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Post  Feistywidget on 11/1/2011, 7:43 pm

The only experience I have with growing tomatoes is determinate varieties; that is, ones that more compact and bushier.

Normally the reason I do this is because I grow tomato plants in containers. I just don't think it's a good idea to grow indeterminate varieties in a confined space, because they sprawl and need lots of space.

However is it possible to grow indeterminate varieties with SFG? If so how many per square? Please tell me how many can be grown per box with vertical gardening and how many per box without using this method

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Post  quiltbea on 11/1/2011, 11:22 pm

I grow one inderminate tomato per square and it works fine because I string them. I have 7' tall fence posts on the northern outer corners of my boxes and secure a board or pipe across the top. Along the bottom I string a wire from one post to the other fence post really tight. Then I run a string from the top bar to the bottom wire and tie. As the tomatoes grow I twist them gently up around the string. I use a strong tomato twine and they are sturdy and secure thru the whole season.



You can see the green tomato twine in the above photo.

You can do the same thing with stakes, just be sure they are strong and at least 6' long.



You'll have to tie your branches to the stakes.
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 11/1/2011, 11:45 pm

One per square, build a conduit trellis like Mel mentions in the book, and you will have 10 foot tomatoes in 6 inches of soil. It'll shock you!
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Post  camprn on 11/2/2011, 7:05 am

I grew my indeterminate tomatoes in every other square with smaller plants in some of the squares in between. I used a similar stringing trellis system as Quiltbea, but I had constructed an overhead trellis frame.

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 11/2/2011, 9:09 am

I wonder if using lettuces or spinaches in between would keep them from bolting later in spring since they like cooler temps and don't mind a dappling of shade?
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Post  quiltbea on 11/2/2011, 2:57 pm

I start lettuce seed in my coldframe and then stick small lettuce plants between my tomato plants as a given. They provide the shade that helps them grow and prevents bolting. Spinach would also benefit from growing between tomatoes. I also cut away any branches on my tomatoes 6"-8" up from the soil so they don't get splashed with bacteria during the rains and I mulch them as soon as the soil is warm as an added measure against soil-borne diseases.
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