I meant to stake these tomatoes ages ago…I meant to plant them about two weeks before I had a chance to do so, and then to stake them I was about…oh, six weeks later.
Life getting in the way of gardening.
Better late than never! Stakes in the ground, thanks to DH and a post-driving-contraption of his father’s.
Things I learned are good to have for this process:
- Ear plugs! Driving metal T-posts in with a metal T-post contraption is loud.
- T-posts > U-posts. U posts are broader and have troublesome hooks on them that have to be hammered down before the post can fit in the contraption.
- T-post drivers are handy. Much easier (and safer) than giant hammers, and much faster than regular-sized hammers.
Stakes need string! I had intended to trellis these posts akin to a vineyard, and use stretchy green tomato tape to attach the tomatoes to the trellising…perhaps next year. So this year – more string it is.
These tomatoes are fairly well behaved, considering that they’re overgrown as they are.
These other tomatoes…well, they can’t all behave can they?
But, they’re all behaving well in the fruit-setting realm!
I expect these guys to come out yellow/orange in the end. I saved them from a farmer’s market “candy basket” last year that I’m hoping to recreate. It had mini purple tomatoes the size of fat peas or small grapes, pear-shaped yellow-orange tomatoes, cherry-sized green stripies, and red-orange little gum drops. When they ripen, I’ll share photos in case anyone knows their names!
And my now trusty standby: Cherry Chadwicks!