A lesson relearned
Had a zillion volunteer grape tomatoes this spring which I potted up. Didn't plan to garden this year but after giving away as many as I could, I decided to plant most of the rest. I always stake or cage tomatoes but this year got lazy and let them wander. Digging through the jungle to uncover ripe fruit is torturous! Not only are they spending more time "rooting" than making tomatoes, the fruit touching the ground has more insect damage and shaded by the leaves, ripening is stalled. Too late to corral them now but never again!
BTW, if you live near a large funeral home and aren't squeamish, the triangular racks that hold wreaths are often thrown away and can be used for cages. Not perfect but they work.