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.
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?
@ 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! :)