Originally Posted by Arielle
Need suggestions---all ideas welcome.....
need a tomato cage for a 2 foot determinate
how to cover in red plastic wrap???? Who knows of a source of red plastic that is clearish??
Saw red platic water walls but croaked at the price of $21 for 3 without shipping.
Trying to set out tomatos early but also survivie the wonky up -downs of New England weather. No greenhouse yet..maybe next year.
How big are those plants? This is what I like to do: Take those tomato cages (if you're using them) and lay them FLAT over the tomatoes. Peg them in place, so the wind doesn't blow them around. Then lay your clear plastic over them. Tomato cages can be used this way to make a poly tunnel for any thing your're planting early. As the weather warms, you can poke some ventilation holes here and there. Then, when the weather really warms up, you can stand them cages up, and if needed, wrap them individually with plastic to give you a bit more early spring heat, but they will be top ventilated so they don't cook. While studies show that red plastic does enhance growth, IMO the extra expense does not justify the use of it, when clear plastic is so easy to come by, and it gets the job done quite nicely. Wall-O-Water... same thing. Excellent product, but I've never been able to justify the cost when milk jugs are free, and destined for the land fill. Plant those tomatoes, set a couple of filled milk jugs around them, then cover the whole works with plastic. Other option: make a cold frame closed on N, E, W with hay or straw bales. Sloped wire over the top, or storm windows supported by scrap lumber, plastic over top and south side. You can set it up in the fall, plant greens, and start harvesting early March, or if you're a member of the procrastinator's club, you can set it up early spring, and put your heat lovers there. When they no longer need the extra shelter, dismantle it and use that straw/hay for mulch over your potatoes or where ever else you need it.