These last few days I used the mild weather to clean up the left over tomato plants and get them out of the patch. Since we have mostly indeterminate plants with long vines it is usually much of a hassle to haul them away to a place where you can burn them( Reminder: Do not burn anything close to your hoop houses ;you'll never know when the wind will shift!!!). But last year Taylor Johnson wrote about his stone boat made out of a truck bed liner. I copied the idea with a rather large liner and voila - it worked really well: Close to the ground one doesn't have to lift these intertwined vines high, one just pushes them onto the boat where it is open in front. I got more than 150 plants on one load and our Haflinger Gandhi pulled it easily. Since this liner is rather wide, I had drilled two holes on the top front corners which I connected after loading with a wire so that they wouldn pull apart.
Mentioning wire, the old Bavarian farmers when they had to mend a harness used to joke self-deprecatingly: Toa ma an Drohd her, a Glump mog i ned.= Give me some wire , I don't like any junk.