If you are into watching gardening “types,” there is nothing quite as revealing or entertaining as matching the tomato prop to its inventor, writes columnist Adrian Higgins.
Where do you fit in our gallery? The tomato vine, in all its forms, is a floppy creature that needs the gardener’s help.The plant’s sprawling nature is no weakness: It forces the person behind it to find wonderfully low-tech methods of supporting it. The resulting props reflect the utilitarian beauty of the summer vegetable garden, the creative ingenuity of every gardener and, best of all, the idea that there is no one way to raise a perfect tomato. (Or much else in the garden.) Buy Photo
There are two basic approaches to the enterprise: You can stake your vine or stick it in a cage. The cage is about two steps above just letting the thing sprawl. That too is an option. But if you choose the cage, make it tall enough and secure it with a stake. Vidhya Nagarajan/For The Washington Post