Alright. The Farmer MacGregor series continues today with his creation for tomato supports. This season I’m growing heirlooms from seed. Most of the varieties are vines rather than bushes. I decided to try stringing the plants to be economic with my garden space. Plans were drawn. Lumber was ordered. The beast known as MacGregor was set into motion. Points were cut on the top of each stake resembling ancient Egyptian obelisks. Paint (green of course) was applied to all the lumber and metal stakes. The frames were constructed and screwed into the metal stakes. There was a lot of measuring, marking, and leveling going on. The gentle farmer is a stickler for detailed accuracy. These are the essential tools for construction: A square and a durable marker.
Also make sure to have a variety of words to use that when spelled look something like this:
F&%K, D@M^ it, $H1zt
Farmer MacGregor is a wordsmith when it comes to using special words to show exasperation. Noun, verb, adjective – it doesn’t matter. He’s so skilled he doesn’t even realize what he says sometimes. Remarkable.
Once the tomatoes were planted, jute was tied to the top stake and run down to the jute below to use as a support for the plants. It’s difficult to see the jute until the tomatoes grow taller. The photo above was taken on May 11, 2009. Below is the same tomato bed today.
The western most bed is planted similarly.
Here’s an Arkansas Traveler starting the trip up the line. I come out and check the growth progress and wind the plants skyward up the jute. I believe I might need to trim some of the side branches to encourage growth upward. With the heat turning up, the tomatoes are developing on most all varieties. This is the same Arkansas Traveler photographed today. The center stem is quite a bit thicker and fruit is abundant.
The tomato supports can be dismantled and stored when not needed. They will probably take up less room than the old wire cages. So far, I really like them. The garden is kept nice and neat.