In return for filling out a survey for Gardener’s Supply Company, they gave me free shipping. So, I figured it was a good time to start ordering some equipment for the coming season.
In the past I have used those round wire tomato cages. They worked okay, but the plants eventually grew taller than the cages and weighed enough to just fall over. I then started to use the wooden stakes. These offered a bit more support for the taller plants, but again, sometimes the tomatoes (like the Sweet 100 Cherry) would still grow taller than the stakes. I also noticed that towards the end of the summer, the plants would be so heavy that the extra weight of water from a summer storm and the wind would snap the stakes. Last year I bought two new tomato supports. I talked about them briefly here. They worked okay. I liked how I could adjust the cross-braces to better support the tomato branches. Again though, in the later part of the summer when the plants were heavy with tomatoes, I noticed the plastic cross braces having trouble staying in place.
So… this year I am going to try something new. I ordered two sets of the stacking tomato ladders. A bit pricey, but they should last longer then the wooden stakes.
Next up was a way to support the cucumbers. I’ve been watching this cucumber trellis but wasn’t able to get one last year. I used a 4×4 decorative fence last year and it did okay. I think I will use this for the peas instead. Add one cucumber trellis to the cart.
Finally, I have been wanting to grow some potatoes. Trouble is they take up a decent amount of space and take a while to grow. Enter the Potato Grow Bag. I added two of these and will see how they work this summer.
Next I’ll be ordering the seeds.