Yeah, I was thinking of maybe running these taller branches on a line between the stakes. Almost like training them like beans on a horizontal plane (a tomato espalier??). The tallest branches are about 6ft, and the tallest stakes are about 4.5ft.
They are really getting unwieldy at their height now. I'm lucky they didn't snap off when they tumped over. I guess the rain softened them up enough to prevent that.
It looks like all of the plants have at least one fruit on them now. The combo of some rain and fert ought to really get them producing. They seemed to have rebounded well after the deer assaults.
They all have some disease, but that has abated in the hot weather over the last week. We had almost an inch of rain today, which they really needed. May get a bit more rain over the weekend. We're getting a bit of rain now, with some lightning
The latest varmit has been those nasty fat, green hornworms. I picked one off yesterday that had eggs on it! I think it's wasp larvae, from what I've read? Shoulda got a pic of it, but it was too disgusting. So I flailed it into the weeds. They can defoliate a branch in no time, so I have to be on the lookout for them.
Speaking of weeds I got in the pepper patch and cleared out the rows between the plants. At noon. I was a soppy mess afterwards. I still need to get to the weeds amongst the tom plants. They seem to grow half a foot a day!