 AM CST
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.

Orourkenatty
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!!
Name: Sidney
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Sidney
May 15, 2017 10:03 AM CST
How close did you space them.
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texaskitty111
May 15, 2017 10:40 AM CST
And how many do you have? You may be able to pull some.
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Newyorkrita
May 15, 2017 11:41 AM CST
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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Atoric
May 16, 2017 9:59 AM CST
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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Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
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Sidney
May 16, 2017 10:14 AM CST
This is my first year using plastic mulch.
Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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PaulF
May 16, 2017 11:15 AM CST
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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