Well, we're trying something new with our tomatoes this year. Instead of using cages or staking them and using twisty ties to secure the stems to the stakes, we're doing the Florida Weave. It kind-of sounds like a dance, doesn't it? You can picture it- people in their Bermuda shorts and sun hats miming the weaving of wicker patio furniture.
Okay, maybe not.
The general idea is that instead of tying your plants to stakes, you weave twine around stakes placed throughout your rows. You do this every 8 inches or so as your tomato plants grow. The tomato plant is held between the two strands of twine (at different heights) which support them gently.
A farmer friend of ours who runs a CSA and sells at our farmer's market does his tomatoes this way, so Jamey wanted to follow suit. It allows for easy-to-navigate rows (important in a semi-cramped garden like ours) and makes the tomatoes very accessible for picking. I helped add the next row of twine this past weekend and am sold on the method. Here is helpful tutorial on how to do the Florida Weave (You can't help but picture the dance, can you?) and below are more pictures of how ours look.
We'll let you know how it goes, but so far, so good.