My Tomato Garden - The String Up Method

23 October, 2016 | Backyard Farm

“Gardening is
cheaper than therapy;
and you get tomatoes”

In this day, and with this post, I declare my 2016-17 veggie garden open for business. Although the work started a couple of weeks ago when my lovely husband prepared my new garden bed for my tomato garden. Thanks honey!

My tomato garden

Ihave been in New Zealand for 7 years now, and since we arrived we were amazed with how popular veggie gardens are here. This was something I never did before, and when we tried it we fell in love with it. When we bought our own house our veggie garden spaces have been evolving and growing with each season. Probably our favourite plant to grow are the tomatoes (follow by the strawberries), and I was looking around in Pinterest about tips and tricks for growing better tomatoes, when I came across with the “String Method”.

Tomato plants need some help and support to reach their full potential, they grow fast, big and wild, so if they are left as it is the leaves covers the sunlight, the fruit weights put them down to the ground and they get rotten. Stalking the tomatoes is great for small gardens as you can use the most of the vertical space, and allow the plant to get more sunlight. On my previous years planting tomatoes I used bamboo sticks stalked to the soil and next to each plant and plastic strings to attache the plant to the stick.

The String Method (or Tomatoes on a String)

I read that this method is not new, it’s used for small farmers operators, but it becoming more popular with personal gardeners. Basically, you place strings from the base up and you wrap the plant around the string as it grows. This requires to prune the plant to grow on a single steam.

First, you need to have a support for the strings… in my case I put four pine stakes of 170cm height, one on each side of my two tomato trails. I buried the stakes a few centimes into the soil and I then attached them to the garden bed with a screw. When they were nice and secure I tied the string at the bottom of the stakes from side to side of the garden bed.

I tied up a string from side to side at the top of the stakes, in this case I placed a hook on each of them to avoid my strings moving down.

Then I tied one string from the top string to the bottom one, one for each tomato plant.

And when my string frame was finished I planted my tomatoes underneath each string and I carefully wrapped it around the string. And that’s it!

Wrapping Up

I have to mention that this method is best for some kind of tomatoes, specifically those that are not bushy-like and needs stalking becasue they grow tall. This is my first summer using this method and I’m quite excited to see the results. Now I need to check the growing and wrapping of the plants at least twice a week to make sure they are well wrapped up the string and well pruned. Wish me luck! :)

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