The large plant pots are filled with bought compost; home made compost or a mixture of both. A planting hole is dug out with a trowel and the string is run from wires at eves level into the pots. The tomato is planted on top of the string making sure that the string runs under the roots of the seedling tomato plant.
|The tomatoes are supported by string.|
|Tomato planted on top of the end of the|
The string supports the tomato as it gets bigger. It is much better than putting up canes because you do not have to keep tying the tomato in - you just wind it around the string. Although the string does not pull out of the soil, it is better not to wind it around the tomato too roughly. The tomato only needs it coiled around a little to give it support. The roots of the tomato grow around the string and eventually it is impossible to pull the string out without damaging the plant.
|You can take the strings to the wire in the|
ridge of the greenhouse.
|Tomato plants wound round string supports|
June 11th 2011
In 2012 all my different tomatoes germinated well. I never like to throw away plants so I put most of them into pots in the greenhouse. They were a little close together but I didn't get botrytis or other fugal disease, so they were left like this. Not so big tomatoes but a lot of them.
|Tomatoes wound round the strings to|
support them June 2012
|Tomatoes July 2012|
|Tomatoes wound round the string June 2012|
|Tomatoes wound around the strings July 2012|
The tomatoes were taken up to a wire at eves level and stopped by taking out the growing tip. All the tomatoes setting in July will ripen.