My tomatoes this year took ages to ripen, but once they did, it's been hard keeping up with them. I tried something different this year. Instead of pinching out the side shoots, I left them to grow to the top of the stakes and then just lopped the tops off. Easy and it worked. I had just as good as (if not better) than the old way, and a lot less fussing. Bring on anything that makes life easier!!