The first order of business was to get in the tomato supports and twine the leader shoot around them (I like to use the curvy poles in the raised beds, although I'm also training some up trellises in the side beds).
In wider beds, I like to use sturdy tomato cages, but in the narrow raised beds that I have here in the mountains, the poles look nicer and don't take up as much space.
But, in pinching back the exuberant axillary shoots, extra branches, etc., I thought I'd propagate an offshoot of one of the Cherokee Purple tomatoes, which was already showing plenty of root primordia on the stem. As I harvest beets, carrots, and onions, there'll be more space for other things, whether more tomatoes or more shade-tolerant veggies like chard.
I just received a nice e-newsletter from Fine Gardening, a favorite gardening magazine, with an excellent article about pruning tomatoes -- more than I usually manage to do, but informative!
I was delighted to see that my shoot (tucked in a very deep pot) managed to survive a hot afternoon, and perked up by evening. It'll be ready to plant in a week or two.
|lower bed looking towards ravine|
Here's a view of the lower raised bed (with the original tomato plant marked). It doesn't really get enough sun to be very productive for tomatoes, but I've planted several, along with some squashes. We'll see!