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This picture is of a tomato cage wrapped in 14ml plastic cut from a painterís drop cloth. The painterís drop cloth was chosen for its thickness. This material was chosen as a cover due to frequent hard frosts in May as well as late August through November when this picture was taken. The cover is held on using several paracord wraps. Previous attempts to use various types of tape and even Velcro strips were unsuccessful. The top cover is a 55-gallon barrel drum cover from U.S. Plactics which looks a lot like a Sasquatch hairnet. Although the top cover has a sewn in bungi cord this was found to be inadequate for high winds. An addition piece of paracord is used to fasten the top cover in place, however the paracord is made short of the circumference and two loops are tied into each end. The two loops are then connected with a short bungi cord to hold it tight, thus allowing easy access to the top opening for harvesting or opening on sunny afternoons during the cooler months when the cover is in place. Typically these covers can be removed around June 15th and back on around mid-August. The tomato plants are trimmed, removing all growth outside the cages and any growth over the tops of the three foot cages before recovering in the fall. Also, all flowers are removed from the plants at the first of August, allowing only the larger fruits to finish ripening.

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