Don't worry, tomato stakes will not put the health of your precious tomatoes at stake! I think most plant lovers would agree with me. Such stakes help keep the tomato plants upright and prevent them from rotting on the ground.
Uses of Tomato Stakes
1. There are metal, plastic, and wooden plant stakes available in the market. Wooden stakes should be purchased with care because the constant moisture in the soil might cause them to rot under the surface. Buying good quality wood stakes will ensure that they stay intact for 3-5 years.
2. It is very important to know when to plant tomatoes, when to use the stakes, and how to make the plants grow around it. The first step is to select some of the tomato varieties that you wish to plant, then fix the stake into the soil or pot, once the tomato seeds have been planted. This leaves room for the seeds to germinate and breathe.
4. These stakes are excellent for combating growth problems and diseases such as rotting, formation of molds and insect damage in the plant. Even though fertilizers serve the same purpose, they do not work as effectively as these stakes. Also a tomato stake would cause absolutely no harm to the plant.
The plants are not harmed as they do not absorb any excessive moisture and even bacterial growth gets controlled to a large extent since the tomatoes grow above the ground level, thereby providing the tomatoes enough circulation and sunlight to breathe.
5. They also help make it easier to manage the growth of the plants and harvest them with greater ease, as compared to conventional ground plantation methods that had tomatoes growing in a scattered fashion on the soil bed.
6. These stakes can be made from household items such as antenna rods, hangers, garden fences, scrap rods, and branches of sturdy plants. The best stakes are those which last long and can be reused for a couple of years.
How to Ripen Tomatoes
Tomatoes take approximately 60 to 90 days to ripe. But, by the time fall begins, not all the tomatoes manage to ripen, so they need to be specially treated by you at home using ripening methods such as the, 'cardboard box method', 'plastic bag method' and the 'paper bag method'. These are absolutely natural and safe methods of ripening tomatoes at home.
Storing Tomatoes for Winter
This winter you can still savor the taste of fresh tomatoes, without having to spend too much during the off-season. Canning and freezing vegetables has been a commonly practiced method for preservation.
They help retain the nutrients and quality of the food products during winters. Storing tomatoes for winter is simple and practical, and can be done through methods such as, canning, freezing, and drying tomatoes with salt in a food dehydrator.
Tomato stakes are very practical to use, convenient to manage, low maintenance, and are very effective in helping the growth of tomatoes which are known to have brittle and easily breakable branches.