Homegrown tomatoes are the best as they actually have taste and can be eaten as a snack with the addition of a bit of salt. YUM!
Why not build a tomato tower to make a structure for your tomatoes to grow up and to provide enough water to increase yield? (that means more tomatoes, a win win situation)
You will need
Some mesh of some form that can bend to make a circle
Wire cutters or pliers
Old 5 litre bucket
Wire fasteners or tie wire
Spadeful of compost
Drill and bit
- Drill 2 rows of holes in the bucket from the bottom approximately 5cm between rows.
- Measure the mesh out by bending into a circle around the bucket. I used chicken wire but ringlock or budgie mesh would be fine. You can buy small amounts of mesh at some discount stores or ask a friend who may use mesh as they will usually have some leftovers that are too small to use for fencing.
- Cut the mesh to size.
- Join the mesh to form the circle. I use wire fasteners that can be purchased from most hardware stores in the fencing section. The clips and applicator are such a great little invention. Alternatively use tie wire to join.
- Find a level spot for your tower where you can access around the mesh. Dig a hole so that the bucket sits with the highest drilled holes just visible. Place the bucket inside.
- Place 1 spadeful of compost in the bucket.
- Place the mesh around the bucket and backfill a little with soil so that it sits well
- Plant tomatoes around the mesh.
- Water in.
- Each time you water the plants put the water inside the bucket.
- As the tomatoes grow you will need to fasten them to the mesh. Old stockings are great for this as they do not harm the stems.
- Enjoy your leaning tower of tomato 🍅 Mine actually is leaning (it just adds character).
What are your tomato growing tips?