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MonkeyFlower
Sliema
Malta

September 22, 2013
10:14 AM

Post #9667076

Last year I planted tomato seeds and they grew very well, until they were attacked by insects at the beginning of summer. (I was told by a local farmer that it was probably an insect that goes inside the leaves and sucks them dry.) I plan on trying again this year, but would like to provide a netting to shelter the plants from insects. To do this, I intend putting four large pots in a square, place a bamboo stick in each one, join them across with bamboo cane joiners, and then place a netting over them. That way, the tomato plants can be put inside this shelter. My concerns are these:
1. if the netting is fine so as not to allow insects to get through, how are the blossoms going to get pollinated? Will wind be enough?
2. What can I plant in the four support pots that might be beneficial for tomatoes? I wouldn't like to have 4 pots standing around with just compost in them! I was thinking basil, salad leaves and rucola.

Thanks very much for your help!

jmc1987

jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 22, 2013
12:11 PM

Post #9667151

well you wont have to worry much about the pollination issue, as tomatoes are a self pollinating flower, although giving the plants a gentle shake every so often helps them out a bit more.

As for companion plants for tomatoes, here is a pretty decent list of some examples:

http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/12-companion-plants-grow-alongside-your-tomatoes.html
MonkeyFlower
Sliema
Malta

September 22, 2013
12:35 PM

Post #9667176

Thanks a lot for your help, now all I need is to find the appropriate netting!

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

September 22, 2013
1:00 PM

Post #9667187

Check a fabric store for white tulle. That's what I use, and it's cheap.
behillman
Plantersville, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 22, 2013
2:53 PM

Post #9667268

You probally won't need to worry about insects in the Fall.
vanita79
dubai
United Arab Emirates

September 26, 2013
9:37 AM

Post #9670736

Hi monkeyflower and others I am trying to grow cherry tomatoes. Just planted last month (from seeds). How big should the plant have been now? I've got four seedlings planted in a 2.5 gallon container and its got just 2 or 3 leaves per seedling. Is it growing slower than usual?

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MonkeyFlower
Sliema
Malta

September 27, 2013
12:17 AM

Post #9671270

@ Darius: The garden centre suggested I use curtain netting as opposed to tulle, she said tulle might not be very weather resistant and I might need to change it often. Have you had any problems in this regard?

@ Behillman: My plants have already started growing from random tomato seeds I had thrown in the pots, and we are still in full summer weather at the moment! I'd like to be prepared! :)

@ Vanita79: I'm not really an expert, as I've only been gardening for a year, but I would think it's growing quite normal. They might have a sudden growth spurt - that's what usually happens with mine! Good luck! :)

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

September 27, 2013
4:40 AM

Post #9671318

The tulle I used over my squash plants was only on for a short time to prevent squash borers, and then I removed and laundered it.

I think it all depends on what's available in your area, and how you use it.

jmc1987

jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2013
7:57 AM

Post #9671471

i used tulle to keep the carrot / rust flies off of my carrot plants, it lasted quite a long while, although it can tear easily if you mishandle it, seeing as how fine the mesh is.
MonkeyFlower
Sliema
Malta

September 27, 2013
11:21 AM

Post #9671622

That's good to know, thanks! I'll see what I find, and what's cheapest!

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

September 27, 2013
12:27 PM

Post #9671669

Here you go!

http://www.onlinefabricstore.net/tulle-fabric/108-inch-tulle-fabric/kelly-green-tulle-fabric-.htm

I bought a bolt of the Ivory tulle last month. It'll last forever (or at least a couple seasons for each piece), depending on how careful you are with it.

Don't snag it! Wash it, and go again!

Linda

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