We call this the tomato jungle. We are somewhat lawless around here. I’m quite sure the professional gardeners would have quite a bit to say if they saw the goings-on around here. Time management being what it is, we praise the jungle for it lacks the required attention of a constant gardener.
Our tomato plan is simple indeed, we lay a bed of straw around the closely planted seedlings. As the plants grow large they block sun that would allow weeds to grow.The bed of straw keeps the soil consistenly moist and provides a proper bed on which the little tomatoes will grow. We use no stakes, no pruning, no cages. We let the plants be what they will, with a lovely layer of bedding to keep them comfortable.