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Re: Staking Kits, Ease of Use?
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2017, 09:08:31 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, mjb8743. This user is located in Zone 7, South NJ, Garden State. This was originally posted on June 18, 2007.

EMT conduit is used for electrical wiring. Its a galvanized metal tubing that's strong, fairly easy to cut, comes in 10 ft lengths for about $2-$3, and the 1/2" size is actually more like 5/8" diameter. I got mine at Lowes for $1.93 each.

Using straight and elbow connectors, I didn't need to worry about bending it.  When I have time, I will try and post a picture.

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Re: Staking Kits, Ease of Use?
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2017, 09:09:49 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, carolg. This user is located in Denver, CO Zone 5. This was originally posted on August 18, 2007.

I just finished staking all my veggies in EB and in ground  using my investment in the Ultomato Staking kit. I found them for $3 on clearance and saved me asking for help but did it all by self simply.  it was a big investment but I feel worth every penny too.  Everything is looking so neat and pretty.  Saved notes here as I may need more stakes next year so maybe consider this addition to what I have now.

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Re: Staking Kits, Ease of Use?
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2017, 09:11:07 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, Woodflower8. This user is located in Herndon, VA NW of DC Zone 6b-7a. This was originally posted on August 23, 2007.

I used a similar tomato cage, opened up  instead of the triangular cage, and I ran string up and down to narrow the net to about 4X5". I added an extra side from a second cage and it fit behind the 2 EBs and went into the dirt behind them. BUT, when a heavy wind came, it knocked over the patio (determinate?) type tomato which had a thick stem and I had to shove in a stake and tie it to that with the stocking.  I pressed some dirt around the bottom of the stem which had been bent or broken halfway, and watered that a bit to keep it tight until it healed or developed new roots.  Its the one on the left, and as you can see, it has lots of tomatoes on it. 
The other issue is that the boxes were too close, and the grape tomato blended in to the cukes, so next year Ill add an in-ground stake to the net and an extra side to the backdrop net/cage to separate them more.
Also, the two varieties (one Asian and one like straight  of cucumber didn't work together.  They were pollinated into a third variety by my local bees and I got some interesting shapes, one looked like a cobra snake coiling up- which I promptly left at my dads plate in his house for fun (he's 85 and an old gardener).   

I saw in a magazine called This Old House yesterday that gardeners in the very old days used to put glass tubes over their cucumbers to make them straight for prizes. Very funny how priorities change.  I don't think that'd solve the dominance of the variety though.
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Re: Staking Kits, Ease of Use?
« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2017, 09:14:04 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, Woodflower8. This user is located in Herndon, VA NW of DC Zone 6b-7a. This was originally posted on August 23, 2007.

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Re: Staking Kits, Ease of Use?
« Reply #19 on: June 08, 2017, 09:15:17 am »
Disclaimer: Tis post was originally posted by Newbie, box08. This was originally posted on April 14, 2008.

This is the first time I'm using a staking system with my Earthboxes.  I'm still a novice gardener and simply do not understand how I'm supposed to use the system with my tomato plants.  Do I weave the plants through the net as they grow?  Do I tie them on as one of the other posters noted (with what?)?  Please give me a play by play if you can. The more I know, the more successful I can be.
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Re: Staking Kits, Ease of Use?
« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2017, 09:17:39 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Horticulturalist, over 45 years in the business. The EarthBox Hero Member, kathy. This user is located in the mountains of PA Zone 5, almost 4. This was originally posted on April 14, 2008.

I prefer tying them on, rather than weaving, too much risk of injury to the plants. Old nylons (panty hose) work great,  so does strips of cloth, like old sheets or t shirts cut in to strips.


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Re: Staking Kits, Ease of Use?
« Reply #21 on: June 08, 2017, 09:19:02 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, Donald1800. This user is located in Fontana, CA Zone 8. This was originally posted on April 14, 2008.

I'm saving my old panty hose   for the cantaloupes, and use Hemp twine to loosely tie up the tomato stalks.

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Re: Staking Kits, Ease of Use?
« Reply #22 on: June 08, 2017, 09:22:27 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, mjb8743. This user is located in Zone 7, South NJ, Garden State. This was originally posted on April 14, 2008.

Even with my very solid trellises, when the tomatoes filled out and topped the trellises, I had to run twine around everything to contain them. I looped, tied and looped again...then after a few rains and blistering sun, the twine broke...so much for biodegradable twine.

So this year I'm going to use nylon twine for reinforcement.

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Re: Staking Kits, Ease of Use?
« Reply #23 on: June 08, 2017, 09:26:41 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, carolg. This user is located in Denver, CO Zone 5. This was originally posted on April 15, 2008.

I have successfully used last year the kits sold at Home Depot or even Lowe's? I believe: Ultomato (hope I spelt it right) Staking Kit. May search for this as we discussed it last year here. I even used it in my regular garden. Love it and left it outside in freezing winter without any problems along with my earthbox that stood the worst CO winters too.

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Re: Staking Kits, Ease of Use?
« Reply #24 on: June 08, 2017, 09:29:20 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by grb1. This user is located in Zone 5b Southeastern Wisconsin. This was originally posted on April 15, 2008.

carolg, how did you secure the Ultomato cages using the EarthBox? I have a lot of the Ultos but I'm using the EarthBox on a concrete patio.

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Re: Staking Kits, Ease of Use?
« Reply #25 on: June 08, 2017, 09:30:08 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by grb1. This user is located in Zone 5b Southeastern Wisconsin. This was originally posted on April 15, 2008.

Joia, I don't think just shoving the Ultomato cages into the potting mix would be stable enough support for tomatoes or peppers. There isn't enough depth in the boxes to keep them secure. I think most people shove the posts in the ground around the EarthBox but I'm not sure.

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Re: Staking Kits, Ease of Use?
« Reply #26 on: June 08, 2017, 09:31:13 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Horticulturalist, over 45 years in the business. The EarthBox Hero Member, kathy. This user is located in the mountains of PA Zone 5, almost 4. This was originally posted on April 16, 2008.

I shove mine in the ground behind my boxes, I put several together and made a fence of them. I would worry about them toppling over just being in that limited soil depth. Sure starting out they would work, but with heavy fruiting, you are heading for disaster.

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Re: Staking Kits, Ease of Use?
« Reply #27 on: June 08, 2017, 09:31:48 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by grb1. This user is located in Zone 5b Southeastern Wisconsin. This was originally posted on April 16, 2008.

Thanks Kathy, that is what I thought. I am using my EBs on a concrete patio. I was thinking of building a trellis out of PVC and duct taping the Ultomatos (made like a fence like you did) to the trellis.

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Re: Staking Kits, Ease of Use?
« Reply #28 on: June 08, 2017, 09:33:31 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Jr. Member, Joia. This user is located in Las Vegas, NV - Zone 9. This was originally posted on April 16, 2008.

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I shove mine in the ground behind my boxes, I put several together and made a fence of them. I would worry about them toppling over just being in that limited soil depth. Sure starting out they would work, but with heavy fruiting, you are heading for disaster.

Hrm.  Well - Ill just have to take my chances, I guess.  My EB is sitting on my concrete patio, and I'm planning on keeping it mobile, so that I can move it out of the direct sun once it really heats up next month.

Any suggestions for a stable staking system that can be used in my situation?

(Currently, my staking system is a single chopstick with the plant gently tied with twine - its been *crazy* windy for three days straight here in Vegas!)

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Re: Staking Kits, Ease of Use?
« Reply #29 on: June 08, 2017, 09:34:22 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by grb1. This user is located in Zone 5b Southeastern Wisconsin. This was originally posted on April 16, 2008.

Joia, The only staking thing I can think of to keep your EBs mobile would be to get the staking system from EarthBox. It comes with casters.