Tomatoes are probably our favorite crop. First of all, a tomato grown out of doors ( not in a greenhouse) tastes like a tomato should. Bright and juicy, with the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Secondly, it's also a thing of great beauty. From planting, to weaving or trellising it resembles a beautiful dance... there are certain rules we adhere to, but there are always variations to the method.
Here are the first steps in our tomato dance of 2012:
|First the ground is prepared by tilling, then the rows are marked|
|To insure straight rows, a string is run between the rows before the tomatoes are set out|
|Plum and round tomates are 'determinates"and green metal posts are put between every 2 plants|
|Mulch is added between plants and the aisles|
|8 foot posts are put in between every 4 indeterminate cherry |
tomato plants for trellising
|A wire is strung across the tops of the posts, and 2 strings are|
attached to each tomato plant
|As the cherry tomatoes grow we train them to grow up the strings|
by twirling them around the twine weekly until they reach the wire
|The shorter tomatoes are 'woven' 5 times throughout the season|
As the season progresses I'll be sure to post more pictures. The beautiful rains of yesterday and today have been quite the boon for growth. Stay tuned!