Liralen Li (liralen) wrote,
Liralen Li

Tomato Cages

I grew tomato plants from seed. Gave a bunch of them to Joan, and now I was faced with ever-burgeoning tomato plants. I found some four foot high, heavy-duty fencing, galvanized steel wire and found that with my hands in the shape they're in, they couldn't cut the fencing with wire cutters. Then I was reassured by the fact that John, even with his huge, strong, healthy hands, couldn't cut the wire with a wire cutter...

... so I bought myself some 14 inch bolt cutters, for about half the price of a high end electrician's wire cutter, and went to work last night. I measured out 54 inches of fencing, cut the stuff so easily it was very cool, and then bent the wires to make 18 inch diameter cages, which fit easily over the plants.

So my question now is, if the branches stick through the cage, do I just feed them back in or do I feed them back in after they've gone over some wire? i.e. does it need training or should I just be stuffing the plant back into the cage? Does any one know? They're all indeterminate tomato plants, i.e. they'll be growing indefinitely, but I don't know if that makes any difference as to the 'training' of the plant...

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