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Training Tomato Plants With Rope

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My husband has constructed raised beds for our backyard garden and we use rope to train the tomato plants instead of tomato cages. I have used cages in the past, but they get ruined and really I just don't like them much. So we found an alternative by using ropes hung from a beam above the plants to train them.
Start with some fun colored rope, you can use plain if you wish, but I like the colorful ones to make an easy way to train your tomato plants.
I used 4 different colors of Canvas Corp Rope including Hot Pink, Lime Green, Grey, and Yellow, but there are so many options to make your garden fun and colorful!
You create an "A frame" over your planter to hang the ropes on to and let them hang down.
The you wind the ropes around the plants to give them stability, this eliminates the need fort the wire tomato trainers. As the plant grow just keep training them around the rope to keep them stable.
For the past 2 years we have used this method and it works great always using the rope that you buy at the local big box garden store.  This year I thought it would be fun to shakes things up a bit and use my Canvas Corp Rope in some fun bright colors to train our plants.  So that is exactly what we did!! 
In the video I show you how to assemble the rope around the tomatoes, and also how the plants grow with the rope over time.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Rope   (canavs corp brands)
  • Tomato plants   (home depot)

To see more: http://scraps-of-reflections.blogspot.com/2017/03/colorful-rope-for-training-tomato.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Dfm
    Dfm Cascade, IA
    on Mar 8, 2017

    had a chance to visit a commercial tomato growing greenhouse- this is how they trained their 'matters - but they used a pulley system to raise and lower the vines.

    • Erin Manz Reed
      Erin Manz Reed
      on Mar 8, 2017

      how cool, we have been doing it for about 4 years now, and love it. so much better than the cages in my opinion!

  • Brenda  S.
    Brenda S. North Brunswick, NJ
    on Mar 9, 2017

    Such a great idea! Looks awesome :)

  • Helen Blood
    Helen Blood
    on Mar 21, 2017

    Love the ideas thank you

  • Erin Manz Reed
    Erin Manz Reed
    on Mar 21, 2017

    most welcome!

  • Pam Lewandowski
    Pam Lewandowski Cypress, TX
    on Apr 6, 2017

    I need to show the Hubby. He just put the cages all around ours. Hmmm, I really like this method better!!

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