ideas for tomato plant supports?
I'm wondering what we can do differently next year for our tomatoes for support. DH plows our garden every year before planting, and we keep picking small rocks out as we find them. But when he tried to put the tomato cages he bought into the soil this year, he kept hitting more rocks which made it very difficult to insert far enough to be sturdy. He opted to not use them at all (especially since we often find they really aren't tall enough anyway as the plant grows to it's full potential)and let the plants fall where they may. Although the plants are producing nicely (most of them, anyway), it is rather a mess of branches out there and difficult to walk through, pick, and determine which plant is which! So we need to make a better plan for next year, IMO.
The year before, he put in some small posts and strung string across them. Then we rested the branches against the string. It worked pretty well, so maybe we'll at least go back to that.
What are others using to support their tomato plants that you find works well - and isn't TOO expensive?