We have shifted back to a home garden from a market garden, meaning plantings will be more spaced and spread around the garden instead of keeping everything in certain areas to accommodate fast harvesting. Many beds will remain empty for a while.
We started, there will be many more starting days for cukes, cherry tomatoes, melons and other things, four kinds of bush beans, an assortment of radishes, more lettuce (many kinds), five kinds of summer squash, and about 150 tomato transplants of four varieties., The tomatoes were placed half in rings and wrapped in plastic and half just on their own.
We wrap the tomatoes based on a friends process, we have thrips here, both wind and soil borne, the plastic wrap protects from the airborne thrips, and creates a tropic like start for the plants. The guy we modeled ours after would get 30 pounds of tomatoes per ring, a ring being about 28 inches by 6 feet tall with 4-6 plants per ring. This is our second time doing this, the first time we had fantastic growth, with no tomatoes to speak of, I did not know that the rings need to be shaken occasionally to pollinate the blossoms. The plastic goes up, we are a bit late in getting these up, early in the year and protects the plants from the cold, when there is a frost you merely cover the top. As the weather warms, you raise the bottom of the plastic to allow for air circulation and don’t remove the plastic until the plants are over the top, by then the tomatoes are set and the thrips we will not be a problem. My second bed of identical tomatoes planted right next to the wrapped ones will serve as an experiment. We will get the cherry tomatoes in, in the next few days, they are not bothered by thrips.
The rings work great, they are made from the wire mesh used for holding poured concrete, for cucumbers, squash, beans, and anything that you can get to go vertical. The picture was taken at the end of the day, the plastic can be reused for several years if taken care of.