I have to admit, the starts look great and I’m calling the “starting tomatoes from seeds” a big success this year. Now on to the next step – getting them into the ground. We have two beds dedicated to tomatoes and this year I am trying something new. Instead of the traditional tomato cages for support, we are going to try the cattle panel idea.
We purchased a 16 foot section of cattle panel – we’ll put an 8 foot section into each bed. I’m still researching the best planting scheme. Some people have put the panel down the center and staggered 3 or 4 plants on either side. Another placed the panel about 1/3 into the bed and planted 7 on one side, allowing for a row or two of other crops in the same bed. Either way, I’m not going to get 50 plants in!
Stay tuned — I’ll post photos and the final outcome later this week!