Use Hairbands To Stake Tomatoes

When I grow tomatoes, I put the support stake in when I plant the tomato. On the stake, I place 2-3 soft terrycloth hairbands. As the plant grows, I move the bands up and use the bottom one to tie the plant to the stake. The hairbands are very gentle and do not dig into the plant, expanding as the plant grows, this keeps the plants staked without damaging them.

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I buy the hairbands at the dollar store and they come a dozen to a package so they very economical. Just make sure you buy the terrycloth kind that have a gentle stretch to them. And when growing season is over I just stick the bands in a lingerie bag and wash for the next year.

By Kim

April 17, 20080 found this helpful

KIM,

GOOD TIP. STRETCH TERRY PROVIDES MOVEMENT

AND GENTLE ON PLANT STALK.

WE USE TO USE PANTY HOSE.

BUT YOUR TIP IS ACTUALLY MUCH EASIER AND AT A GREAT PRICE.

PATTI

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April 18, 20080 found this helpful

I'm cheap. I use old pantyhose too but really like the knee-highs as I do not have to cut them up.

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