Bobberman wrote:What would you pay for a nice tomato holding product? I have seen cages in orange and bright green coated heavy steel wire for $10 each! I usually buy 5 and 6 foot rough lumber post for a $1 that last three years. I have also bought bamboo but the ties slip down! The thin wire cages rectangles or loops are about 3 to $6 and rust and break.
There is a green plastic rod that lowes sells for 4 to $5 for 6 to 7 feet but it seems to become warped and not staight in a year! I even bought a 4 foot white plastic electric wire plastic post at tractor supply that has a steel peg at one end. I liked it but too small but lasted .I have about 8 from last year and they are fine for this year! I use about 50 supports or more a year! This year will probably be a 100!Any suggestions?
Google "Florida weave". I do four 60 foot rows of tomatoes, and the weave is the only way to go for long rows with lots of plants. I use heavy duty 6 foot T-posts (that I pound in with a sledge standing on a small step ladder) and a big roll of twine. At the end of the season you just snip & compost the twine & dead plants, and wiggle & pull up the T-posts to store. The T-posts are tough, you can leave them outdoors for the winter if you don't have a spot inside for them. Just raise them up on something so they're not touching the ground.
The only drawback (aside from a fairly big outlay of cash the first season for the posts) is that you absolutely must weave before the plants they get too big, otherwise you're in for a long afternoon, LOL. And try to plant tomatoes that reach a similar height together- it doesn't work as well when you have tall & short in the same row. But otherwise, it's great.