|String support for the tomato.|
I dig a hole in the compost and run a string from the wire in the roof of the greenhouse down and into the pot.
|Tomato in pot|
I plant the tomato on top of the string, burying the string's end, and wind the string around the tomato. The string supports the tomato as it gets bigger. It is much better than putting up canes because you do not have to tie the tomato in - you just wind it around the string. Although the string does not pull out, it is better not to wind it around the tomato too roughly. The tomato only need it coiled around a little to give it support.
|Strings attached to the wire in the roof.|
|Tomato plants wound round string supports|
June 11th 2011
You can see the Alicante at the back is having the string wound round them. (The reason why they look a little anaemic is because I bought some organic grow bags and used this compost in the pots. The tomatoes do not seem to have liked this very much and I am struggling to get them to grow well.) The beef stake tomatoes at the front of the Alicante have not been wound up yet so the strings are fairly loose.
This year 2012 all my different tomatoes germinated well. I never like to throw away plants so I have put most of them into pots in the greenhouse. They are a little close together but unless I get botrytis or some other fugal disease, I will leave them like this. Not so big tomatoes but a lot of them.
|Tomatoes wound round strings to |
support them June 2012
|Tomatoes in July 2012|
With this many tomatoes, I don't think that it is necessary to go to the ridge of the greenhouse as I did last year. The wires go across at eves level. I might take one or two higher but the tomatoes never seem to ripen when they are in the roof space. Last years wire is still stretched across the ridge and can be used whenever I want.
|Tomatoes wound round strings.|
|Tomatoes wound around strings July 2012|