This year I grew about half of my tomatoes up strings and now that the season is just about over, I have had several people ask me how the system worked for me.
Does it say enough that I will be building the stringing frames over all of m beds next year?
I really can not say enough about them. The method worked great and I can see all sorts of possibilities that start with the tomatoes and run right through peas and beans and right smack dab into squash and cucumbers. I have never had such large plants. One of the tomato plants grew to the top of the line (close to 8′) and then kept growing . I believe the tomato vine reached close to height of 13′ tall if it could stand at attention. While it looked as though it was in need of viagra after it hit the top of the line, there is no denying that the tomatoes liked this kind of support.
One thing that I do need to add is that a single string per tomato is not enough. I ended up adding at least two more strings per tomato once the tomatoes got growing.
The other thing I am really looking forward to is the easy fall cleanup. Snip, pull, done. Quick and easy as a vasectomy.
It makes for a great addition to my small vegetable garden. Give me a little more room for planting, less trouble for storing which means I can be just a little lazier than usual this fall.