It’s that time of the year when we’re in the
garden. We’re giving our tomatoes, our eggplant and our peppers some type of support system
to grow up on. It’s according to how much we grow, what system we use. If we’re growing
just very few plants, we like to use the collapsible cages where you just unfold them, stick them
in the ground. And that works great for just a few plants. We have more than that this
year with this area right here. So we’re using a string, trellis type system. And the products
that we use for this right here is either one of these two. And this is a biodegradable,
100% cotton product. And this is more of a synethic product that the commercial growers,
the market farmers use. And the great thing about it is it’s in a box and it has holes
there so you can run your belt through there and put it on your side. Simply pull the twine
out of the box. 2,100 yards in this box, so there’s a lot of product in there. And if
your not growing a big garden, this would last you for a few years. This product here
is also used for chef’s twine, for in the kitchen. Now if you don’t get it all up and
you leave it in the ground, it’s simply going to biodegrade. And pulling on it in between
your fingers, you don’t have to worry about it burning because it is a cotton product.
This year what we used is the Florida Weave system on our tomatoes and eggplant and peppers.
Now on the end I put up real sturdy “T” posts as an anchor and I used these wood posts in
the middle. And the wood posts are probably about every 3′ apart. On the ends you want
to make sure that you’ve got something real sturdy because you’re going to be pulling
more on that and it’s more important than what you have in the middle there. Basically
what I would use is whatever I had or whatever I could reuse. Now with the Florida Weave
system, there’s two different ways of doing this and I’ll show you. First I tie off on
the ends. And then I kind of zig zag in between. Now I’ve already ran one down here a few days
ago, so this is the second time. And I’ll probably end up having about four or five
times, according to how big my plants get. So I run down through here and then I run
back this way. When I get to the post, I keep it tight and I run it around there a couple
times. And then, the same thing again. Run that way, come back this way. Get to the post,
keep it tight. The cotton will stretch just a little bit, but it’s really not bad. Same
thing, in and out. Now tomatoes are fairly tough, and you normally don’t have any problems
with breaking them off or anything doing this. But when you get to the peppers, I do have
a problem and I do it another way. And I show you that in just a second. Okay so I’ve came
on this side. Now I’m going to come back and catch the other side. What that does is kind
of keeps everything tied off. It keeps it from moving this way and this way. And when
I get to the end, just tie it off. I do my eggplants the same way, the same weave method
I do with the tomatoes. Now eggplants have a real bulky fruit on there and they have
a lot of wind damage, they can blow over real easy. So it’s important that you support them.
So I’ll go this way, come back this way. Same thing here. This way, this way, keep it tight.
Tie it off. Now I’ll start back and I’ll catch the other side of the plant, hold it in there
just like that. And I’ll probably end up doing this on the eggplants maybe one more time
and that will give us plenty of support to hold that fruit on there. I
have a different pepper varieties right here.
And peppers are a lot more tender than eggplants and tomatoes, so I have to change the way
I do this a little bit. Now this is still considered the Florida Weave, but instead
of zig zagging in between the plants, I’m just going to run down the side and then run
back. And what that is going to do is secure them this way. But if you get them too tight
with the in and out method, it’s very easy to snap them off because they’re real tender.
So I run down this side, tie it off real tight. And although some of the plants might not
be big enough, I”ll go ahead and do it and then I’ll come back as the plants grow and
get them up and put them in between there. Tie it off there at the end. Okay and there
you have it. And that’s called the Florida Weave system, a great way to support your
peppers, eggplants and tomatoes.