In the June/July 2012 issue of Mother Earth News, Bryan Welch writes in his column “Beautiful and Abundant” of Lessons he’s Learned From the Vegetable Garden:
Among the lessons I’ve learned from nature is the value of abundance. Given the opportunity, nature always creates extra of everything. Nature plants a big garden. The natural prairie where I farm has evolved to support about 700 different plant species. Some thirve in dry weather, others in wet. Some like a hot spring. Some like it to stay cool. Some broadcast seeds in June. Some wait for September. Every year, something prospers and something trims its biological budget by slowing its growth or going dormant. No single species flourishes every year.
And so it is with vegetables in the garden. After a couple of off years, this year we’ve got a huge growth of tomato plants. Alas, the regular tomato cages I bought cheap at a local big box store just aren’t standing up to the sprawling tomatoes. I found a great website listing a variety of choices for supporting indeterminate tomatoes at: http://www.mastergardeners.org/picks/tomato_staking.html .
Given the large plants already in place, I chose to go with the vertical string method. I already had PVC that I had used to do vertical string supports for pole beans last year, so I put them up today. I must admit the results turned out quite nice!
Part of the excitement of gardening — discovering what the abundance will turn out to be…