Tom's Journal - The Great Tomato Tower Switcheroo!
Jun 01, 2012
I'm a simple guy. I like things easy and simple. That's why I copy great ideas; like Nonno's tomato tower design over at the gas station. He is now 91-years-old and still gardens everyday in a huge garden that he takes care of all by himself. I've watched him over these past few years and every year he does his tomato towers the same way: four poles that come together at the top, like a mini-teepee all held together with lots of twine. It's a really good guy
So last year I started to copy his design and I must say I felt very good about it; secure in the fact that I was using a time tested, Italian go-to solution for supporting tomatoes (and it looks cool at the same time). This year I did my towers before he had a chance to do his and I thought I'd invite him over to see that I am a member of the cool guy tomato tower club also.
Imagine my surprise when I visited the gas station and realized he'd changed everything about his design. Gone are the teepees in favor of, as he refers to it (and I kid you not), a new innovation in tomato tower design. I will include some pictures of my "old" design
and the new and improved design.
How the heck do you keep up with a 91-year-old!?