Thursday, July 15, 2021

Using Stakes to Support Tomatoes

 

using a single stake to support a tomato plant | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
Using a single stake as a tomato support!

My parents have been gardening for as long as I can remember.  Growing up, I never paid much attention to their gardening.  It just wasn't on my radar growing up.

I started my own gardening journey 4 years ago.  Since then, I have been all about gardening!  I started noticing other gardens & everything that is put into them.  Everyone's garden is different & I love seeing the different ways people garden.

My parents' garden is a great example of this.  They do gardening quite differently than I do.  One of the ways we're different in gardening is our tomato supports, which is the subject of today's post.

For their tomato supports, my parents use a single stake method.






using a single stake to support a tomato plant | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

using a single stake to support a tomato plant | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

using a single stake to support a tomato plant | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
My dad used some rough cut lumber left over from another project to make the tomato stakes.  

We tried to use lath boards last year to make stakes, but they were super flimsy & we decided to go with the trellis supports.  My parents' stakes are thicker around which support the plant a lot better.

using a single stake to support a tomato plant | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

using a single stake to support a tomato plant | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

using a single stake to support a tomato plant | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
To attach the tomato plant to the stake, they just use twine from hay bales.  They have a few animals that they give hay to so there's always a lot of twine around.  They group the main part of the plant & tie it to the stake.  As the plant grows, they add more twine to secure the plant to the stake.

I like this method a lot.  It saves a lot of space.  We might try this in our garden next year.  The only reason we went with the trellis again this year was because we already had the materials to construct it & didn't want an additional cost.

What is your favorite way to stake tomatoes?  I'll also be sharing more ideas in a future post!

using a single stake to support a tomato plant | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

using a single stake to support a tomato plant | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

using a single stake to support a tomato plant | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

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