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Old May 26, 2017   #1
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Default Lean and lower in 9 sq ft

Anyone else try to scale down the commercial lean and low tomato trellising method? Thought id show some pics of my attempts. For me this trellising style is as much about disease prevention as it is efficient use of space
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Old May 26, 2017   #2
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Now that is great use of the area you have on your deck. I see a whole lot of plants on the ground too. What else are you growing?
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Now that is great use of the area you have on your deck. I see a whole lot of plants on the ground too. What else are you growing?
Thanks I grow all kinds of stuff. Things i like to eat personally and some neighbors and friends like to buy. Lots of brassica greens mixes, lettuce mixes, kale, chard, living bibb lettuce in the nft system, 6 varieties of citrus, hydroponic seascape stawberries and most of all tomatoes - all the good stuff
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that is awesome BYB.... Looks great.
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Brix:

Love it! This is my first year grafting and using lean and lower. Looks like you've been doing the same.

Here's a thread for lean and lower from this year - you will see that some that graft also lean and lower:

http://tomatoville.com/showthread.ph...ght=lean+lower

I'm going to steal your mini-lean and lower idea! Super efficient use of space.
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Brix:

What size containers are those for your tomatoes? Did you later add soil mix to the container for the roots to expand in to?

Looks like some of the same issues I deal with: yard size and usable area due to some shading?

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Dude that stuff looks great!
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Beautiful work!
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that is awesome BYB.... Looks great.
Thanks!
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Brix:

Love it! This is my first year grafting and using lean and lower. Looks like you've been doing the same.

Here's a thread for lean and lower from this year - you will see that some that graft also lean and lower:

http://tomatoville.com/showthread.ph...ght=lean+lower

I'm going to steal your mini-lean and lower idea! Super efficient use of space.
Do it I've also converted it for vertical strawberries in the past. The template works for many plants
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Brix:

What size containers are those for your tomatoes? Did you later add soil mix to the container for the roots to expand in to?

Looks like some of the same issues I deal with: yard size and usable area due to some shading?

Jeff
In the hydroponic system those are nursery #3 containers in a 3x3 foot tray. I did fill the tray with a mix of grow rocks and hydroton in that one picture. The resulting root mass was pretty impressive. I have pics somewhere I'm sure

I am quite certainly limited by space. I am a single story house squeezed between 2 and 3 story houses so lots of shadows that move seasonally. There is standing room only at this point outside but it works for me
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Appreciate it I like to grow things in every imaginable way. It's all about the learning

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Again, thanks for sharing your ideas and pics. It's what makes T-ville great!

I'm adding a late planting this year and was running over all my planting options but a square lean & lower would work great.
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Everything looks good but my question is how old are those tomato plants ? Mine would be frozen before the stems got that long.
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Everything looks good but my question is how old are those tomato plants ? Mine would be frozen before the stems got that long.
At least 5-6 months. In the hoop house i plant in march and cut it all down at the end of december. No freezing in these parts
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Well done!
Thanks for sharing.
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