Did I Make a Tragic Mistake???
I put in a 2nd raised bed yesterday based upon Mel Bartholomew's Square Foot Garden principle, including the Mel's Mix (I threw in some topsoil because it seemed too fluffy). I built a trellis per his plan (rebar, electrical conduit, nylon (I think) netting and went ahead and planted the 12 'front' squares away from the trellis.
For the tomatoes, I planted three Indeterminate 'Big Boys' and an Indeterminate 'Golden Jubilee'. I trimmed off the lower leaves from the main stalk leaving only two or three leaves at the top of the plant. I then planted the root ball at an angle in the Mel's Mix so that the main stalk angled around 30 degrees-ish towards the trellis so that I could start the weaving process as the plant grew.
My question is, did I do wrong in cutting the lower leaves off? I have never 'vined' a tomato up a trellis and it just made sense that, as the plant grows taller, you would weave the stem in and out and do the same with the leaves BUT that the lower leaves would hamper this process. I am thinking I may now have stressed my plants or otherwise done serious harm to them...
Attached is a picture of the layout.