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Post  jimmy cee on 6/3/2016, 5:36 am

Last season I made a quick version of a canopy to hold tomato plants high off the ground, giving the lower area good ventilation. As everyone should be aware of ventilation for tomato's is important to prevent problems with plants.
This season I decided to polish up this idea with 40 various plants..Shown below is up to date. I'll be adding pictures as plants progress, hoping it works as well as hoped for. As the plants grow I will rest them on above supports, trimming below as necessary, while keeping above pruned.
All plants here have been started and flourished in Mel's Mix...using compost right out of the pile.

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Post  Zmoore on 6/3/2016, 7:22 am

Nice.
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Post  CitizenKate on 6/3/2016, 9:22 am

Neat idea. I was thinking of trying something similar with pvc.
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Post  sanderson on 6/3/2016, 12:18 pm

Jimmy, You are always making neat projects! tomato canopy 3170584802

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Post  trolleydriver on 6/3/2016, 1:46 pm

@sanderson wrote:Jimmy,  You are always making neat projects! tomato canopy 3170584802

+1 ... Must have an amazing mind.
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Post  jimmy cee on 6/3/2016, 2:40 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:
@sanderson wrote:Jimmy,  You are always making neat projects! tomato canopy 3170584802

+1 ... Must have an amazing mind.

It amazes me most of the time, not in a good way either...LOL....Must be a kickoff from my early teenage days, I wanted an erector set soooo bad  (Gilbert) was the company that made them, parents just couldn't afford it..
Wife says my garden is now my erector set.
Now as I sit and look at my garden I am always thinking of what to do...someday hopefully, I'l sit and enjoy it..
I got the canopy idea from seeing all the lush top growth in the rain forests. Maybe this will turn into some type of a new trellis system..It bring the fruit up to the light where needed, keeps the bottom free and clear for air..That I've been doing for years.
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Post  jimmy cee on 6/14/2016, 8:16 am

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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/14/2016, 1:27 pm

Jimmy, where do you get all the supplies to build all this neat stuff? If they don't have it at Home Depot I wouldn't know where to go. I'm totally craft and construction challenged!
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Post  jimmy cee on 6/14/2016, 10:35 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Jimmy, where do you get all the supplies to build all this neat stuff? If they don't have it at Home Depot I wouldn't know where to go. I'm totally craft and construction challenged!
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1953 I had my very first auto. A 1941 buick torpedo. not a window was solid, take the floor mats up and you could see the road., people followed me by the trail of oil I left on the road. Etc Etc. It wouldn't start one day and I had to call a mechanic. After he got the car running, I asked him what he did. He showed me a point file. ( these days cars don't need them). That was the beginning of my hoarding career. When tires had tubes, I carried all parts to repair the tire, even breaker bars to remove tire from rim, if I couldn't repair it I just replaced with a new tube I carried along.
Now aske me where do / did I get all this stuff...I collect and can't discard anything, I put it out for trash to take, then I sit and have morning coffee looking at all I could make with it...back it goes.
So strange though, my wife is so neat and orderly....HA HA HA..but I do buy lots also.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/14/2016, 10:48 pm

Genius. Cannot wait to see this! thanks
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Post  sanderson on 6/15/2016, 5:33 am

Jimmy,  Are these determinates or indeterminates?  Now that they are getting taller, I see how it works.  thinking

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Post  has55 on 6/15/2016, 10:14 am

@trolleydriver wrote:
@sanderson wrote:Jimmy,  You are always making neat projects! tomato canopy 3170584802

+1 ... Must have an amazing mind.
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Post  Leone on 6/15/2016, 11:33 am

Nice idea, Jimmy. Your miniature "rain forest" is looking so lush!

I was wondering, why do you have rings around your tomatoes? Is it to prevent cutworms, or something else?
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Post  terryNeb on 6/15/2016, 12:10 pm

Why am I unable to see his pictures. I'm logged in.
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Post  terryNeb on 6/15/2016, 12:11 pm

OK, now they showed up. don't know what the deal was.
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Post  yolos on 6/15/2016, 1:20 pm

@terryNeb wrote:Why am I unable to see his pictures. I'm logged in.
Sometimes it just takes a bit of time.  Also depends on the speed of your internet connecion and maybe the speed of your computer.  When I had DSL it took a lot longer to load the pictures in a thread.  Now that I have cable internet, they come up real fast, usually.
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Post  jimmy cee on 6/15/2016, 10:24 pm

@Leone wrote:Nice idea, Jimmy. Your miniature "rain forest" is looking so lush!

I was wondering, why do you have rings around your tomatoes? Is it to prevent cutworms, or something else?

Originally, I added these when planting, they went on easy, added a bit of protection from whatevers. chipmunks, etc. Then as I watered I found it was so nice to just add water to the container, watch it fill and drain. Since Mel's Mix is so friable, it is nice to see good drainage. Also, I think it looks neat, especially in the beginning. Any crawling critters are needing to work for access.
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Post  jimmy cee on 6/17/2016, 11:04 am

Growing just the way I want them to

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Post  has55 on 6/17/2016, 2:48 pm

awesome!!!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/17/2016, 5:57 pm

I love it!
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Post  jimmy cee on 7/14/2016, 12:07 pm

growing up through, not enough tomato's to make plants lay down as of today.


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Post  has55 on 7/14/2016, 8:13 pm

Looks great Jimmie. Beautiful.
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Post  sanderson on 7/15/2016, 6:00 pm

So that's what healthy tomatoes look like!

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