Water, Sun, Minerals and Nutrients
This is what is required for plants to grow. The tormato will help you feed your plants down at the root level, keeping the leaves dry and decreasing the instance of diseases. Simply drill some holes in the stake end of the Tormato (on the loops face) and another hole above ground at whatever height is comfortable and make it large enough to put your nutrients of choice into. I use an organic Alfalfa/Corn/Molassas brew that stinks to high heaven, but I suppose you could put whatever you feel your plants might need.
Some of the feedback I've recieved about the Tormato pertained to it's earth un-friendlyness. I'm a pretty earth-friendly person, so I went back to the drawing board. Here's what I came up with: Wood. and Aluminum and just a teeny scrap of PVC (though, your options there are limitless…it's what I had laying around). I have not yet figured out how to retain the nutrient delivery system, but I'm working on that. I won't be reposting instructions quite yet…(it's pretty busy around here this time of year), but here's a few photos! And some brief instructions!
9 gauge High Tension wire. Found near the chain link fence stuff @ my local big box hardware store. 170 feet for $14.99!! This will make *at LEAST* 10 tormatoes, so very cost effective.
My old tomato stakes. Roughly 1 or 1 1/2 x 1. Untreated — Cedar would be great for this. But this is just scrap lumber that I ripped down for tomato stakes.
Pretty much all the tools you'll need. Drill, Baby, Drill!! (yeah, I'm tired of it too.)
some time later..
Some various shots of the workings…
Tomatoes can be unruly. Most varieties are indeterminate species, and their natural tendency is to vine. By incorporating a trellising system into the Tormato, the tomato will have a strong center support. The tomato is gently wound around the string as it grows.
For additional support, the branches and suckers are set atop the spirals of the Tormato.