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[Tomato Dirt #91] Great Tip for Re-Using Tomato Cages During the Holidays
November 04, 2015

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 5, Number 18

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

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

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Get the best selection and prices on tools for the garden and patio – now at season end. (Great Christmas gifts, too!) Take a look.

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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.
Learn more about removing, cleaning, and storing tomato supports

… and get more helpful tips on our Fall Garden Clean Up Pinterest Board.

Tomato Growing Tip #18: Re-Use Tomato Cages During the Holidays

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See more ideas on our Crafts from Tomato Cages Pinterest board.

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To Help You With Garden Clean Up

Check out these tools mentioned in this issue that can help you clean up your garden so it’s ready to go next spring.

Smith 1-Gallon Sprayer With Wand and Single Nozzle System Stansport #T-810 Reinforced Multi-Purpose Tarp

More About Fall Garden Clean Up

8 Steps to Fall Tomato Garden Clean Up Garden Cleanup: Best Ways to Remove Spent Tomato Plants Best Garden Tools to Buy in the Off Season Get Started Composting This Fall

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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