Don’t be like me, who woke up at 3AM this morning to the sound of a tearing thunderstorm, whose first conscious thought to myself was… &!#@*%!#@.
I’ve been meaning to stake for a while, but my tomato plants are cherry tomatoes. So I got a little lazy.
Lucky for me, the storm was all bark and little bite. I didn’t find that out, however, until I had gotten drenched following my run outside in a tshirt and underwear at 3AM to move some of my smaller potted plants into the lee of the house and planter.
Needless to say, I got around to tying my tomatoes to bamboo stakes first thing this morning.
You need to use something soft to tie your tomatoes, since twine or anything without give can damage the stem severely. I had a look at the ties in the garden center, but based on the advice of one of my books (p. 164, McGee & Stuckey’s Bountiful Container: Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers) I ended up using an old pair of pantyhose and saved myself $6.99. It works quite well, actually.
As an aside, I like that book quite a bit. Of my collection so far, it’s the gardening book I reference most frequently. I have to get information elsewhere pertaining to specific mechanics of my sub-irrigated planter, like the soil and fertilizing issues, but for information on plants that are going to be relying more on you than what’s in the dirt, it’s a good source.
My tomatoes are beginning to show signs of flowering, which means I’m going to have to start fertilizing them a little differently than the others plants around it. More on that to come!