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[Tomato Dirt #309] Try this easy and cheap way to stake tomatoes
May 16, 2024

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 14, Number 10

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

Get cagey with tomatoes

Tomato Cages and Supports at Gardeners Supply via Tomato Dirt
Tomato cages, bamboo poles, tomato towers, reusable staking ties, cage extensions, tomato clips, trellises, spiral supports … there’s all kinds of ways to give your tomato plants the support they need.

One of my favorite sites to browse for gardening gear is Gardener’s Supply . They’ve got an awesome selection of tomato cages and supports (and staking gear for other plants you grow, too, like roses, beans, peas, and container tomatoes.)

And great news if you find something and buy it from GS: their products are 100% guaranteed. Have fun browsing and getting ideas for your garden.

NEW! Check for tomato growing tips each day on our Facebook page

Here’s the dirt: Tomato Dirt’s long-standing Facebook page was recently hacked. For your safety and privacy, we closed it. But never fear! We’ve started a new page with good security.

You’re invited to like the page and get plenty of tomato growing tips. And please share the new page with other gardeners you know!

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FEATURE: Try This Easy and Cheap Way to Stake Tomatoes

One of the easiest ways to stake tomatoes can also the least expensive: a do-it-yourself tomato trellis.

Trellises are garden structures made of both vertical supports (such as stakes, poles, or frames) paired with horizontal weaving material (like wires, mesh, or strings).

Put together, the vertical and horizontal support create a strong framework for the tomato plants to climb and grow on.

You can train tomato vines to climb the structure and periodically tie new branches to the horizontal supports.

The two-dimensional structure makes a tomato trellis different from traditional tomato supports – specifically tomato stakes and tomato cages (Keep reading … )

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Tomato Growing Tip: A Tomato Trellis Offers 2 Kinds of Support for Your Plants

Get more tips for growing tomatoes on our Tomato Growing Tips Pinterest board.

FREE Small Space Gardener Planner for Tomato Dirt Readers

Our friends at Gardener’s Supply are offer these five FREE Small Space Garden Plans icon to Tomato Dirt readers.

The plans, available as downloadable PDFS, are based on square-foot gardening techniques. Each set offers five different plans including options for a small space herb garden, stir fry garden, Mediterranean veggie garden, salsa garden, and salad garden.

You can download the set that matches the size of your garden – either a 2x4 garden or 2x8 garden.

Check out the Small Space Garden Plans here.

More Tips for Staking Tomatoes

How to tie and stake tomatoes for support Best methods for staking tomatoes The perfect tomato staking tape How to build tomato cages to support tomatoes

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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