This weekend SM put up the tomato stakes. He was way overdue and knew it...But as we all know, life gets in the way sometimes.
Anyway, last year SM used those huge, heavy metal T posts and staked 4 tomatoes to one post. Now when tomato plants get mature they become monsters. Or at least ours were last year. I didn't really care how they were supported as long as they were supported enough that we didn't snap the stem. SM was NOT happy with the setup though.
So this year, SM used individual wooden stakes that he pounded into the ground. (Hopefully there's no vampires buried under the tomato patch. If there are they're dead!:) He then used "stretchy ties" to attach his little babies to the posts.
This year I've decided to try a more hands off approach with the tomatoes. Try to NOT prune the lower leaves off the plants. Just let them be.
It seems like there's TONS of opinions out there about how to manage growing tomatoes, but I remember Jane over at Hardwork Homestead posting about an experiment she did with one patch of fussed over tomatoes and one patch left to grow on it's own without any intervention. There are pros and cons to both methods, so pick your poison.
Me? I told SM that it would be fine to leave the tomato plant alone and NOT stake them. He looked at me like I was crazy. I did throw down some straw to help keep the dirt splash off of the plants. I also tossed some diluted Epsom Salt water on them yesterday.
It's hard isn't it? On the one hand I say "Leave it alone" and on the other I'm trying to help things out.
Sometimes it's hard to keep your hands to yourself...(Best summer song EVER.)