This year I did the same thing, but the determinates had so many tomatoes that they fell over. Next year I will cage all of them to make it easier to pick the tomatoes and to keep them off the ground.I like to cage the indeterminates and leave the determinates on the ground.
How close did you plant each plant and how far apart are the rows? My raised beds are 10mx1.2m (about 32' x 3.9') and I am trying to work out which method (C-cages or a straight row) is the best use of space for the area. If I could get two rows down the length of the bed that would be ideal, but not sure if that would be too cramped.I grow about 60 paste plants and 20+ slicers. I plant in rows putting a T post every 3rd plant. Makes easy harvesting and I can keep my rows closer.
Plants are 3' apart and rows are 3' apart. Inbetween each tomato plant I have either basil,onions, or borage. I may have a picture on my phone if not I will get one this evening. I would do the rows with tons of inter planting. With your size bed you could do 2 rows with basil,cilantro, and onions in between and carrots down the middle! Big return little space. I have 20,000 square feet to grow in but I plant like it's an acre.How close did you plant each plant and how far apart are the rows? My raised beds are 10mx1.2m (about 32' x 3.9') and I am trying to work out which method (C-cages or a straight row) is the best use of space for the area. If I could get two rows down the length of the bed that would be ideal, but not sure if that would be too cramped.
Thanks for the article!I think it's a matter of preference. There was an article I read in Successful Farming Magazine a few years ago where a tomato farmer planted 15,000 tomato plants and staked them and planted 15,000 tomato plants and let them lay on the ground and his conclusion was there wasn't any difference in yield.
One note on this:
I'm not sure where this was geographically in the U.S. but my guess would be California where you can control the amount of water the plants get. Here in the Midwest letting tomato plants lay on the ground especially in some of the wetter weather we've been having is asking for trouble.
An experiment I've tried this year is Japanese Tomato Rings. I took a 6-7 foot piece of garden fence and made a circular ring and filled it with grass clippings, dirt and some 12:12:12 in layers (adding fertilizer speeds up the composting of the grass clippings), or you can fill it with compost . (it's best to start these a year earlier)
Then I planted 4 tomato plants around it and set them in cages and tied the cages to the circular cage. (I bought cheap tomato cages that won't hold up a tomato plant on their own
The compost inside the wire cage will feed the tomato plants all during the season without any additional fertilizer.
A good way to grow more tomatoes in a small space.
A little more time consuming and requires more material.
They will need to be moved each growing season as it is recommended that tomatoes shouldn't be planted in the same spot at least for four years.
I don't have any pictures of mine at the moment and it's dark right now and if I remember I'll take some and post it later.