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Indeterminates in a hoop (cloche) covered bed

Posted by Grim42 CO (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 21, 13 at 22:37

I'm building a "cloche" raised bed for growing tomatoes. Kind of like a 4x8 hoop house. I want to grow indeterminate tomatoes but, most are 6'+ high and the cloche is about 4.5' high. Has anyone ever tried running them vertically up about 4' and then running them down to the side? I can try to make the cloche higher but that has it's own challenges. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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RE: Indeterminates in a hoop (cloche) covered bed

  • Posted by uncle_t Z6 Ontario CAN (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 22, 13 at 18:54

From your post it appears you would like to use a protective cover for your indeterminates as (autumn) first frost approaches. Around here we can sometimes get a few days of Sept frost, only to have autumn continue warm until late October.

For this reason I string-trellis my tomatoes with a hook knot atop; so that when risk of frost occurs I unfasten the vines and CAREFULLY place them on the ground wrapped in a sleeping bag until overnight frost clears. Then I place the strings back on their hooks. I know it sounds unorthodox and weird, but it works for me.

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