What is the Florida Weave system of staking?
Florida Weave is a system of staking developed for speed. Instead of driving a stake next to each plant and tying the plant to the stake, stakes are driven between each second plant. This saves driving almost 50% of the stakes. String is tied to the large stake at the end of each row, then is looped around each stake down the row. At the end of the row, the string is passed down the other side of the plants so that each plant is growing between two strings. The first string is placed at approximately 10 inches above the ground and another string is added as the plants grow each additional 10 inches. Determinate cultivars generally require three levels of string.
There’s nothing as divine as a homegrown tomato. I’m a sucker for a tomato sandwich or a BLT during summer.
Tomatoes are a popular crop for home gardeners, but they can be tricky to grow. Insects, disorders, and diseases can all cause problems with tomatoes.
Common Diseases of TomatoesCRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. -- Conditions have been ideal this summer for a disease outbreak that makes tomatoes wilt and look like they are just too dry.
Southern blight is a fungal disease of tomatoes commonly characterized by white, thread-like growth and brown or tan, round structures known as sclerotia at the base of the stem.
Greenhouse tomato growers and other interested individuals are invited to attend the 28th annual Mississippi Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 6-7.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – While nothing may beat the fresh taste of a home-grown tomato, a lot of things can go wrong in the garden to prevent the fruit from ever making it to the table.
Garden experts say tomato plants should be watered well, fertilized correctly, grown in direct sunlight and spaced properly so their leaves stay as dry as possible.
David Nagel, vegetable and home garden specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, listed three common problems that can plague tomato plants.