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Post  GlassHen 4/19/2011, 2:32 pm

What do you use to tie/train your plants up your trellis?
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Post  elliephant 4/19/2011, 3:29 pm

The green stretchy stuff
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Post  acara 4/19/2011, 4:14 pm

I like the VELCRO FASTENERS

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Under $4.00/roll (USD), for 45 yard roll, in most box stores. Even I can't burn through a roll of this stuff in an all-vertical, trellised, 4x4 SFG box, in a single season (so it may last some folks their entire gardening career Very Happy ).

.... But if you do manage to burn through an entire roll on your box, or have a lot of boxes, it's reuseable (I just remove it at the end of season and keep it in a ziplock until next time I need it).

My favorite things about this product is that it has a soft/smooth side, which doesn't score/scratch my tomato stems & it's 1/2" wide and won't cut into my plants under high winds or heavy loads, like twine will.
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Post  fiddleman 4/19/2011, 4:51 pm

I use baling twine/sisal twine. cheap, cheap, cheap! (kinda like me!) I bought a HUGE roll for $10.00 about 5 years ago, and won't ever see the end of it I don't think. In my neck of the woods, I haven't ever in 30 years of gardening had any problems with twine scoring or causing problems with the tomatoes; I only tie tight enough to support the tomatoes by tying under a branch of leaves and around the stems of the tomatoes plants. I tie it loose enough to get a finger or two between the tomato plant and the trellis.

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner 4/19/2011, 6:42 pm

Jute twine.....and my boy scout knot-tying pictures...lol.
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Post  camprn 4/19/2011, 6:50 pm

I use an over and under style trellis so I simply wind the vine plant around the vertical strings. Usually no need for extra ties for vines.
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Post  acara 4/19/2011, 7:44 pm

Yeah, my freak wind gust/storms snap off anything more than 6" above the last tie-point if I use twine ..... break line is usually exactly at the point the twine intersects the plant. Even if it doesn't snap, it will bruise/scar the stem if I use anything under 1/4" thickness.

Even the 1/2" soft side of the velcro leave "calouses" where it rubs ..... just my "local growing challenge"

I also have to snug the attachment point & adjust my velcro as the stem thickens. Any "slop" in the attachment point ends up being stem damage for me pale .
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Post  florenceq 4/19/2011, 9:15 pm

I use old t-shirts cut into strips.
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Post  sceleste54 4/19/2011, 9:48 pm

I bought the Velcro tie roll for the first time this year and I am SOLD !!!! I used to use old pantyhose and sisal but this stuff is great !!
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Post  Furbalsmom 4/19/2011, 10:00 pm

I used velcro last year and this year am reusing lots of the straps. Love the stuff
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Post  martha 4/19/2011, 10:08 pm

I use plastic ties

http://www.amazon.com/Luster-Leaf-Rapiclip-Garden-Tomato/dp/B000ZIKD9U/ref=sr_1_21?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1303265172&sr=1-21

They are figure 8 shaped - one circle goes around the stake and one snaps around the tomato stem. They were easy to use, and I've been finding some that I missed picking up in the fall. After living out in the harsh winter we had this year, they still look great!
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Post  acara 4/19/2011, 10:11 pm

We need the tomato-queen to pipe in ...she's got some plastic-thing-a-ma-bobs from one of the nursury websites that are really cool .... I just cant find the link :?:
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Post  martha 4/19/2011, 10:13 pm

Who's the tomato queen?
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Post  missmarie 4/19/2011, 10:29 pm

I can't believe I'm the only one who uses old pantyhose. Very Happy
I just cut them into 1/4 inch strips. The nylon (or whatever mystery fiber they're made of these days) is very gentle to the plants. Last year, three pairs of knee highs staked everything that needed staking in my yard.
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Post  walshevak 4/19/2011, 10:55 pm

missmarie wrote:I can't believe I'm the only one who uses old pantyhose. Very Happy
I just cut them into 1/4 inch strips. The nylon (or whatever mystery fiber they're made of these days) is very gentle to the plants. Last year, three pairs of knee highs staked everything that needed staking in my yard.


That's all I use also.

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Post  Old Hippie 4/19/2011, 11:04 pm

Pantyhose, old t-shirts, etc. I don't buy stuff for that.

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Post  westie42 4/20/2011, 12:36 am

The above comments have persuaded me to get some of that velcro especially since it is reusable year2year. However it would also be nice to hear first from the tomato queen about her special ties.
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Post  acara 4/20/2011, 8:51 am

martha wrote:Who's the tomato queen?

Carolyn ....

She who has the best toys shall be queen ....LOL
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