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The weave method!

Post by Harvey_Birdman on Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:57 am

I just learned about the weave method this winter, and plan to try it out this year. Here is a video on it. Please let me know if you have tried it, and how well it works.

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Post by Sonshine on Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:31 am

I have heard of using this method, but had never understood what folks were talking about. Thanks for the video. We'll have to give it a try, at least with some of our tomatoes. I think I'll do most with the cages though, until I know how well the weave method works

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Re: The weave method!

Post by dizzy on Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:51 am

I'll be doing somethings similar this year. I HATE tomato cages. They're not big enough, plus they fall over. So, I'm going to go in the woods next to me, and get a bunch of small, dead cedars since they won't rot. Then, I'll use them and old baling twine to make a trellis. And, as needed, I'll use a piece of old t-shirt to tie them up.

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Post by Sonshine on Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:06 am

dizzy, I agree with you about the cages not being big enough. I wonder if bamboo would be strong enough to use for weaving.

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Post by 12acrehome on Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:27 pm

hmm, I'm gonna have to look into that. The last two years I just set a fence section behind the plants, and tied the plants to the fence. Makes harvesting kinda hard.

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Post by Farmfresh on Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:52 am

Very timely for me. I am all set up to start weaving mine tomorrow! This is the first time I have tried "the weave". I did something similar many years back with two parallel wires and my thornless blackberries.
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Post by Sonshine on Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:05 pm

farmfresh, you'll have to le us know how well it works out.

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Post by Farmfresh on Sun Jun 09, 2013 2:06 pm

Will do!
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Post by Farmfresh on Sun Jun 09, 2013 2:15 pm

Sonshine wrote:dizzy, I agree with you about the cages not being big enough. I wonder if bamboo would be strong enough to use for weaving.

I am using small metal T-posts. I had the same worries about strength.

My favorite tomato "cages" so far are some I and a friend made using those cattle panels with the 4 x 4 squares over the whole panel. I cut the panels into strips three "squares" wide and about 6 or 7 feet tall. I made the cuts with my "keys" (some of you call them bolt cutters Very Happy ). Then my friend, who is a black smith and likes to hammer things, basically bent them in the middle to a 90 degree angle. To use them I dig the bottom into the ground after clipping some of the cross wires off to make pokey feet. I plant the tomato right in the corner of the angle. Then as the tomato grows you weave it in and out of the spaces keeping the main stem close to the corner angle. It is darned sturdy and works great. When you pull them up in the fall they stack! The only problems are the cost of those special panels and how difficult it is to get them bent.
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Post by dizzy on Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:31 pm

FF, I was going to make something like that years ago, and never did. And, since I plant my tomatoes in a double row, I was basically going to have 4 of them w/the Vs at the back so I'd have a large square w/4 plants in it.

This year, I'm trying the weave for some of my tomatoes, and making a trellis out of cedar poles and baling twine for the rest. I'll see which I like better, then use that method next year.

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Post by Farmfresh on Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:04 pm

Experimenting is one of the joys of gardening in my view. I am always trying new things and new methods.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:38 am

Very interesting technique. I'm trying a 4x8ft wire rebar panel with 6 inch openings attached to pipes as a tomato trellis this year. I plan to use the garden Velcro to attach the plants to the trellis after I weave them through the open spaces. We'll see how it works as individual bamboo stakes didn't work too well here due to the high winds we can have throughout the growing season.
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Post by Farmfresh on Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:43 am

I use something similar at my community garden space. I have two 7 foot T-posts driven in and a section of cattle panel mounted to them solidly from the top. I have two trellises like that in a single bed. Each trellis is the length of the bed, which is right at 5 feet long.
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