Tomato Sprawling Experiment
For many years I've only "staked" all my tomato plants (except for cherry varieties that I cage). This year I'm sprawling 3 tomato plants in a special plot (SuperSteak, Mortgage Lifter, & Sudduth Brandywine). Normally I don't sprawl due to increased disease, pests, fruit rot losses, smaller but more fruits, harder to harvest/find fruits, space considerations, earlier plant demise, and just plain ugly jumbled plants.
My new approach/experiment involves the following method which may or may not help with a few of these problems:
I'm giving these 3 plants a 10'x10' area with a distance ~5' between them planted in a triangle. Buried irrigation oozer hose for water source. A large piece of cardboard is being used to block weeds within the triangle and it's covered with 4" straw for the sprawling plants to rest upon. I also buried some extra fish waste below the plants for the heck of it (leftovers from corn exp). Now it's up to mother nature to do the rest. Will update progress as season advances. vgkg