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Post  justinr7 on 6/5/2013, 10:26 pm

Here is a pic from today (6/5/13). This is our first attempt at SFG. We are still learning all we can. We just harvested our first zucchini today! My tomatoes (bushes) are starting to really get big. I am thinking about trimming them skinny, putting in tall stakes and tying them off as they grow high. Any advice on tomato plant control?



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Post  southern gardener on 6/6/2013, 12:40 am

wow! your garden looks amazing!! congrats! what's in your mix? love the green lush plants!! bounce bounce
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Post  cindre2000 on 6/6/2013, 9:13 am

I only grow indeterminate varieties, so I am not sure how accurate this info is for determinates, but:

I trellis all my tomato's on 6' trellises, rather than cages, so they don't slump. I trim all the lower leaves off as it grows, until the lowest leaf is 2' off the ground. I continuously prune suckers for the first 2-3 feet as well.

Staking your plants (I would go with at least 6' stakes) and trimming the lower leaves will help keep disease and pests at bay.
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Post  mschaef on 6/6/2013, 11:14 am

There are lots of thread on pruning tomatoes. One thing that I have learn and try to do is where ever the sucker starts between the main steam and a branch I cut it out. That helps keep it under control.
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Post  Pepper on 6/6/2013, 11:23 am

justinr7 it totally depends on the TYPE tomato you planted. If you look on the tag it will tell you the type.

Determinates are a 'bush' type they produce almost all their fruit near the same time. These you do NOT want to "sucker". Here is a great info video on tomatoes it shows you how to sucker and string indeterminate tomatoes(which are more like a vine).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJgA4n-sCE8&feature=youtu.be

By the way your garden looks GREAT keep up the good work
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