Tomatoes out of control... HELP!
This is my first year using the SFG method and my first year growing anything. I have five tomatoes plants in the raised bed, spaced 1 foot from each other. I put cages around each one. I tried to prune the suckers, but it got to be very hard keeping up and they got out of hand, growing into another tomato plant, eventually touching the other tomato plants and creating a jungle environment. The plants also grew tall, eventually falling over on each other, since they grew much higher than the four foot cages.
Here are my questions:
1. can I prune these large suckers (over a foot and growing tomatoes) without hurting the main stem?
2. For next year, should I use a cage or a stake?
3. How many squares apart should tomato plants be in the SFG?