Tomato Ties One On

I am happy to report there are several small tomatoes dangling from the “branches” of the patio tomato plant that I bought at the Farmers Market in Omaha, Neb.

The tomatoes have gained such a size, in fact, that the plant is starting to lean to one side. That was my cue that it was time to give my tomato plant some support. And as I was doing so yesterday, I thought, “This might be a good gardening tip to share on the blog.”

So here it is: Cut pantyhose legs into loops and use the loops to tie up your plants. The loops are plenty stretchy and soft, so they won’t cut into the plants. Since I began boycotting pantyhose quite a few years ago, I have a whole drawer full just waiting to be put to use in this way. I’m currently cutting up a pair of white pantyhose.

Be sure to use a sharp pair of scissors to cut through the material, making about ½-inch-wide loops that resemble lightweight rubber bands. I usually cut up a bunch at the beginning of the year and put them with my other gardening supplies in the garage. They can be looped through each other to make a longer section of tying material. As plant ties, they are strong and durable and hold a knot well.

Shortly after I planted the tomato in a large pot, I added a strong bamboo pole, which in this case was recycled from a tiki torch. I just made a slip knot with one of the loops around the tomato plant’s stem and tied it off to the pole. Job done.