Losing the Cages
Most gardeners will grow tomato plants as bushing vines inside of three hoop tomato cages. This method unfortunately results in lots of vegetative growth of the vines but less than optimal fruit production. The professional way to grow to tomatoes, on the other hand, is vertically! So at Till Next Time Farms we’re learning how to master the technique.
Vertical growing offers a number of benefits to modern farmers including increased production, easier pruning, and easier harvesting. Tomatoes are a vining plant by nature and the varieties that we’ve chosen to grow perform well when trained into single stalk plants.
Since our operation is small and we don’t have a hot-house with a ceiling for growing tomatoes, Grant designed a vertical metal pipe frame over one of our raised beds to act as a support structure.
New methods to grow upwards
In 2019 we helped to restore the learning garden at Sitton Elementary school and planted over 70 tomato plants. Since we were growing outside without a greenhouse we needed a way to train our tomatoes vertically without the use of our Qlipr system.