FEATURE: Tomato Garden Fall Cleaning Checklist: What To Do With Tomato Supports
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It’s time to get all those tomato stakes, tomato trellises, and tomato cages out of your garden.
It’s not brain surgery. But it’s an important step to take so that you are ready to plant tomatoes next spring and help ensure a healthier tomato crop next year!
Pull out tomato stakes, trellises, and cages. Dispose ties. Remove leftover bits and pieces of vines and leaves. Scrape off excess soil from supports that have been sunk into the ground.
Clean supports. Prevent next season’s diseases now by getting rid of fungi and bacteria that are hanging on. Make a 10% bleach
solution by mixing together 1 part bleach and 9 parts water. Use a pump sprayer to apply the solution to the supports. Allow supports to air dry, either in the garage or covered area if weather is inclement or in the sun.
Store supports. Bundle or stack them and set them in a cool, dry corner in your garage, barn, or under your deck. Cover supports with a tarp to secure.