Holy Tomato Trellis Batman!

I have grand plans for the sun gold tomatoes I got from the FedCo sale last weekend…
tomato trellis (2) tomato trellis (1)

Actually, I was playing with goats and sheep last weekend, so a friend who works up there grabbed me a couple. They are twice the size of the one I got last year! Last year my single plant was about 2.5 m tall, and that was with pinching off the suckers! My friend says she doesn’t bother pinching the suckers on these, and her single plant grew to ramble about 15 feet across the yard.

So, I have high hopes that the two plants will cover this trellis with mounds and mounds of little golden orange jewels.

I built the trellis today out of a junk Norway maple that DH cut down last weekend (so the back garden would get more light). He just rolled his eyes at the thing when I started it, but I like it, and the neighbors commented that they like it… and in the end he likes it too.

The weekend was also about iris… cleaning out the front bed… the nasty goutweed is winding its way all through the iris and I think it keeps it damp and nice habitat for those snails that like to munch it. Hopefully a bit of air will help them. They have good and bad years, not sure how last year was.

Here’s the nasty goutweed in the Siberian iris, on the left (didn’t get to this yet), and the weeded out part on the right.
iris (1) iris (2)

And somebody gave me some dwarf dark purple iris! So I made a place for them… bigger iris to the side and bee balm behind. I dug up some big clods of the Siberian iris that had pushed its way into this little bed… and put it down in an open spot left from clearing out some goutweed.

I’ve been knitting little fish. But no spinning… yet! Maybe next weekend!

5 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Mom said,

    May 13, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    You are an amazing woman! XOXOXO Mom

  2. 2

    Blogless Carrie said,

    May 13, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    Tomato trellis is way cool – Well done!

  3. 3

    Kate Cutko said,

    May 13, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    That trellis is awesome. I can’t really picture the sun golds getting that big, but I believe you, and like your optimism. A mid summer report is needed.
    Happy Mother’s Day.

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    kmkat said,

    May 13, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    Goutweed is devil spawn, no doubt about it. If there is still some in the bed in the late summer, paint the leaves with RoundUp. It will suck the herbicide right down to it’s roots and DIE!

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    Diane McKenney said,

    May 14, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    goutweed – the only way to get rid of it is to move

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