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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Raising the Stakes - and Trellises

taking tomatoes are another option. Use a 1 x2 inch wood stake about 6 feet long.  Place it about 4 inches from the base of the tomato plant.  As the tomato grows, use commercial  ties, cut up t-shirts or other stretchy cloth.  Bring the cord under a branch on the main stem and attach to the stake.  Leave at least 1/2" play to  

Peppers need stakes 3-4 feet tall so you can tie the main stem to the stake.  Stake or cage early in the season so plants and  root aren't damaged in the process.

Tomato cages may be left in the garden all season but wooden and metal stakes benefit from coming inside for the winter.  Chimney flue tiles, available from masonry supply stores, make sturdy containers for stakes of all types.

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